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Tom Worthington
Works at ANU Climate Change Institute
Attended Canberra TAFE
Lives in Canberra
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UK Governmen Green ICT Report
The UK Government has released a " Greening Government ICT 2014 Annual Report ".
However, the report seems to be more about an abstract " Green ICT Maturity Assessment Model ", than real reductions in energy use. The report notes a lack of Green ICT skills...
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Terrorism Funded by Charcoal Smuggling
Greetings from the Australian National University in Canberra, where Alan Cole OBE of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is speaking on " The ‘southern route’ and Indian ocean maritime crime ". After discussing how the UN helped with the legal iss...
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Debate over minimally guided instruction of minimal value
Much of the debate over minimally guided instruction is of
minimal value, due to a lack of precision on what is being discussed.
Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark (2006) explain minimally guided
instruction as "one in which learners, rather than being presen...
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TechLauncher Team Formation Day
Greetings from the " TechLauncher Team Formation Day " at Canberra Innovation Network. This is for Australian National University computing students to produce real software, with the option of setting up a company to sell it. There is a team of five studen...
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Soft Skills Review of Australian ICT Degrees
ACS is reported to be reviewing their ICT Profession Core Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and are particularly interested in what employers want in terms of "soft skills" of graduates. See " ICT tertiary courses under review ", by David Swan (The Australian, 26 Fe...
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Digital Students at the Australian Defence Academy
Greetings from the "Red Room" at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra (aka UNSW Canberra), where Dr Jason Mazanov is speaking on " The Digital Student: Insights from Building an On-line Masters Course ". He described how ADFA moved from p...
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Disability and eLearning: Opportunities and Barriers
Mike Kent from Curtin University writes on the accessibility of Blackboard
and Moodle in " Disability and eLearning: Opportunities and Barriers ". He points out that pre-LMS course material using simply formatted w...
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Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
Greetings from the ANU Energy Change Institute in Canberra, where Dr Helen Locher from Hydro Tasmania is speaking on " Greening of the Hydropower Sector? ". She is an Accredited Lead Assessor for the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol . The proto...
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QUT innovation space
Looking for more content on innovation,
I came across a report on a entrepreneurship education program run by QUT (Collet & Roberts, 2014). The report notes the need to: "Evaluate the context of the type of EE program to be delivered and the student demand...
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Google Wants Coders Who Can Communicate
Dr Will Uther , from Google Sydney, talked to the PHD students at the Australian National University this afternoon about " Some things a PhD student needs to know before applying at Google ".  One point he made was that PHDs need to practice their coding s...
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Designing an Innovation Course: Part 2 Some Definitions
In Part 1 I looked at " Needs Assessment and Proposal Development " for a course in "Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship in Technology". With a structure, now I need some content to teach. So I started an  open access search for materials I c...
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Why Do Your Expect an Improvement in Learning with iPads?
Jay Ashcroft asks " Why so many schools fail to get impact from iPad? " (Learn-Maker, 23 February 2015). But how does Jay expect that just providing an iPads, or any other tablet device, on its own to improve education? My primary class was the first at my ...
Jay Ashcroft asks "Why so many schools fail to get impact from iPad?" (Learn-Maker, 23 February 2015). But how does Jay expect that just providing an iPads, or any other tablet device, on its own to improve education? My prim...
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IT Consultant, Expert Witness and Educator
Skills
Government Policy, E-Learning, Research, Analysis, IT Strategy, Sustainability, Moodle, ICT, Governance, Data Analysis, Project Planning, Staff Development, Open Source Software, Adult Education, Higher Education, Defence, Information Technology, Strategic Planning, Green IT, Mentoring, Strategic Consulting, Learning Management, Databases
Employment
  • ANU Climate Change Institute
    Researcher, 2012 - present
  • ANU Energy Change Institute
    Researcher, 2012 - present
    Work on the human dimensions of climate change, mitigation through reduction in energy use with ICT. Teach ICT Sustainability to postgraduate students of the Australian National University, around the world, via e-learning.
  • Australian Computer Society
    Computer Professional Education Program Tutor, 2008 - present
  • Australian National University
    Adjunct Senior Lecturer, 2008 - present
  • TomW Communications Pty Ltd
    Senior Consultant, 1999 - present
  • CSIRO ICT Centre
    Visiting Scientist, 2010 - 2012
    IT products and services represent one of the fastest areas of energy demand and greenhouse gas emission growth, of any sector, nationally and internationally. Research and courses are conducted in ICT and Sustainability which focus on energy efficiency. Work in this area shows how, through energy efficiency, energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly reduced over time.
  • Department of Defence
    IT Policy Adviser, 1994 - 1999
  • Headquarters Australian Defence Force (HQADF)
    IT Policy Adviser, 1990 - 1994
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Canberra
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IT consultant and educator.
Introduction
Tom Worthington is a certified computer professional who acts as a consultant, expert witness in court cases and advises governments and companies.  He blogs on education issues as "The Higher Education Whisperer" and more generally as "The Net Traveller". Tom is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the Australian National University, where he teaches the design of web sites, e-commerce and professional ethics. In 1999 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to the development of public Internet policy.
Bragging rights
Certified Professional, past president, Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society, a voting member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Education
  • Canberra TAFE
    Video Production, 1990 - 1990
    Certificate in Audio-Visual production for training.
  • Australian National University
    Higher Education, 2011 - 2013
    Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • Canberra Institute of Technology
    Vocational Education, 2012 - 2013
    Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
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Other names
Thomas Worthington, Tom T Worthington
Visited in 2008, a few days after the museum opened. The exhibits were well illustrated, with explanations and outstanding animations showing how the devices displayed functioned. The location in Gülhane Park, makes for a pleasant day out.
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reviewed a year ago
Had the green wheat with chicken wrapped in spinach for lunch Sunday at Cafe On Johnston. It was wonderful. Reminded me of a dinner at a little cafe on the shores of the Western Mediterranean a few years ago.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Carpet in room smelt of cigarettes. Breakfast was good. Internet service overprices and not "broadband". When I asked for a taxi at the door, was given the hotel car which charged about five times as much as a taxi for a short ride. Overall the hotel is poor and overpriced.
Quality: Poor - FairFacilities: Poor - FairService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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I stayed at the nearby Backpackers by the Beach for one night. It is one block from the railway station, so easy to get to by train. But if arriving by car, parking outside is limited (had to park a block away in the Mall on a rainy Saturday night). The building is on the corner of Hunter and Pacific Streets. The location is excellent, between Newcastle's main street and a short distance from the beach. There is a cafe next-door and late night supermarket not far away. The reception is on the ground floor which is also the share kitchen and lounge. his makes for a convivial atmosphere. The rooms are up a steep steel fire-escape type stair. I was in room 7 on the third floor. There are views of Newcastle and the water from this floor. Some reviewers complained about mosquitoes, but the room had working fly-screens. The facilities were very good for a backpackers. But then I have stayed at places where all the windows were bricked up. ;-)
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Quality: Very GoodFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The Purple Pickle (known as "The Pickle" to people at ANU) has very good coffee and food, but is not cheap. Some days I spend more time having meetings over coffee and lunch at the pickle, than in my office across the road in the College of Computer Science and Engineering. In fact, if you want to find what is happening at the forefront innovation in engineering or computer science, then the experts are probably meeting at the pickle, to form a research group, float a company or rewire the government.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago