Richard Stals
Future-education leader. Learning technology. Believes wholeheartedly in the transformative power of learning.
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Experience

Influential Education and Technology leader with over 17 years of achievement in leveraging advances in technology to drive innovative and integrated ICT solutions within the Education sector.

Committed to a whole-of-organisation approach in devloping world-class solutions and processes. Act as a change agent and up-front communicator championing transformation at all levels of the organisation through data-driven decisions.

Embodies a culture of excellence, service-first and continuous improvement to provide robust, trusted and flexible solutions for the organisation. Passionate about creating cohesive and collaborative teams that provide high value to the business.

  • 2014 - Present

    Senior Learning Systems Adviser - Edith Cowan University

    I drove the implementation of the learning analytics platform which gave us for the first-time ever a consolidated view of online learning activity and outcomes across the university.

    Increased our ability for data-driven decision in rolling out a program of detailed support and engagement statistical tracking and reporting. This increased the ability to plan for capacity growth for further expansion in support services.

    I helped shift the relationships with our external vendors away from simple product suppliers to problem-solving partners through investing time in clearly communicating our needs and strategic vision and upping the expectations for a value-added partnership.

  • 2009 - 2013

    Learning Solutions Manager - Edith Cowan University

    I supplied policy advice and development to encourage the growth and capacity of the technology and processes supporting our educational goals.

    I provided guidance to Faculties, Schools and Centres on the adoption of learning systems and the strategies needed to support sound pedagogy.

    I developed and managed the implementation of a resource development initiative that increased the breadth and clarity of communication of the service and product catalog that supportied our teaching and learning.

  • 2009 - 2011

    Sessional Academic - Edith Cowan University

    I taught as a sessional staff academic for 4 years within the University Preparation Course.

    Student evaluation reports were never lower than 92% agreement (three of the four semesters were at 100%)!

  • 2007-2009

    Entrepreneur Business Owner

    Created a software system to record and monitor remote staff health and safety compliance for a Perth-based mining services company. This enabled the company to track compliance real-time for the first time in the company’s history.

    I was a key member of the team that installed and implementated the Information Technology systems upgrade to the University of Western Australia’s Learning Management System infrastructure upgrade.

  • 2005 - 2007

    Learning Management Systems - University of Western Australia

    I drove a complete redesign of the support team processes and technologies to provide staff a single point of contact for requesting and tracking support and training needs.

    I led the project and change management of the major system upgrade resulting in very high satisfaction from academic staff.

    I achieved a 600% reduction in processing time by redesigning the integration of the student management and learning management systems.

  • 2004-2005

    Technology Development Manager - Domain Technology Australia

    I led the technology development of our flagship school information management product.

    I facilitated the technical negotiations for the sale of the start-up.

  • 2001 - 2004

    Computer Support - Kingsway Christian College

    I worked in a small team supporting 320+ computers over two campuses.

    I provided installation, troubleshooting and maintenance as well as small-scale custom software solutions.

Speaking

Invited keynotes, workshops and conference presentations.

Invited Keynote: Griffith University - Learning Futures

Virtual Reality, Simulations and Serious Games: What is out there and where should we go?

Invited presentations: University of Western Australia - mLearning Month

Virtual Worlds, Simulations and Serious Games: Unity3D, SCORM and Blackboard Learn & Adapting to win: making learning technologies work for you.

Conference Presentations: Blackboard's ANZ Teaching and Learning Conference, Webinar and the Apple University Consortium's CreateWorld

Topics include:
Learning Analytics,
Going Mobile - Anytime, Anywhere Access to learning content, information and expertise,
Learner Support,
Virtual Reality, Simulations and Serious Games

Projects

Some interesting and innovative projects I have created through the years.
Click the image for more information on each one.

Digital Songlines: Mobile location-based learning experiences

Create modern-day songlines for your students that leverage well-documented Aboriginal pedagogies to embed learning techniques that connect with your Aboriginal students.

Mass Casualty Serious Game

Simulation training is a key part of a healthcare professional’s education. Standardised patients and partial task trainers such as intubation heads have been used for decades. Advances in technology have seen a growing number of high-fidelity mannequins, virtual reality and computer-based simulations expand the scenarios that can be simulated.

Paramedics Virtual World Prototype

For the new Paramedics Masters set at a local University, I was asked to develop a prototype scenario to teach the students how to triage in a Mass Casualty Incident.

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