Assembling the heterogeneous elements for (digital) learning


Most of my career was in universities. Taking on a range of roles including: teaching Information Technology (programming, operating systems, systems administration, software development); developing “e-learning” systems; lower-middle management; teaching ICT integration to pre-service teachers; and, now ed/tech designer of sorts.

A digital renovator with a love for kludges and bricolage I’ve developed a few tools including the (ancient and out of date) BIM activity module for Moodle and some kludges for Blackboard (e.g. the Card and Content Interfaces) and now Canvas (e.g. Canvas Collections). Work that has led to some insights into how University “e-learning” could be so much better.

In particular, it appears that the dominant techno-rational, analytical approaches (the SET mindset) to the provision and support of institutional e-learning/technology are not sufficient. I’m interested in how the ideas of tinkering, bricolage, making, and ateleological design (the BAD mindset) can be integrated with the dominant SET mindset harnessed to stretch higher education’s iron triangle (i.e. to maximise quality, access, and efficiency)


If you’d like to contact me, my pesonal email address is davidthomjones at gmail dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with .)

Work/Study history

  • March, 2019 – December 2023 – Learning and Teaching Consultant (Design), Griffith University
  • October, 2018 – VLE Migration Support Officer, Griffith University.
  • January, 2017 – April, 2018: Senior Lecturer and Associate Director, Educational Excellence and Innovation, University of Southern Queensland
  • January, 2012 – December, 2016: Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Southern Queensland.
    Broadly focused on how tinkering and bricolage can be harnessed to improve learning and teaching especially, but not limited to, through the use of technology.
  • February, 2011 – November, 2011: Full-time student in a Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching.
  • July, 2010 – January, 2011: Finished my PhD thesis.
  • December, 2008 – July, 2010: E-learning and innovation specialist, Senior Lecturer
    CQU has restructured the Division of Teaching and Learning Services and as a result of that process I’ve been re-assigned to the position of E-learning and innovation specialist. It’s an academic position intended to encourage innovation in L&T at the host institution. More information about the position.
  • February, 2007 – December, 2008: Head of E-Learning and Materials Development and Senior Lecturer.
    In this role I was the head of the Curriculum Design and Development Unit which was part of the Division of Teaching and Learning Services. The unit was responsible for helping academic staff improve their teaching and learning by helping them with curriculum design, e-learning and resource development.
  • Jan 2006 to Jan 2007 – Senior Lecturer in Information Systems
    I finally bit the bullet and left information technology behind and brought my research and teaching together by joining the information systems group at CQUniversity.
  • July to December 2005 – Project manager
    During this time I was seconded to the Division of Teaching and Learning Services to manage the project responsible for formulating CQU’s plan for using information technology in learning and teaching. The project was intended to bring together a broad array of perspectives and possibilities in order to support and achieve the institution’s learning and teaching management plan, and its strategic plan.
  • 2004 – Senior Lecturer in Information Technology
  • 2000 to 2005 – Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Officer
    I was seconded to an academic position within the faculty intended to encourage the adoption of innovation within the teaching and learning practices of the Faculty of Informatics and Communication.This position is an extension of much of the work I performed since 1996 during my time as lecturer in computing/information technology. During this time I was awarded both the Faculty and University awards for Teacher of the Year (2000).
  • 1990 to 2000, Tutor and Lecturer in Information Technology
    I started work at CQU in 1990 with the Department of Mathematics and Computing. Since then I have taught computing courses ranging from introductory subjects through to Honours level.

Non-work stuff

The really important stuff includes

  • Being father to 3 great kids and husband to a lovely and brillant lady.
  • Running a few head of cattle.Sadly a pastime that has been left behind for a little while.
  • Playing cricket.
  • Enjoying a drink.

On the land

For a number of years my family and I have lived out of town on small farms. Much to our delight.

We started with 100 acres at Nankin near Rockhampton. We lived in a combination hut/caravan which was constructed (under construction photos: 1, 2 by my father-in-law. There was a lovely view from the front veranda. Which also provided some interesting times when it rained a little bit more than normal.

In May 2003 we moved to 240 acres in Struck Oil. One of the advantages of the move was having an established house with some rather nice sunsets and other views (e.g. the feedlot in the mist) and some local wildlife (spiders and frogs)

In 2011 we moved to Toowoomba and eventually found a 10 acre property on the outskirts that has been home to the horses, cats, and dog.


  1. Keith Lyons


    This is the second time I have visited your site via a link from Jocene. I am delighted that her volunteering post got to me via a CCK08 alert.

    Congratulations on having such a delightful weblog with such rich diversity. I have linked to your site at

    I will keep returning!

    Best wishes


  2. seansonofbig

    Hi David Jones,

    I can see traffic from this site, to mine ( but not the link. Is it a private party, or can anyone play?

    • G’day Sean, Sorry, but I can’t remember where/how I became aware of your site or when I linked. Could be a factor of getting old or a malaise brought on by trying to complete the thesis. Had a quick skim again of your blog and much of what you’re talking about recently is of interest – constructive alignment (and qualms about it), reflection, Dunning-Krueger etc. Feel free to play.

  3. jeroencl

    Hi David,
    Very interesting to read your blog. I’m in bit of the same situation as you are now.
    I’m in education for more then 30 years. I have been language teacher in secondary ed, a teacher trainer for 12 years, a consultant / trainer / head language department for another 10. After that I felt that I lost my touch with ‘ real ‘ teaching, so I quit and became a language teacher again. No I work in a secondary school since 2003. I’m am an e-coach also and the coordinator for international activities. See my online resume at:
    After this long entree: Looking back I can see that after 7 years I’m looking for a new challenge. Last year a professor came to me and suggested me to become a researcher again and start with a PhD research program.
    Now I’m writing a proposal for a grant. If I wil get this grant I will start my research in september. I will get a grant for two days a week for 4 years, in which I have to write my thesis. The subject of this research will be New Literacy: reading comprehension of hypertexts ( something like this). I will continue to work at my school for two days a week also. Would like to combine research with improving teaching.
    Hope you find this an interesting coincidence too and to discuss things with you a bit more.

    • G’day Jeroen,
      Found your journey very interesting, especially where you’re currently headed. Over the last few years I’ve really enjoyed the advantages that flow from interacting from an increasingly diverse collection of people. My current studies are also helping to add to that diversity. So, always happy to talk and listen.
      Good luck with your PhD studies. It can be a challenge, but is also rewarding.

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