Mr Mark Smithers


Senior Coordinator, Digital Learning Des

School /
Work Unit

Design & Social Context Office

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College of Design and Social Context

As a Senior Coordinator Digital Learning Design my role is to work with staff to develop and implement strategies for the effective use of digital technologies in learning and teaching.

I have over twenty five years’ experience working with, and for, universities in the UK and Australia as an academic, consultant and professional staff member as well as experience in private industry. My work has involved course development, learning design and innovative learning and teaching practices including problem based learning, simulations, gaming and scenario based learning. More recently my work has involved new approaches to learning and teaching based on appropriate use of current technology.

I have worked for the last 20 years as an academic, e-learning professional, educational technologist, software developer, analyst and technology manager, giving me a wide understanding of educational technology in higher education. I am an accomplished strategist and technologist and have developed technical solutions for several universities.

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Key activities

I work on a range of projects within the College of Design and Social Context.


  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Glamorgan 1988
  • Master of Philosophy from the University of Glamorgan 1992

Industry experience

Educational Technologist, Swinburne Online 2012-1013

I worked as educational technologist reporting directly to the General Manager of Information Technology working closely with the Learning Design team and other technologists within the organisation. During this time I ran the cross disciplinary innovation stream with a remit to identify sustaining and disruptive innovations with potential to improve the way that Swinburne Online worked. I worked on process improvement for managing the courseware production process and introduced a standards based approach to using modern web technologies. I was a key member of the team that evaluated a possible new LMS for SOL which involved a detailed analysis of several prominent learning management systems.

Senior Manager, Teaching & Learning Systems, ICT Application Delivery, ITS, RMIT University 2009 - 2012

Responsible for two teams that provided technical support and application management for RMIT's enterprise wide educational technologies.

Manager of e-Learning and Web Development, Division of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University 2007 - 2009

I managed the strategic development of the Division's web and e-learning initiatives including the adoption of new web technologies, e-learning technologies and web application development.

Director Myoporum Pty Ltd, 2004 - 2007

I provided consulting and software development specialising in e-learning applications and educational technology.

Consultant, Deakin Prime, 2003 - 2004

I provided strategic advice and research services focused on on the use of learning management systems in professional education and training. I also provided software development services and analysed and developed technical documentation and proposals for systems integration between DeakinPrime and Deakin University. I specified, designed and developed a web based assignment handling system for use with large student cohorts.

Lead Web Architect, Commander Communications Ltd 2000 - 2001

Leading the web team , I was responsible for the operational management and strategic development of the internet, intranet and extranets for Commander Communications. Key projects included:

a) The integration of Commander’s web hosting environment to allow sign up and site management to occur seamlessly from within Commander’s web site.

b) The development of a content management system to drive the web site (including an approvals and workflow system).

c) The development of stage one of the customer only area of the Commander web site allowing customers to access account and billing details and order products online.

Other projects included; company portal, corporate news and bulletins system, user managed web sites for organisational divisions, an e-learning system for sales force including reporting.

Web Developer, Deakin Centre for Academic Development, Deakin University 1999 - 2000