Mark Pegrum • Bio


short bio / long bio



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A visual representation of my online presence as of January 2012, courtesy of MIT's Personas

Short bio:

I'm an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Australia, where I specialise in m-learning (mobile learning) and, more broadly, e-learning. My teaching has been recognised through Faculty and University Excellence in Teaching Awards, as well as a 2010 national Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) Excellence in Teaching Award. My current research focuses on mobile technologies, digital literacies, augmented reality, and mobile learning trails and games. My recent books include: Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education and the Internet, co-edited with Joe Lockard, and published by Peter Lang in 2007; From Blogs to Bombs: The Future of Digital Technologies in Education, published by UWA Publishing in 2009; Digital Literacies, co-authored with Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly, and published by Pearson in 2013; and Mobile Learning: Languages, Literacies and Cultures, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. I am an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, a member of the Editorial Board of Language Learning & Technology, the Editorial Board of System, the Editorial Board of Interactive Technology and Smart Education, the Advisory Board of Advances in Language and Literacy Studies, and the Review Panel of the International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. I am also a member of the Advisory Council for the Laureate-Cambridge Online Language Learning Research Network (OLLReN), a member of the Advisory Panels for the Digital Education Show Asia and EduTECH Asia, and a member of the Programme Committee for the International Mobile Learning Festival. I currently teach in Perth, Hong Kong and Singapore and have given presentations and run seminars on e-learning and m-learning in Australia and New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, and the UK and Europe. Further details can be found in my long bio below.



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The skyline of my hometown, Perth, at dusk, January 2012

Long bio:

I'm an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. Nowadays I work primarily in the areas of m-learning (mobile learning) and e-learning, but over a number of years, I've taught in the areas of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), German and French language, and contemporary culture. The universities and organisations where I've worked include Milner International College of English in Perth, Australia; Stanton School of English in London, England; Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland; the English Club in Oulu, Finland; and the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland.

Mark_(ALTC_Pic)_V2.jpgI was born and grew up in Perth, Australia and after seven years abroad returned home in 2005 to take up my present lectureship. I teach a variety of courses, mostly with a focus on e-learning.

At undergraduate level, I run a B.A. unit entitled A World of Mobile Learning. At postgraduate level, on the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) programmes for pre-service teachers, I run a combined unit entitled Teaching & Learning with ICTs. On the Master of Education programme for in-service teachers, I run a unit on E-Learning in Perth, as well as teaching the same unit as part of our offshore programmes in Hong Kong and Singapore, and I run a follow-up unit on Advanced E-learning in Perth. On the same programme, I also run a unit entitled Teaching & Researching with Mobile Technologies. As part of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching for tertiary lecturers, I offer a unit on Digital Technologies for Learning. I run a professional development course called Emergent Technologies in Education, a new version of which was developed in 2010 with funding from the Australian Learning & Teaching Council, and which has been delivered in Perth and Melbourne. I run an Introduction to E-learning day seminar, which has been delivered in various locations nationally and internationally. I also teach customised seminars and PD programmes on e-learning and m-learning and do consultancy work (please contact me for further details).

I teach guest sessions connected on new technologies in a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate education units. In the undergraduate unit Learning Effectively, I give a lecture and tutorial entitled "From Technology to Pedagogy". In Education for a Global Knowledge Society, I give a lecture and tutorial on "Viral Learning". In the Dip.Ed. unit Approaches to Student Assessment, I run a tutorial on "E-portfolios".

I also do some teaching and programme co-ordination in other areas. On the Doctor of Education programme I run a compressed weekend course on Academic English. I am the co-ordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, a pedagogical programme for tertiary educators. Since mid-2012 I have been the Director of Transnational Programmes and Chair of the International Committee in the Faculty of Education. My past teaching at UWA has included units on Global English, Educational Sociolinguistics, and Context & Identity in Language Teaching, as part of the Master of Education programme. From 2006-2009, I ran the TESOL Curriculum I and TESOL Curriculum II units on the Graduate Dip.Ed. programme.

Outside UWA, I was invited to contribute a guest slot to the international TESOL EVO Multiliteracies for social networking and collaborative learning environments programme in January 2010, and in the past have done guest slots on the UK-based Master of Teaching Modern Languages to Adults programme at the University of Dundee.

My teaching has been recognised through a Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (2008), two University Excellence in Teaching Awards (2006, 2010) and a national Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) Excellence in Teaching Award (2010).

My research - publications, conference papers and presentations - is primarily in the areas of e-learning and m-learning (mobile learning). My main current focus is on mobile technologies, digital literacies, augmented reality, and mobile learning trails and games. My recent books include: Brave New Classrooms: Democratic Education and the Internet, co-edited with Joe Lockard, and published by Peter Lang in 2007; From Blogs to Bombs: The Future of Digital Technologies in Education, published by UWA Publishing in 2009; and Digital Literacies, co-authored with Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly, and published by Pearson in 2013; and Mobile Learning: Languages, Literacies and Cultures, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. I am an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments, a member of the Editorial Board of Language Learning & Technology, the Editorial Board of System, the Editorial Board of Interactive Technology and Smart Education, the Advisory Board of Advances in Language and Literacy Studies, and the Review Panel of the International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. I am also a member of the Advisory Council for the Laureate-Cambridge Online Language Learning Research Network (OLLReN), a member of the Advisory Panels for the Digital Education Show Asia and EduTECH Asia, and a member of the Programme Committee for the International Mobile Learning Festival. I have given seminars, workshops, conference papers and presentations on e-learning and m-learning in Australia, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cyprus, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the UK.

I travel a lot for work but I also like travelling in my spare time. Some of my favourite destinations include Budapest, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lisbon, Marrakech, , Reykjavik, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. You can see a slideshow of my most recent travel pics next to the travel map below, or you can flick through them here.


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>>>>>>>>>My recent travel pics<<<
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An ideal day at home in Perth is some combination of: beach / shops / restaurant / winebar / live gig. My main hobbies are photography (see my Flickr photostream), dining out (with my some of my favourite places reviewed on Urban Spoon) and, in the few odd gaps in my schedule, watching films (old Besson, some Almodóvar, Cuarón and Ozon, most Araki and Wong Kar Wai, and more recently Dolan) and TV series (like Being Human, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Satisfaction, Skins and True Blood). And of course, there’s always time for music ... I have pretty eclectic taste so what I'm playing varies enormously from day to day and week to week. Anyway, you can see which artists I've been listening to most in the table below, courtesy of Last.fm.




You can contact me through email, IM or Skype. And yes, I spend too much time on Facebook and Twitter ...

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My Facebook Friend Map (March 2014)



Credits: The visual representation of my online presence was generated through MIT's Personas. The travel map was created with the Matador Travel Map service. The Facebook connections map was created with My Friend Map on Facebook.