Wayne is Deputy Principal of Northern Southland College. His thesis on understanding the function of empathy in synchronous multimedia conferencing draws on both his prior work managing distance learning projects and his experiences as an educational psychologist.
This year, Wayne spoke at the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, on 7 and 9 August in Madison, Wisconsin. His presentation, Participant’s Understandings of Empathy Within SMC (Synchronistic Multimedia Conferencing), drew on work from his doctoral thesis.
"Being awarded the CORE Education Travel Scholarship has been a wonderful opportunity for me. It was a privilege to have delegates ask questions after the presentation and also come up to me after I presented to follow up their own areas of interest. There were also many opportunities to see other research and practice across the distance education field during the conference. I thank CORE for this professional development opportunity."
Currently, Wayne is working with Professor Angus Macfarlane and Dr Kathleen Quinlivan researching empathy in face-to-face classrooms and has also been invited to be on the advisory group for the Network for Learning.
CORE Education is pleased to support and encourage Wayne’s thought provoking work and have invited him to present at ULearn13, New Zealand's largest educational conference.
The CORE Travel Scholarship was closed in 2015. Please see CORE's other Grants and awards.