UGA COE Professor Emeritus visiting scholar in Australia

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia College of Education Professor Emeritus Thomas C. Reeves will serve as the first visiting scholar of the newly established Centre for Online Learning Excellence at Open Universities Australia.

Reeves, a professor and researcher in learning, design and technology at UGA for 28 years before retiring at the end of 2010, will work with OUA to develop better online learning quality standards until Dec. 10.

OUA has helped more than 144,000 students achieve their educational and career goals by offering flexible ways to access higher education and professional development through distance learning since 1993. Through OUA, students can study more than 1,100 units and 130 qualifications online taught by 20 leading universities and other tertiary education providers around Australia.

In addition to assisting OUA, Reeves also will be a keynote speaker at the Quasar Learning and Teaching Forum at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. Topics will include an informed overview of e-Assessment practices, both from the perspective of learning and curriculum design, and the pragmatics of e-Assessment in the OUA context.

Reeves has developed and evaluated numerous interactive learning programs for education and training. Some of his clients have included Apple Computer Inc., AT&T Bell Labs, IBM Corp., the U.S. Air Force Academy and the World Health Organization. In addition to presentations and workshops in the U.S., he also has been an invited guest speaker in more than 25 countries. He co-founded UGA’s Learning and Performance Support Lab in the College of Education.

Reeves has made more than a dozen trip to Australia since 1991 to contribute to various e-learning projects, and he has written two books with Australian colleagues. Reeves was named the 2010 Australasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education Fellow during the group’s annual conference in Sydney, Australia.

In June 2006, Reeves delivered the opening keynote at the 10th Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education in Beijing.

Reeves was the first recipient of the AACE Fellowship Award from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education in 2003.