As organizers for Mahara Hui, we are pleased to announce that Mark Nichols will be the conference's keynote speaker on 19 March 2014. Mark was instrumental in securing the funding for the initial Mahara project in 2005 and chaired the project steering committee. Since then he has been following the development of Mahara in his various roles in tertiary education in New Zealand. Currently, he is Executive Director Faculty at the Open Polytechnic.
Mark has a strong research background in the fields of online and distance learning. He is an Executive member of ascilite and Acting President of DEANZ, following some years as editor and co-editor of the DEANZ journal. He holds a MA in Open and Distance Education (with distinction) from the Open University in the UK, and a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) from Waikato University. He has also recently submitted his PhD thesis to Otago University. View Mark's ePortfolio to learn more about him.
Mark will take a reflective view on Mahara over the years and will present his predictions for the future in his keynote entitled "Mahara and the challenges of adulthood".
We look forward to Mark's thoughts and seeing you at Mahara Hui.
for the Mahara Hui Organizing Team