David Parsons, BA, Cert Ed, MPhil, PhD

I am currently National Postgraduate Director for The Mind Lab by Unitec, based in Auckland, New Zealand, and running a national postgraduate programme for in-service teachers in digital and collaborative learning. Although my original degree, from the University of Sussex in the UK, was in Music I soon changed track and did my higher qualifications (teaching certificate, Master’s and PhD) in Computer Science and Information Technology. I began my career in the UK where I taught computing in London colleges, then took up an academic role in Southampton. Following this I worked for 5 years as an IT consultant in various companies, including The Object People, BEA Systems and Valtech, working across Europe and North America. In 2003 I emigrated to New Zealand to take up an academic role at Massey University, firstly as a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and later as Associate Professor of Information Technology. I moved to my current role at The Mind Lab by Unitec in 2015.
My main interest is in how technology can help to transform teaching and learning, without putting the technology before the pedagogy
Among other things, I am a certified member of the Association for Learning Technology, hence the badge…
Live long, and prosper.