The editors of Open Learning and Formal Credentialing in Higher Education: Curriculum Models and Institutional Policies are Professor Mike Keppell, Associate Professor Shirley Reushle, and Dr Amy Antonio of the Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University Of Southern Queensland.
Professor Mike Keppell is the Executive Director and Professor of the Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He has a long professional history in higher education in Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. His research focuses on learning spaces, blended learning, learning oriented assessment, authentic learning and transformative learning using design based research. Mike has edited two books; Instructional Design: Case Studies in Communities of Practice and Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment. Mike is currently co-leader of the Network of Australasian Tertiary Associations (NATA) which has a vision to facilitate a sustainable collaborative network between established higher education associations (ACODE, ascilite, CADAD, HERDSA and ODLAA). Mike is also working in partnership with the Open Education Resources University (OERu) and the Commonwealth of Learning to promote open education practices in a digital age.
Associate Professor Shirley Reushle is the Deputy Director of the Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland. Her principal research interests are in digital communities, online pedagogy, learning design and educational evaluation. She has taught online in Higher Education for over fifteen years and her doctoral research was in transformative approaches to professional development for online educators. Shirley has also held the positions of Senior Lecturer in Online Pedagogies in the USQ Faculty of Education and Principal Advisor, Learning and Teaching, with the USQ Division of ICT Services. She regularly consults and conducts workshops in designing and facilitating online learning and has authored and co-authored articles on the future of Higher Education, transformative learning, online learning design and the creation and evaluation of learning spaces.
Doctor Amy Antonio is an early career researcher who was awarded her PhD from Deakin University in 2011. Amy’s research background is in literature. She is using her humanities background to inform her new research interests which include: social media and policy; social media in Higher Education; mobile technologies for student engagement; and digital curation. Amy is engaged in a number of upcoming Digital Futures Institute projects including the piloting of a digital curation framework, embedding ePubs into course delivery, and digital communities of practice.