Education: Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Melbourne)
Master of Education (University of Melbourne)

Teacher of Art and Graphic Communication years 7 to 12 (1985-1995)

Multimedia developer with the Flexible Learning Unit, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT university), (1996-1998).

Educational Multimedia Designer Faculty of Applied Science, RMIT, (1999 - 2005).

Senior web developer and Educational designer, College of Science, Engineering and Health, RMIT, (2005-2012).

During my time at RMIT (1996-2012) I worked on a number of projects in the field of online learning and teaching. This was a time of transition, starting with CDROM based learning packages to designing web sites and learning objects as the internet became more pervasive.

Much of my work in this field was developing interactive learning objects using Flash (including programming with ActionScript). When the university adopted the Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard I took on the role of providing instructional design in how to most effectively use this platform for course management and improvement of student experience.

My experience represents an evolution from the printed off-campus materials and the principles of instructional design applied to those then applied to interactive multimedia and then on to the web.

While initially the internet was considered for purely off-campus learning and some supplementary courses the use of the LMS by all teachers for all students was encouraged. This has now become the norm and as such the integration of that which is 'online' and that which is 'live' is now considered integral. However the principles of what constitutes good practice remain the same.




Object oriented learning is the application of disaggregated learning objects that are designed in such a way that they can be repurposed for multiple contexts. This is an approach derived from object oriented programming. It is not remarkably different from any traditional learning process except that it takes advantage of information technologies.

A descriptive overview of the fundamental considerations for educational design. [ Click here ]

Papers on this issue:

van der Craats, C., McGovern, J., & Pannan, L. (2002, December). A five-level approach to the large-scale development and delivery of online programs. In ASCILITE (pp. 681-690).

van der Craats, C.(2016) Enhancement of Learning and Teaching Online (unpublished)

One area of interest that I am particularly concerned with is that of creativity in education. [ Click here for my essay on this topic. ]