Mr Greg Preston

Mr Greg Preston

Lecturer

School of Education

Career Summary

Biography

I have been lecturing at the University of Newcastle since the early 1990s and during this time have taught at the Undergraduate and postgraduate level- with the majority of my work being with the Coursework masters programs of the Faculty of Education and Arts. Prior to working at the University of Newcastle I worked as a teacher with the department of Education in NSW and held other State and Federal positions. I have supervised numerous RHD students and am currently supervising 10 PhD students. I am also involved in the administrative functions of the University currently being the Student Academic Integrity Officer coordinator for the University, and serving on many University and Faculty committees, including University Senate

Research Expertise
My research is typified by activity in two primary domains. These are Information and Communication Technologies,and the History of Education. Research Domain- Information and Communication Technology and Online learning The field of ICT is the domain where most of my research work has been focused since my appointment, and I am a recognized expert in online learning in higher Education. Key in this area has been the conduct of research which is designed to evaluate the use of ICT and Online learning in Educational settings. Specifically I have developed a strong reputation for quality practical research in the area of uses of Multimedia and the Internet in educational settings. This research evaluates and assesses the outcomes of the introduction of ICT into learning environments, and advises on the effectiveness of specific approaches to the use of ICT. This research links directly with my primary teaching responsibilities. The findings of this research has not only formed the basis for my teaching in this area, but has resulted in numerous presentations at local, nation, and international gatherings and refereed journal articles. Additionally, I was recently the institutional lead on a Carrick priority grant which explored the use of e-learning and the iLecture system at four of Australia's Research intensive universities. Similarly, my work on social issues in ICT has resulted in book chapters and fully refereed presentations at the most important international, and national conferences in this field. Research Domain- History and History of Education My work in this area is founded on an interest in the nature of Educational Institutions and the ways that individual institutions adapt and react to external political, economic and social forces. The research is particularly focused on Teaching and the Institutions of Teacher training. My thesis on the History of the Mechanics Institute and School or Arts movement in the Hunter Valley formed the basis for the Newcastle Library Monograph on this subject My current study in this domain is centred on the nature and transformation of an educational institution across time- specifically the development of a comprehensive history of Newcastle Teachers College, Newcastle CAE and the Hunter Institute of Higher Education. I am also part of team from SORTI which has written a commissioned history of the Australian Teacher Education Association. My research in this domain includes traditional historical methods of document, photographic and policy location, analysis, and interpretation.

Teaching Expertise
My major teaching responsibilities are currently in the School of Education Postgraduate program in ICT. I teach: EDUC6018 Information Technologies and Education EDUC6038 An Introduction to ICT in Education EDUC6036 Educational Leadership and ICT EDUC6039 Applications of Computers in Education EDUC6042 Digitally Supported Learning EDUC6101 Web 2.0 and Beyond EDUC6240 Teaching the Digital Generation During my time at the University I have taught within almost all the programs offered by the school of education. This has included lectures to large undergraduate groups and small tutorials for postgraduate coursework groups. I have been involved with the supervision of practicum placements and RHD students, and been at the cutting edge of the appropriate use of computer-based technology in all of these endeavours. Guiding this involvement has been a belief in the notion of students constructing their own learning. This has lead to a student-centred approach to the learning and teaching process, which stresses the importance of students taking control over their own learning. Similarly, the processes of self-reflection and evaluation (both student and peer) have been pivotal in the development of my teaching style. I have received the Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence for 2005, and the Vice-Chancellors Citation for outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for 2006.

Administrative Expertise
I have made significant contributions to planning, governance and academic leadership within the University. I have contributed to numerous committees and been active in the development of policy in relation to key teaching, learning and research initiatives at the school, faculty and university level. My committee membership has spanned all areas of University activity, including research, teaching and administration. I was on the standing committee (senior executive) committee of the school for 1992-2000. However it is in the area of ICT where I have had the most impact. My expertise in this area has meant that I have had the opportunity to contribute to the development of computer use policy, purchase policy, and guide the integration of ICT skills into all aspects of the schools focus. As the expert in this area, I have been instrumental in this transition. I was the Manager, ICT and e-learning for the school (1992-2002 and again from 2005-2011) I was the Director, Web-based learning and teaching (2002-2005). I am currently the School Academic Conduct Officer. I have previously served on the numerous school based committees including: School of Education Teaching Committee (1992-2005), School Teacher Education Committee (2002-2005), School of Education Standing committee (1992-2000), School of Education Research committee (1992-1996). Similarly, I have had the opportunity to contribute to academic leadership, governance and planning at the Faculty level. Again I have been active on many committees and have provided advice in relation ICT issues to HOS and PVC both as result of this committee membership and independent to it. My Faculty committee involvement has included: * Chair -Faculty Educational Technology committee (1996- 2002) * Chair - Faculty Open Learning and Flexible Delivery Committee (1998) * Member - Faculty Standing committee (1992 - 2001) * Member Faculty Open Learning and Flexible Delivery Committee (1996-1997) * Member- IT portfolio committee (2002-2004) * Member - Faculty of Education Teaching committee (1992-1998). * Member- Faculty Board (2010-current) I have also provided input into planning and policy development at the University level. I have been the Faculty representative on University Academic and Research IT committee, and the University E-learning group (elected chair for 2006-7). Additionally, I have been the University Representative on the Australian Apple University's Consortium since 1999. Previously, I was the Chair of the University Multimedia committee (1995-1997) and a member of the University Web Development consultative group (1996-1998). Further I have been a member of more than 15 IT review groups or working groups in the period 1992-2010. I am currently a member of the Working group for the university's Virtual learning Management Project, and a member of the University Teaching and Learning Computing Services committee My involvement at the University level has seen me twice become the elected chair of a university committee, and also represent the university on a national IT group for the last twelve years. I have also provided advice to senior executive members of the University independent to this committee membership. I am currently an elected member of the University Senate, and an appointment member of the University Teaching and learning Committee, and the University Program and Course Approval Committee. I am currently the University Student Academic Conduct Officer Coordinator.

Collaborations
My research is typified by activity in two primary domains. These are Information and Communication Technologies, and the History of Education. Research Domain- Information and Communication Technology The field of ICT is the domain where most of my research work has been focused since my appointment. Key in this area has been the conduct of research which is designed to evaluate the use of ICT in Educational settings. This research evaluates and assesses the outcomes of the introduction of ICT into learning environments, and advises on the effectiveness of specific approaches to the use of ICT. My work in this domain has include extensive work with Microsoft and Apple research projects and involvement with the Australian Learning and teaching council. i am a regular reviewer for more than 10 refereed journals in this field. Research Domain- History and History of education My work in this area is founded on an interest in the nature of Educational Institutions and the ways that individual institutions adapt and react to external political, economic and social forces. The research is particularly focused on Teaching and the Institutions of Teacher training. My thesis on the History of the Mechanics Institute and School of Arts movement in the Hunter Valley formed the basis for the Newcastle Library Monograph on this subject . My current study in this domain is similarly centred on the nature and transformation of an educational institution across time. The purpose of the research is to compile a comprehensive history of Newcastle Teachers College, Newcastle CAE and the Hunter Institute of Higher Education. The research involves traditional historical methods of document, photographic and policy location, analysis, and interpretation.

Qualifications

  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Computer Education
  • Computer education
  • History of Education
  • Multimedia
  • Online Education
  • Research methodology

Languages

  • German (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130103 Higher Education 20
130306 Educational Technology and Computing 60
220202 History and Philosophy of Education 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 - 31/12/2011 Editorial Board - NSW Computer Education group NSW Computer Education group
Australia
1/01/2009 - 31/12/2011 Membership - Australian Council of Computer Education Australian Council of Computer Education
Australia
1/01/2000 -  Membership - Australian Society for Computers in learning in Tertiary Education Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Australia
1/01/1992 -  Membership - International Society of Technology Education International Society of Technology Education
Australia
1/11/1986 - 1/04/1992 Research assistant University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Australian Council of Education Australian Council of Education
Australia
Member - Australian Historical Association Australian Historical Association
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1987 - 1/04/1992 NSW School Teacher NSW Department of Education and Training

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2006 Vice-Chancellors Citation for outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Unknown
2005 Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence
University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
1991 Minor Thesis in Educational Studies Prize.
Unknown
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
Total funding $335,530

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20131 grants / $1,500

EARLI 2013, Munich 27-31 August 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Mr Greg Preston
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300770
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $8,350

People, Places, Pedagogy, Paradigm and Purpose: Evaluating Innovation and Building Research Capacity within a K-12 School $7,350

Funding body: Association of Independent Schools

Funding body Association of Independent Schools
Project Team Doctor Kylie Shaw, Associate Professor Kathryn Holmes, Doctor Rachel Buchanan, Mr Greg Preston
Scheme Independent Schools Centre for Excellence
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200696
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Investigating student study behaviors in blended-learning environments$1,000

Funding body: Echo360

Funding body Echo360
Project Team Mr Greg Preston
Scheme Blended Learning Grants Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200282
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

20111 grants / $54,043

Innovative Teaching and Learning Research Project$54,043

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training
Project Team Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Associate Professor Kathryn Holmes, Mr Greg Preston, Doctor Kylie Shaw
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1000993
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20081 grants / $11,277

The Impact of Web-based Lecture Technologies on Current and Future Practice in learning and Teaching$11,277

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team Mr Greg Preston
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189173
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20071 grants / $8,000

2007 LearnScope Project Evaluation$8,000

Funding body: LearnScope

Funding body LearnScope
Project Team Mr Greg Preston, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0188427
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20062 grants / $209,685

The impact of web-based lecture technologies$192,175

Funding body: Australian Learning and Teaching Council

Funding body Australian Learning and Teaching Council
Project Team

Dr Maree Gosper

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

History of the Australian Teacher Education Association$17,510

Funding body: Australian Teacher Education Association

Funding body Australian Teacher Education Association
Project Team Associate Professor Josephine May, Mr Greg Preston, Professor Bob Bessant, Professor Allyson Holbrook
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0186621
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y

20041 grants / $4,975

The College: A history of Newcastle Teachers' College$4,975

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Scheme Project Development Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20031 grants / $29,666

Comparisons of evaluations by PhD examiners and ARC Discovery Grant assessors$29,666

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Allyson Holbrook, Emeritus Professor Sid Bourke, Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat, Mr Greg Preston
Scheme Multi-Year Project Grant Scholarship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0182326
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19951 grants / $1,734

Sixth IFIP World Conference Computers in Education - United Kingdom$1,734

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Mr Greg Preston
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
GNo G0175525
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

19921 grants / $6,300

The Wetlands Multimedia project$6,300

Funding body: Environment Protection Authority NSW

Funding body Environment Protection Authority NSW
Scheme National Wetlands Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 1992
Funding Finish 1992
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed8
Current6

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.25
PhD1.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Web-based Collaborative Learning with Reward System to Enhance the Students' Motivation and Writing Performance PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters To Evaluate the Effectiveness of Innovative Teaching and Learning Approaches on the Promotion of Deep Learning Pedagogies and How the Process of Redesigning Learning Impacts on Teachers' Wellbeing M Philosophy (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 PhD Personalising Professional Development Recommendations for Staff Adopting Technology Enhanced Learning Using Learning Analytics PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Classroom-Based Oral Assessment of EFL in Tertiary Education: An Investigation into Construct Validity and Reliability PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Negotiating the labyrinth: women in higher education leadership in Vietnam and Australia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2009 PhD A Metacognitive Explanation of the Professional Functioning: a Study of Mental Health Nurses and Workplace Wellbeing PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Applying Computer-Mediated Collaborative Learning into English Foreign Language Classrooms at a Vietnamese University PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD The Effect of Using Online Discussion Forums in Blended Learning Courses at Saudi Universities PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Student Motivation to Engage in Blended Learning: A Singapore Case Study PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement for Public Universities in Sulawesi, Indonesia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD The Study of the Use of ICT Blended Instruction in the Teaching of English in a Thai University PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Online Instruction in Saudi Arabian Universities: Attitudes and Satisfaction Towards E-Learning Systems PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Quality of Teaching Performance in Higher Education Institutions in North Sulawesi Indonesia PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2009 PhD "Are Schools Ready to go Online?" A Study that Examines the Current State of Information and Communication Technologies in Secondary Schools and Explores the Possibility of the Introduction of a More Flexible Educational Structure Though Online Technology PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Mr Greg Preston

Position

Lecturer
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email greg.preston@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5891
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HC72
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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