Peter Mellow,
eLearning Designer @ The University of Melbourne

This page contains a number of links to significane events and/or papers/articles/content that I have written that are present on the internet as evidence of some of my work in the area of education. It is provided so you don't have to enter lengthy URL web addresses into your browser. If you wish to read any of the articles just click on the links and read! :-)

Please note: This is not a complete list of my published academic papers.
Academic papers, conference presentations and posters are included on separate pages, please click on the links to visit them.

Indexed Year of achievement:
2016 2015 2014 2013
2012 2011 2010 2009
2008 2007 2006 2005
2004 2003 2002 2000

Title - (click on the text to go to that page - if there is one)
2017 THETA Conference
2017 Coursera Conference March 29-31, 2017   Coursera Conference
2017 THETA Conference Reviewer for THETA Conference
2016 University of Melbourne Award for Excellence in Engagement Teaching

Our MOOC team provided support to the Academic team and Deb Jones (our Learning Environments Manager) to make this award happen by creating the five courses that make up the Financial Specialization MOOCs.

These course first ran in 2015, and achieved over 100,000 enrolments in just over six months.

2016 University of Melbounre professional staff development conference. Our team presentation on our MOOC team development process within the University.
LE MOOC presentation 2016 from Peter Mellow
2015 The Learning Assembly Australia - Melbourne Presented on MOOCs - Opportunities for eLearning, training and career development in industry  


2014 Stanford Online MOOC - Your Body in the World Statement of Accomplishment  


2013 Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence Symposium

Looking into MOOCs


2013 AUT University

Looking into MOOCs


2013 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia

Spoke in a webinar titled: MOOCs – What have we learnt?

A recordeing is available to view via the link provided.
2013 The Tertiary Education Teaching and Learning Innovation Conference by Liquid Learning

The value of online learning – Strategic opportunities and challenges of the MOOCs revolution

2013 DEshow13Presenter at the Digital Education Show Asia 2013

Two presentations:

Disruptive technologies changing the face of tertiary education

What does the next-generation digital classroom look like?

Part of the closing panel discussing Planning next-generation schools for the digital generation

Presentations are available to view at:


2012 AorakiStaff development conference 4th - 6th July 2012 I did four sessions at Aoraki, on the Wednesday evening I did a public lecture on the philosophy of fitness. Over the next two days I did a keynote presentation and two workshops. PDF copies of the notes are available HERE.
The essence of good teaching
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A session for Liquid Learning at their 'Accelerated Learning and Workforce Development Conference' in Perth on Mobile Learning.




Steve Moneghetti Training Camp, Dwellingup

On Saturday 25th February I presented a session titled "The philosophy of running".

PDF PDF file of the set of slides used in "The philosophy of running" presentation.





Challenger Institute of Technology

October 13th 2011 - talked about iPads in Tertiary education


PDF file of my slides

Web 2.0 workshop for the International Day for the Older Adult
1st October - Ran a Web 2.0 workshop for Auckland City Council, held in the business school at AUT, for the International day for the Older Adult.  
Flexible learning sharing session
2nd September - Was invited by Marcus Grant to visit the Te Awamutu campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa and speak about flexible learning with some of the senior academic team. A great day! Thank you for giving me the opportuntiy to share. I look forward to your visit to AUT!
Wintec eEducation day
13th August - Ran a whole day 'drop-in' workshop around eLearning, and then participted in the 'celebrity debate'. Our team (Stuart Middleton from MIT and me) won!  
ITP presentation
I started the ITP trades forum at Wellington Polytechnic with my presentation. Had a great day, and exciting to see how trades educators are integrating technology into their teaching. ITP
ATEM conference presentation
9th July - Presented at the ATEM NZ conference.
2nd July, Web 2.0 - What is it and where are you? Workshop for Auckland City Council, ADCOSS and AUT. Introductory workshop in the morning, practical in the afternoon.
MIT presentation #2
30th June, MIT Nursing school staff PD day presentation  

Leveraging a Liquid Landscape

Utilising Web 2.0 as a Platform to Enable Blended Learning Strategies

Presented on this topic at Liquid Learnings NZ Blended Learning Conference for industry, Monday 28th June 2010
  4th June, Did a presentation at MIT on podcasting,  
31st May to 1st June. Ran four workshops over two days at WITT for Ako Aotearoa. Copies of each presentation is available at the link shown here. I also visited my old secondary school to do my "How to suceed at tertiary study in NZ" presentation.
22nd May to 30th May - Field Research in the Marshalls Islands. This is part of the ongoing PICP project we started last year. In 2009 we covered Samoa and Papa New Guinea. Hopefully we will secure some more funding to do some more Pacific countries. We used small netbooks to collect the data for security and to maintain anonymity. I am working up a descriptive paper on using technology in the field for data collection in remote locations. Lots of great stories, including how having friends on Skype saved the day!
MIT presentation #1

26th January - Did a presentation for MIT's Faculty of Education and Social Sciences on learning in 2010


Web 2.0

September 18th, I presented two workshops with this title. One to community and non-profit groups and the other was local government groups. The workshops were presented in partnership between AUT, Auckland City Council, the Dept of Internal Affairs and the Auckland District Council of Social Services (ADCOSS).


Web 2.0 AUT

2009 Conference presentations by Peter Mellow, CEPD, AUT.

1- Presented a session titled “The Enduring Power of Great Teaching” at the Tertiary Education Summit in Wellington, 28th & 29th April. Brightstar Conference.

2-Presented at the Allied Staff Conference at AUT on Web 2.0 – what is it and where are you? September 9th.

3- Presented three podcasting workshops at Waiariki Institute of Technology Staff Development Conference for Mandy Williams. 25th September. (1 day)

4- Gave the opening presentation at the Teaching and Learning Conference /eFest conference, 29th September (1 day).

5- Presented a workshop at the Ako Aotearoa Academy Symposium on Web 2.0 and learning & teaching in NZ. Wednesday 28th October to Friday 30th October.

6- Tuesday 8th December - Did my “invited speaker” session to all delegates at the 2009 ASCILITE conference, held at Auckland University.

7- Wednesday 9th December - graduated with a Master of Educational Leadership from AUT

Peter Mellow Graduation 2009


Creativity, Innovation, Inspiration!

After School NZ

After School is new project that I have been developing after seeing Dave Eggers 2008 TED Prize wish and his story of 826 Valencia.

Starting in the suburb of Albany and currently working with some of the schools in the area we plan to set up free after school session for students to get assistance with their writing and school work. Other activites are also planned.

If you would like to contribute or help out, please visit the web site for more information.

After School NZ

Create, Innovate, Inspire!

This project is about exploring the qualities needed for a good teacher to create great educational opportunities for their students. Video interviews of externally recognised teachers who are willing to share their skills with other teachers, to inspire and educate!
The Essence of good teaching
I was invited to give a keynote address at NZCA - the New Zealand Communication Association annual conference.

Peter Mellow

Click on image to see letter from NZCA

Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) award

On Monday 19th November at a ceremony held at AUT, I was awarded an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) award. Graham Prentice, National Education Manager (Tertiary) for the Apple Division of Renaissance NZ Ltd. presented the award on behalf of Apple Australia.

Tim Durrant, Graham Prentice both from Renaissance NZ Ltd. awarding the ADE award to Peter Mellow.

Linking Hands Across the World
20th June - John Eyles, Hasmeeta Shukla and I took part in the first day of an ongoing project, attempting to link up educators around the world to work on flexible learning initiatives.
On Tuesday 12th June I was awarded one of the ten national tertiary teaching awards for sustained excellence at Parliament in Wellington.
18th April, I was invited to give a shared presentation titled "Good Teaching in Big Classes" at Auckland University to a number of staff members from Auckland University and AUT.
AU flyer advertising the staff development session.
UCOL staff conference presentation on mLearning
13th April, I gave a one hour presentation on mLearning to all attendees at the UCOL staff conference in Palmerston North.
One day mLearning workshop at EIT
On 9th March, Thom Cochrane (Unitec) and I led a one day workshop for ITPNZ's e-capacity project at EIT for their staff and a number of staff members from UCOL and Waiariki Institute of Technology on mLearning.

The Conference on Mobile Learning Technologies and Applications (MoLTA) was the first education conference in New Zealand to focus only on mobile learning.

The conference had some great papers showing how there are small groups at many NZ tertiary institutions who are using simple mobile learning tools to add another dimension to our students learning. Excellence is everywhere!

In reality, I did not do much to assist this event and Dave Parsons and the Massey team did all the work, however they very kindly gave me a little of the glory! Thanks guys! :-)


This informal paper was prepared for the Apple Higher Education Leadership Summit held July 12th-14th 2006 in Saratoga, CA, United States of America. My paper was one of only three that was selected to explore the integration of multimedia elements in an academic 'paper' online environment.

We spent three days "Envisioning A New Kind of Online Journal for Intellectual and Creative Exchange" that will use the emerging multi-media formats that don't translate into traditional paper educational journals.

I was the only New Zealander invited, and one of only three educators from outside the USA.

Invited speaker at eFest 2006 - podcast and presentations notes available

After presenting at the 2004 and 2005 eFest on mobile learning and low cost flexible delivery alternatives (both presentations available from the previous eFest web sites), in 2006 I was asked to do an invited speaker slot as well as run a workshop and be a panel member (technology stream).

The eFest Team wrote: "Peter is a recognised leader in Mobile Learning in New Zealand." At the start of my presentation I mentioned that there are many leaders in this field in NZ, including Thom Cochrane (UNITEC), Steve Lowe (SPF Multimedia) and Dr. David Parsons (Massey University - Albany).


StudyTXT was a finalist in two categories at the 2006 Computerworld excellence awards.

  • Excellence in the Use of IT in Education: Tertiary & Commercial (won by the Airways Corporation).
  • Judges' Choice for Best Value (won by Point England School for their podcast programme).
Review panel for the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology.

The iPod Gym project came out of 100 short video clips we filmed and distributed to students on an interactive CD-ROM creating a compendium of exercises for gym instructors. These clips had screen text but no audio.

This movie clips were then converted into Flash files to reduce the file size so they could be used within AUT Online for students to view.

When video capable portable media players arrived, the transition to this format was a natural extension, giving another option to students.

These clips were then made available to the public, due to the increase in popularity of these devices. This became a case of create a learning asset once, reuse it many times.

Recently a voice over has been added to the movie clips with technical and safety comments being made. The next step in our plan is to reengineer them to 3GP format, so they will play on video capable cellphones. So a person could be working out in a gym, wants to try a new exercise, and could download it to their phone to see the correct technique. Just in time knowledge!

iPod Gym
Keynote address at the Northtec staff development conference
On the 24th February 2006 I gave a keynote address at the Northtec staff development conference on mobile learning as another way of support our students. Held outside under a large marquee, it was a great venue. Interesting to note that the Northtec has a wireless network for staff and students to use on the campus. Perfect for mobile learners!

Executive reviewer for the International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies.
Cool Connections Keynote - Podcast available
The Australian Flexible Learning Network invited me to do the keynote presentation with Caryl Oliver in 2005 at their annual conference in Sydney.
Paper presented at the Ascilite Conference, Brisbane, December 2005.

StudyTXT is a project that I created. I set up the StudyTXT project within AUT from inception. StudyTXT is a nation wide delivered SMS study aid, distributed through mobile phones.

At the moment seven tertiary institutions and two secondary schools are using this mLearning product. It is still developing market growth and we have even had interest within Australia so an export market has been considered.

2004 - 2005
Named in the first group of flexible learning leaders in New Zealand

I was named, along with 14 other talented NZ educators as one of the flexible learning leaders in New Zealand, a Tertiary Education Commission supported project.

I used the funds and time made available to me to explore mLearning options around the world as well as other educational areas including online pedagogy, instructional design and interactive learning spaces.


This web site is a small part of a CD that I developed with Sheryl Ferguson, Pouako/Lecturer, Te Iti Rearea, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. When we created it was for "the development of Te Reo skills in pre-school children."

We did it as a team project for an assessment, while we were studying together at Waikato University for the Postgraduate Certificate in eEducation qualification. We had a paper titled "Whakahihiko te Hinengaro: Lessons from a preschool Te Reo e-learning resource." which was published in the July 2004 issue of Computers in NZ Schools journal.

Chapter in NZ educational book
I contributed a chapter titled "Putting your work on a computer CD" in the book "Alice's Room - Online Mentors in Class" by Liz Stevenson and Angela Alonso. This book was published in 2004 by Otis publishing, It was written for teacher and students in NZ secondary schools.

I have fostered links with secondary schools for many years starting with the Sportlink project in 2004. We used AUT's learning management system to create an organisation that physical education students from Trident high school could log into and take part in directed discussion forums. They could ask and answer questions from elite sports guests, who changed every week over the term of the project.

The digital publishing project (DPP) has been a successful exercise in assessment for me and my students. With the students informed consent, they each wrote an article on personal fitness that they knew would be published on the internet. This allowed for their knowledge to be shared and raised the standard of their, and following students quality of work.
eXpo Conference for Mac Computer Users
In 2004 I organised and ran a community educational event: the “eXpo Conference for Macintosh computer users” in Auckland. 220 delegates enjoyed a great Mac focused learning event, which gave away over $10,000 worth of sponsored prizes.
The Powerhouse museum in Sydney developed an exhibition that was a celebration of sport. Part of it was sport science and I contributed much of the anthropometry content for this exhibition which toured Australia after it ran at the Powerhouse. They also gave me a PhD in the credits!
New Investigator Award, highly commended- Division Research Awards
In 2002 I developed our first interactive CD-ROM for the New Zealand sign language students. Page eight of this PDF gives an overview of that project. Since then I have produced over 50 interactive CD-ROMs for courses at AUT as well as four interactive DVDs.
In 2003 I was given the Apple NZ Outstanding Tertiary Educator Award. My portfolio was judged the best out of a number of submissions and it was commented that it had the widest range of educational initiatives of all of the applicants.
I was given the lifetime achievement award for my contributions to educating health and fitness professionals in New Zealand for over 15 years.
  Distinguished teaching award from the Auckland University of Technology.
2000 Sydney Olympics Research Project

Three weeks before the start of the Sydney Olympics, I co-led a New Zealand team with Patria Hume from Auckland University as part of an International team that did anthropometry measurements on rowers and kayakers and their equipment. This project was led by Deb Kerr from Curtin and Tim Ackland from the University of Western Australia.

While we were based in Penrith we also drove up to Yamber to measure the American rowing team.

Here are 11 photos from the project....more to come!

2000 Olympics

Academic papers, conference presentations and posters are included on separate pages, please click on the links to visit them.

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