Professor Tisdell is a globally-acknowledged leader in digital innovation and technology in education.
Chris is driven by the challenges of: scale; personalized learning; and inclusion and diversity in education. Chris has responded to these critical needs through innovative approaches to online and blended learning. Chris has been an early leader in innovatively applying technology to respond to critical needs in learning and teaching, such as: scale; personalised learning; and inclusion and diversity.
Chris’s innovation and sustained success with blended and online learning has fundamentally enhanced the way students learn. For example, his virtual classroom has included over 10 million people in 200 countries since 2008. Recognition and indicators of success include: A current class of 50,000+ learners on his YouTube educational channel, 10,000,000+ views of his YouTube educational videos, in 2013, this placed his educational channel in the top 40 worldwide on the platform YouTube EDU (and #1 across Go8), together with Oxford and Princeton, 10,000,000+ readers of his interactive etextbooks, making them one of the most popular books of their kind, and an OLT Teaching Excellence Award in 2014.
Chris also has extensive experience innovating with: online educational games; mobile learning; MOOCs; and other online educational resources. UNSW has celebrated his new links between digital innovation, technology and inclusion in education via a Staff Excellence Award (Diversity & Inclusion) in 2015.
Chris was the Director of the Scientia Education Academy (2016 - 2018)
Faculty level contributions
- Science, Teaching and Quality Committee, Chair
- Science, Academic Program Review Group, Chair
UNSW level contributions
- UNSW Scientia Education Academy
- Academic Quality Committee
- Academic Reference Group 3+: Education Stream
- Cultural Diversity Advisory Board
- Disability Advisory Board
- Global Learning Planning Group
- Inspired Learning Initiative Steering Committee
- Learning & Teaching Forum, 2017 Advisory committee
- OLT/AAUT Citation Awards, Panel Member
- Australian Mathematical Society, Fellow
- Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Fellow
- Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Chartered Mathematics Teacher
- Royal Society of NSW, Member
Can technology facilitate learning on a level playing field?
In this presentation Chris provided some critical perspectives on technology in education, including the ideas of: openness; scale and inclusion. Is technology really the answer to challenges in education?
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The use of online video for learning now appears to be “business as usual” for many universities and industry players. As such, the practice of employing online video in higher education seems to have acquired a lustre of naturalized worth. It is precisely this view of naturalized worth that is problematic. For example, the evidence regarding the effectiveness of online video on learning is yet to catch up and support its popularity within our institutions. If online video is going to be a sustained and viable approach to student learning, then there must be compelling evidence that it can form a workable solution for student learning.
In this presentation, Chris discussed research into the effects of educational video on student achievement. What has worked? What hasn't? What can we learn from this?
The recording of this seminar is available via Moodle.