About Richard

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eLearning Consultant, Pirongia, New Zealand

July 2013 to present
  • eLearning design, Moodle and Articulate Storyline. Safety 'N Action, Instant Education
  • php development, Simple Lesson plugin for Moodle 4.
  • Remote Moodle administration for NZPPA, Fit Futures.
  • Completed book: Managing the Moodle School, available in the iBook Store.
  • Collaborating with HRDNZ and Academic Tribe on projects for RMIT, NZQA, Chisolm TAFE and Geneva Health.
  • Completed Certificate in Facilitating and Designing eLearning with Open Polytechnic.
  • Developed third-party plugins for Moodle: Simple Question, Atto Question and SimpleLesson.
  • Worked with Justin Hunt, The POODLL Guy on course design and development projects.

Director of eLearning, The Southport School, Australia

February 2010 to June 2013
  • Responsible for setting up and administering Moodle and Mahara.
  • Responsible for staff PL in Educational Technology.
  • Managing Australian Government Quality Teaching Programme funded projects on ePortfolios, Staff Professional Learning and eLearning Leaders.
  • Strategic development of blended learning classroom pedagogy.

You can find a write up of our adventures in eLearning here: How an LMS and BYOD Changed a School.

eLearning Consultant, Karapiro Village, New Zealand

August 2008 to January 2010
  • Admininstering, designing, developing and running Online PD workshops for the IBO via my own LMS.
  • Senior examiner for IBO, examination papers, principal moderator computer science projects.
  • Working on the books: Computer Science (2nd edition) and a Computer Science Projects Workbook for IBID Press, Melbourne.

Head of ICT, Dulwich College Beijing, Beijing, China

August 2006 to July 2008
  • Setting up and developing the Virtual Learning Centre (Moodle LMS).
  • Chair of the ICT strategic committee.
  • Teaching Key Stages 3 and 4 and staff training.
  • Adult Leader, Rotary Interact Club.
  • Led student/staff/parent trip to build houses for Tabitha Cambodia in November 2007.

e-Learning Manager, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Auckland, New Zealand

October 2004 to April 2006

Seconded to Te Tauihu o Nga Wananga as Project Manager, Resource Center.

  • Designed structure, content of resource centre.
  • Ran training workshops for Tertiary educators.
  • Designing workflow for digital repository (DSpace).
  • Preparation of online e-learning material (Moodle).
October 2004 to June 2005: Following secondment:
  • Integrating the Resource Centre into the Wananga Development Plan.
  • Responsibility for management of e-Learning application (Moodle LMS).
  • Associated course development/transition to e-Learning.
  • Evaluation of e-Learning capability.
  • Developing Level 4 and Online Education certificate programs.

e-Learning Manager, Auckland International College, 85 Airedale Street Auckland, New Zealand

July 2003 to June 2005
  • Responsible for developing the new IB Computer Science course.
  • Teaching the ICT course to pre-IB students.
  • Designed and developed support websites for students.
  • Specifying college e-learning platforms, admin package; development of reporting and assessment resources (Crystal Reports).
  • Auditing and developing staff ICT training needs.
  • Oversaw student-led Local and Global Activities fundraising and services group.
  • Part-time after January 2005.
    • Visiting Lecturer, Dept of Computer Science, University of Waikato Hamilton, New Zealand

      July 2002 to July 2003
      • Lecturing first and second year courses in computer programming (C++), systems architecture and digital electronics.
      • Designed and developed support websites for above courses.
      • Responsible for further developing the 7th form scholarship program.

      Teacher i/c Lower School Computing, United World College of South East Asia, Singapore

      August 1998 to June 2002
      • Teaching IT in Grades 5 and 8, Electronics in Grades 6 and 7, IGCSE Computing in Grades 9 and 10, IB Computer Science in Grades 11 and 12. Outstanding external examination results.
      • Responsible for curriculum development of IT in Lower School.
      • Led Staff Training sessions in the use of IT.
      • Led student expeditions to Southern Riau, Indonesia & Northern Thailand.

      Director of Computing Services, St Julian's School, Portugal

      September 1989 to July 1998
      • Teaching keyboard skills in Years 3-6, IT in Years 7-9, GCSE Computing in Years 10 and 11, IB Computer Science and ITGS in Grades 12 and 13. Invited to become IB Examiner on strength of examination results.
      • Responsible for all computer specification and purchasing in the school.
      • Responsible for integration of IT into the middle school curriculum subject areas in line with the English National Curriculum requirements. Judged a success by ECIS accreditation team.
      • Responsible for staff training in IT and set up the financially successful Cambridge IT adult training program.
      • Chair of the Staff Association for 3 years, conducted critical salary negotiations with the board during a difficult period.
      • Designed and developed the school's networked Administration Database.

      Researcher, Nat Lab Industrial Engineering and Technology, Portugal

      August 1986 to August 1989
      • Research/computer programming of mathematical models of fluidized bed combustion. Several peer-reviewed publications on this topic.
      • Responsible to Director for EEC hydrocarbon project evaluations.
      • Utility/systems programming tasks.


      August 1985 to July 1986
      • Advertising copy (Commercial Union Insurance, TAP Air Portugal).
      • Tutoring.
      • Technical report translation: Portuguese-English.

      Chief Geophysicist, Atlantic Resources Lda, Portugal

      February 1982 to July 1985
      • Working with the World Bank to promote West African prospects.
      • Seismic survey field supervision Senegal, Guinea Bissau.
      • Geophysical/seismic interpretation and mapping.
      • Technical report translation: French-English.

      Geophysical Consultant, Atlas Geophysical Consultants, UK

      September 1980 to January 1982

      Geophysical Consultant, Southern Geophysical Consultants, UK

      July 1977 to August 1980
      • Working as a client representative on marine seismic surveys.
      • Worked for all of the oil majors at one time or another.
      • Worked North Sea, Western Approaches, Grand Banks, Hudsons Bay, West Africa, East Africa, Mediterranean, Taranaki NZ, Venezuala, S China Sea.

      QC Seismologist, Geophysical Service International, UK

      July 1974 to June 1976
      • First real job out of college.
      • Worked on geophysical surveys in the South China Sea, Grand Banks Newfoundland, East Africa, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea.