UGA education professor Thomas Reeves is first annual Learning and Teaching Scholar at the Universit

Athens, Ga. – A University of Georgia education professor will be the first annual Learning and Teaching Scholar at the University of Canberra in Australia.

Thomas C. Reeves, a professor in the College of Education’s department of educational psychology and instructional technology, will be a resident at the University of Canberra July 29-Aug. 4, conducting lectures, seminars and workshops on the design, use and evaluation of interactive multimedia in online and in traditional teaching and learning.

The five-day program, sponsored by the divisions of learning and teaching and communication and education, will commence with Reeves’ keynote address, “What makes you think they are really learning, even if you are really teaching?”

The program consists of three threads: developing appropriate learning environments across different delivery modes, authentic tasks as an effective pedagogy for online teaching and learning environments, and the benefits of digital library resources in traditional, online or blended learning environments.

While in Australia, Reeves will also be giving invited presentations at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, and the University of Wollongong in New South Wales.

Reeves teaches program evaluation, multimedia design and research courses. He has developed and evaluated numerous interactive multimedia programs for both education and training. He has been an invited speaker across the United States and in more than 15 countries. This will be his 12th trip to Australia in as many years. He is a past president of the Association for the Development of Computer-based Instructional Systems (ADCIS) and a former Fulbright lecturer.

In 1995, Reeves was selected as one of the top 100 people in multimedia by Multimedia Producer magazine, and he was the editor of the Journal of Interactive Learning Research from 1997 to 2000. He was selected as the first recipient of the AACE Fellows Award from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education in 2003. He is co-author (with John Hedberg) of Interactive Learning Systems Evaluation.

Reeves joined UGA’s faculty in 1982 and is cofounder of the Learning and Performance Support Laboratory (LPSL), which is based in UGA’s education college. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1979.

For information on Reeves, visit http://it.coe.uga.edu/~treeves/; for program details, see www.ce.canberra.edu.au/ict/