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Geoff Mitchell

Dr Geoff Mitchell is currently the Director of Learning Environments and Technology Services at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he is responsible for the University’s information technology and audio visual support services. In this role he is responsible for the University’s IT helpdesk as well as the design, development and deployment of technology in over 300 of the University’s formal and informal learning spaces.Geoff’s research interests are predominantly focussed on the design and use of virtual and physical learning spaces to encourage greater levels of student engagement with a view to delivering improved student learning outcomes. Since 2004, Geoff has been a partner in an international research project that has developed and implemented a model for benchmarking institutional e-learning maturity that has involved some 40 New Zealand, and United Kingdom higher education institutions. More recently he was the project leader for an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant which explored issues associated with retrofitting existing university learning spaces: with a view to enabling and discovering cost effective ways to facilitate new forms of student learning. Prior to joining QUT Geoff was the Director of the University Teaching Development Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, the Manager of the Educational Products and Services at Griffith University, an information systems academic, and an IT professional.

Title of talk:Evolving Learning Space Designs: QUT’s journey through space and time.