My Melbourne with Peter Mellow

April 13 / 107

My Melbourne with Peter Mellow
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What is your title?

eLearning Designer, Learning Environments. This is a new position, I only joined the University in November. It’s very exciting, there’s lots of potential and opportunity.

Describe your typical day.

I am heavily involved in supporting the MOOC initiative at the University, we just launched the Macroeconomics MOOC two weeks ago, and we’ve got the Wealth of Nations subject starting in another two weeks, with five more subjects starting during 2013, which is really exciting but very hectic.

MOOC, the word of the year in 2012, stands for Massive Open Online Course. Even though we’ve been doing it in tertiary education for a decade now, MOOCs have highlighted Online Learning and brought it to the forefront, and have really made people consider online learning as a viable alternative and as an adjunct to face-to-face teaching.

What do you like about working at the University?

I really like the sense of community, there’s a great vibe on the campus and buzz. Also the cooperation and collaboration with colleagues within Learning Environments and the whole university, it’s a good team effort which I really like.

What’s something about yourself your colleagues may not know?

I have a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award from New Zealand, from my time teaching at my last University. Apart from that I’m pretty transparent.

What’s one piece of advice you’ve received?

Don’t underestimate Online Learning, it’s really taking off. The Melbourne MOOCs have more than 170 000 people enrolled in them, and it’s really great because Universities have always been involved in teaching and learning and community involvement, and MOOCS bring them together in a new way. Making our subject accessible to people throughout the world is very exciting.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

I don’t drink coffee! I like all the water fountains around the campus, they’re very sustainable, and occasionally I buy an orange juice.

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