Tom Worthington

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Tom Worthington's Summary

Tom Worthington is a computer consultant, who also does some part time teaching at tertiary institutions in Canberra (Australia). In 2015 he received a national gold "Digital Disruptors Award for ICT Education" and in 2010 "Canberra ICT Educator of the Year" from the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Tom is an honrary staff member at the Research School of Computer Science, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Australian National University in Canberra and has been a Visiting Scientist at the CSIRO ICT Centre in Canberra.

Tom worked as a Special Adviser Defence Internet/Intranet Policy at the Australian Department of Defence and in 1999 was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to the development of public Internet policyin Australia. He is a Past President, Honorary Life Member, Certified Professional and a Certified Computer Professional of the society as well as a voting member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Tom blogs on learning issues as "The Higher Education Whisperer" and on technology, travel & lifestyle as the "The Net Traveler".

Interests

Government Policy, E-Learning, IT Strategy, ICT Sustainability, Moodle, ICT Governance, Data Analysis, Open Source Software, Adult Education, Higher Education, Defence IT, Mentoring, Strategic Consulting, Learning Management, Databases.

Location: Canberra Area, Australia

Industry: Information Technology and Services; Higher Education & Vocational Education

Tom Worthington's Overview

Current
  • Mentor at Innovation ACT
  • Researcher at ANU Energy Change Institute
  • Working Group Member at Open Knowledge Foundation Australian Chapter
  • Researcher at ANU Climate Change Institute
  • Member of the International Review Board at International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association
  • Member at Sahana Software Foundation
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Australian National University
  • On Line Opinion's Editorial Advisory Board at The National Forum
  • Director at TomW Communications Pty Ltd
Past
Education
  • Canberra Institute of Technology
  • The Australian National University
  • Canberra Institute of Technology

Tom Worthington's Experience

Mentor

Innovation ACT

September 2013 - Present

Mentored a team of Australian National University students competing in the Innovation ACT competition. One team member was named "Entrepreneur of the Year".

Researcher

ANU Energy Change Institute

October 2012 - Present Canberra, Australia

IT products and services represent one of the fastest areas of energy demand and greenhouse gas emission growth, of any sector, nationally and internationally. Research and courses are conducted in ICT and Sustainability which focus on energy efficiency. Work in this area shows how, through energy efficiency, energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly reduced over time.

Working Group Member

Open Knowledge Foundation Australian Chapter

September 2012 - Present

The goal of OKFN Au is to provide an upside down umbrella mechanism to support, promote and bring together the diverse communities interested in open data and open knowledge from around Australia, but it is in early stages and is a bit of an experiment. As such, our initial working group is a large but loosely knit band of travellers interested in different aspects of open knowledge and representing a number of different communities and interests.

Researcher

ANU Climate Change Institute

January 2012 - Present

Work on the human dimensions of climate change, mitigation through reduction in energy use with ICT. Teach ICT Sustainability to postgraduate students of the Australian National University, around the world, via e-learning.

Member of the International Review Board

International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association

January 2012 - Present

Member of the Member of the International Review Board for publications of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association.

Member

Sahana Software Foundation

2010 - Present

Initial member of the Sahana Software Foundation, 10 February 2010. Previously provided advice on user interface design for disaster management systems.

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Australian National University

July 2008 - Present

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology teaching the design of web sites and use of e-commerce systems.

On Line Opinion's Editorial Advisory Board

The National Forum

2002 - Present

Director

TomW Communications Pty Ltd

June 1999 - Present

Member of the SPEF-R Redevelopment Steering Committee

University of Queensland

October 2012 - September 2013

As a member of the Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised Edition (SPEF-R) On-line Redevelopment Steering Committee, I provided advice on conversion of the system from paper to web based format. The SPEF-R is used to evaluate students on occupational therapy professional practice placements in hospitals. The new web based version needed to be usable on the mobile devices doctors use.

Member of the ACS Cyber Task Force

Australian Computer Society

September 2011 - February 2012

The ACS Cyber Task Force, in association with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), is consulting the ICT industry on minimizing cyber risks for a government white paper to be issued in early 2012.

Member of the Telecommunications Board

Australian Computer Society

October 2006 - February 2012

Board member and past director. See board for details: https://www.acs.org.au/tb/

Visiting Scientist

CSIRO

September 2009 - September 2011

Visiting Scientist, Mining Robotics ICT, at the CSIRO ICT Centre in Canberra, working with CSIRO staff and facilities on ICT research projects.

Project Managment Committee Member

Sahana Disaster Management System

2005 - February 2011

Member

Engineers Without Borders Australia

February 2008 - June 2010

Hope to be involved in computer related projects.

Council Member

Standards Australia

1997 - 2010

Representing the Australian Computer Society.

Chair of the Scholarly Publishing Committee

Australian Computer Society

2005 - 2009

Director of the Professional Development Board

Australian Computer Society

2006 - December 2008

Oversee postgraduate education for IT professionals using short courses and online systems.

Visiting Fellow

The Australian National University

1999 - 2007

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology teaching the design of web sites and use of e-commerce systems.

Member of the Defence Common Operating Environment Project Team

Department of Defence

June 1999 - July 1999

Senior Information Technology Officer, Grade B, Communications, Information Policy and Plans Branch, Department of Defence: Advise on Internet technologies and products for the Defence Common Operating Environment. Prepare policy on Internet, intranet and web use.

Director Technical Issues, Defence IS Y2K Project Office

department of defecne

December 1998 - June 1999

Senior Information Technology Officer, Grade B, Member of the Defence Information Systems Year 2000 Project Management Office, Department of Defence: Assist with planning of re-mediation of Defence Information Systems for the Year 2000 Problem.

Special Adviser, Defence Internet/Intranet Policy

Department of Defence

July 1997 - December 1998

("Manager Defence Internet/Intranet Policy" until 5 January 1998)
(Senior Information Technology Officer, Grade B). Information Policy and Plans Branch, Department of Defence: Prepare policy on Internet and intranet use. Co-ordinate Defence input to interdepartmental Internet implementation. Manage the Corporate Information Program Home Page.

Manager Defence Information Management Architecture

Department of Defence

December 1996 - June 1997

(Senior Information Technology Officer, Grade B). Information Management Branch, Department of Defence: Prepare the Defence Business Model and Information Systems Architecture, in consultation with defence and other agency staff.

President

Australian Computer Society

1996 - 1997

Defence Web Master & Senior Policy Adviser, Information Management Strategic Plans

Department of Defence

October 1994 - December 1996

(Senior Information Technology Officer, Grade B). Information Management and Communications Engineering Branch, Department of Defence: Prepare the Defence Information Management Strategic Plan. Prepare Defence policy on Internet information services. Co-ordinate Defence input to interdepartmental Internet implementation. From March 1995: manage the Defence Home Page and Minister for Defence Home Page as Defence Web Master (until May 1997).

Senior Policy Adviser - Data Administration Standards

Headquarters Australian Defence Force (HQADF)

September 1990 - October 1994

(Senior Information Technology Officer, Grade B). Corporate Management Branch: Provide technical leadership to develop data administration policies for the Defence Department. Represent Defence at the Information Exchange Steering Committees on Open Systems and Industry Development.

Administrative Services Officer, Class 8

Headquarters Australian Defence Force (HQADF)

February 1990 - September 1990

On secondment to provide advice and assistance on IT policy for Defence. Provided advice on restructuring the Defence Manpower Support Redevelopment Project and incorporation of Unix into the Defence computing environment.

Information Systems Administrator

Commonwealth Ombudsman

September 1986 - February 1990

Administrative Services Officer, Class 8: Responsible for all ADP activities of the office using contracted programming and facilities support staff. Implemented office automation for tracking complaints and word processing on national Convergent Technologies multi-processor network. Preparation of strategic plan and budget.

Computer Systems Officer Grade 3

Commonwealth Schools Commission

May 1986 - September 1986

Commonwealth Schools Commission: Supervise five staff for analysis, design, programming, testing and maintenance of computer and manual systems for the Department's administrative and statistical activities. Maintenance and extension of the Non Government Schools Database (with computer centre DBA personnel) to enable payments to schools of $1,500M annually. Programming in SAS (Statistical Analysis System) and NATURAL (database interrogation language) on an IBM compatible main frame. Planning, programming and installation of WANG PCs, minicomputer and word processors.

Tom Worthington's Certifications

Tom Worthington's Courses

Tom Worthington's Projects

Tom Worthington's Publications

Tom Worthington's Education

Canberra Institute of Technology

Certificate IV in Training and Assesment (TAE40110), Vocational Education

2013 - 2013

Courses:
PSPGOV415A Provide Workplace Coaching
TAEDEL402A Plan, Organize and Facilitate Learning in the Workplace
BSBCMM401A Make Presentation
TAEASS402B Assess Competence
TAEDEL301A Provide Work Skills Instruction
TAEASS401B Plan Assessment Activities and Processes
TAEDEL401A Plan Organize and Deliver Group-Based Learning
TAEDES401A Design Develop Learning Programs
TAEDES402A Use Training Packages and Accredited Courses to Meet Current Needs

The Australian National University

Graduate Certificate, Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

2011 - 2013

Courses:

EDU5713 Assessment, Evaluation & Learning (USQ)
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice (USQ)
EDUC8004 Research Supervision
EDUC8001 Enhancing Your Academic Practice

Details: http://blog.tomw.net.au/2011/08/tertiary-teaching-for-research-led.html

Canberra Institute of Technology

Certificate in Audio-Visual Video, Audio-Visual Video Production

1990 - 1990

Tom Worthington's Additional Information

Interests:

information technology, web design, e-commerce, architecture, environmental design, energy and water saving technology, smart buildings, Internet policy, travel writing, Higher Education, Vocational Education, University Education, Higher Education Whisperer

Honors and Awards:

Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for contribution to the development of public Internet policy (1999)
Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society (2002)
ACS Canberra ICT Award for Education 2010 (for the Green Information Technology Strategies Course)

More Information

  1. Australian National University Contact Details
  2. LinkedIn Profile
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  4. Wikipedia Profile

Tom has 23 years experience in the ICT industry in Australia. He is an internationally recognised leader of the ICT profession and an acknowledged expert on large scale systems for government. His expertise is based on a solid early technical training in programming and database design for large government administrative and financial systems. His later work was on ICT policy for the highest levels of executive government and in formulating national policy on the use of the Internet.

Tom has experience in reviews of software development and deployments at the Department of Defence, including for the Supply Systems Redevelopment Project (SSRP) and the Manpower Support Redevelopment Project (MSRP). As a member of the staff of Headquarters Australian Defence Force (QHADF), he has worked in the most sensitive areas of government. Tom's consulting experience includes assessing e-commerce patents, reviewing new project proposals and advising companies on web strategies. Tom is an acknowledged expert on accessible web system design, having lectured on e-commerce and web design at universities and advised on the web strategy for the Olympics. His skills cover the range of current technologies, practical experience of what works and an independent viewpoint to provide advice.

ACS Certified ProfessionalTom has decades of experience in assessing technology for revitalising the way business works. In addition he is a leader in the profession, having been President of the Australian Computer Society, a Fellow, Honorary Life Member, Certified Professional and a Certified Computer Professional (Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation). Tom is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and voting member the Association for Computing Machinery. Tom combines technical experience with the ability to communicate complex topics to concepts to a non-technical audience, being an author, broadcaster and educator.

In addition, Tom has an interest in architecture, environmental design, energy and water saving technology. He is the founding chair of the ACS Green ICT Group, and has been invited as a guest lecturer on the effects of ICT on urban design and on smart apartment design at the University of Canberra.

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