About the 'Editor' ~ 2000

John Larkin M Ed (IT)

John Larkin is an educator and Instructional Designer living and working in both Australia and Singapore. He has worked on a number of CD-ROM and web based projects. He also dabbles in the area of information technology and curriculum integration. He presently lives in Bukit Batok. Since arriving in Singapore he has worked for companies such as ICUS and Knowledge Village. He has conducted workshops focused upon Information Technology in Education in many Singaporean schools. John is presently Senior Assistant Director at the Centre for Educational Development at Nanyang Technological University. He also teaches, on a part time basis, at the National Institute of Education within the Specialist eLearning Instructional Design Programme. John also participates in the International Coastal Cleanup each year. Recent photographs for the ICCS can be located here.

John had been a Project Officer/Instructional Designer with EmLab, formerly the Interactive Multimedia Learning Laboratory (IMMLL), at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia from October, 1996 through to September, 1999. John worked upon a number of projects primarily focused upon web based delivery of educational courses, educational web presence and the inservicing of teachers and academics in the fields of informaton technology in education during his full time association with the IMMLL.

Web design and development projects undertaken by John in the past include the Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong Library, University of Wollongong home page (collaboration), Illawarra Technology Corporation and the IMMLL itself. John was also a part time lecturer/tutor with the Faculty of Education, providing instruction in interactive multimedia in education. John has conducted workshops for teachers, academics and professionals in the fields of interactive multimedia, curriculum integration, the Internet and web page construction both in Australia and overseas.

John completed a Master of Education degree with an emphasis upon the design, implementation and evaluation of interactive multimedia in education several years ago. He also has a background in secondary school education with ten years teaching experience. He has taught History, Commerce, Asian Social Studies, Geography, Business Studies, Religion and Computing Studies.

John has had the good fortune to receive several awards for multimedia projects that he has worked on in the past. In 1994 he was awarded, with two other postgraduate students, the Interactive Multimedia 'Gold Disc' award at theUniversity of Wollongong for a historical "whodunit" multimedia exercise entitled "What Happened To Sam?". In 1995 he received the Apple Sydney Morning Herald Technology Teacher of the Year award for his historical and moving multimedia package "Prisoner of War". John was also awarded "Best Student Project 1996" by ASCILITE for his multimedia title "HyperKite".

[Note ~ John Larkin's latest biodata can be downloaded as a pdf file ~ May 2007]