DrJim's Biography

FuturePD is now the leading provider of Professional Learning in ICT Pedagogy in Western Australia. This has been a product of DrJim's enthusiasm, professionalism and his obvious love of what he does. Jim's pragmatic approach to appropriate use of ICT in education has resulted in the development of Learning Technologies programs for many schools in Australia. He is engaging, knowledgeable and has a thorough understanding of both the potential and ther limitations of ICT in the classroom.

A full resume can be found here. Highlights of his career are shown below. DrJim spent 2011 cycling round Europe and is back for 2012 with a whole host of new ideas.

Selected Keynote Addresses

Jim has been invited to speak at the following conferences;


EDU-IT Conference – Conference Host and Keynote Address "Never Mind the Future – What About the Now"


AISNSW Executive Conference – "How can we challenge, connect and engage today's adolescent learners?"
WA School Libraries Conference – "Avenues to the future - imagine, inspire, interact"


ALEA/ETA Conference – "Multiple Literacies in the 21st Century"
AISNSW IT Managers Conference – "Web 2.0 – Concepts and Consequences"


AISNSW - Teacher Librarians Conference- Opening Keynote Address
Expanding Learning Horizons 2006 - Workshop on Web 2.0 Technologies
AISNSW - IT Managers Conference - Panel Session & Workshop
TAFE TRIC Conference - Closing Keynote
WAPPA Conference - Workshop
ALEA Conference WA - Closing Keynote


AISNSW - ICT Integrators Conference - Opening Keynote Address, Closing Panel Session
Expanding Learning Horizons 2006 - Workshop


Expanding Learning Horizons 2005 - Keynote Address, Panel Chair - Visionary Stream, Workshop - Blogging Technologies

TRIC conference in Geraldton, WA - Keynote Address

Leading From the Front conference in Fremantle, WA- Keynote Address, Lead Consultant

In previous years, Jim has delivered Keynote Addresses at the following conferences;

ECAWA conference, 2004
ALEA/ETA conference, 2004 & 2003
Flexible Learning & Networking conference 2004 (Great Southern, Pilbara & West Coast)
AISWA ICT Forum 2004
Learning Through Technology conference, 2003

Selected Conference Presentations
New Teachers Seminar – “Authentic Integration of ICT into the curriculum
100 Schools Project ICT Coordinators Conference – “Getting IT Right
Great Southern TAFE Professional Learning Conference – “ Techno-Literacy
Pilbara District School Leadership Conference – “Inclusivity in our schools
100 Schools Project ICT Innovators Workshop – “Designing Authentic ICT-rich tasks
Transforming Learning Conference – “Bloom’s Taxonomy Goes Digital
New Teachers Seminar – “Authentic Integration of ICT into the curriculum

University Teaching
Jim has lectured at Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA for the past six years on a sessional and invitational basis. He was the unit coordinator and writer of the University Preparation Course Unit - UPC0004 Accessing and Organising Knowledge. This unit is designed to help students find and organise appropriate information from a variety of sources, including the WWW, online libraries and databases. In 2005, Jim was also asked to lecture in the IST3131 Information Policies course at ECU.

Independent Learning Technologies Consultant (2000-present)
In 2000, Jim set up the first ICT in education consultancy in Western Australia - FuturePD. During the past five years, FuturePD has been the consultancy of choice for schools and colleges wishing to develop sound pedagogical practice as they integrate their technologies. Jim is a speaker in demand at conferences and is involved in projects with schools, universities and industry. He specialises in building "hands-on, minds-on" curriculum that is ICT rich and outcomes-focused.

Team Leader: Learning solutions - Edith Cowan University 2009 - 2011
The Learning Solutions Team at ECU delivers and promotes innovative expertise in current and emerging learning technologies to contribute to the University's delivery of high quality, learner focused outcomes. The Team consists of Learning Designers, trainer/facilitators and technical officers and supports academic staff in their endeavour to create and deploy 21st Century learning experiences. I was fortunate to set up and manage this team in 2009-2011. In addition, the role was pivotal in helping the University move towards its Learning Goals for 2012.

Head of ICT Integration - All Saints' College (2005 - 2007)
Jim was the Headof ICT Integration at All Saints' College, responsible for developing staff professional learning programs and running the Notebook program for students and staff.

Learning Technologies Consultant - Catholic Education Office (1999-2000)
In 1999, Jim was seconded from a teaching position into the Catholic Education Office, as the Lead Learning Techologies Consultant. His primary duties in this role were;
Delivery of Professional Learning Support to Middle and Secondary schools
Distribution of “Computers for Schools” program funding.
Construction of support and assessment materials.

Middle School Coordinator, Science & Technology Teacher (1995-1999)
Teacher of Science (Yr 8-12), Information Systems (Yr 11).
Responsible for the planning development and coordination of the Year 8 Learning Teams.
Special responsibility for ICT integration.

Field Applications Specialist - Promega Biotechnology (1993-1995)
Technical specialist with responsibility for clients in hospitals, forensic units, university research centres. The main duties were provision of detailed scientific advice, setting up new laboratories, trouble-shooting, delivery of small group and large group technical seminars, running training sessions and research workshops, preparation of training manuals and business strategy documentation.