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The International Educator: CMALT Contextual Assertion

 Your portfolio ought to start with a contextual assertion – the type
of factor you would possibly write in a canopy letter for a job utility. It
ought to present a concise biography, outlining your profession historical past and
present position(s), highlighting briefly the operational context by which
you’re employed or have labored, and reflecting on why you might be submitting your
portfolio for CMALT and the way this pertains to your future profession
aspirations. This part will not be assessed, however will likely be very useful for
the assessors as they method the remainder of your portfolio.
(From CMALT Pointers for Candidates).


Some particulars about me:

Title:                                    Julie Lindsay

Present place:                  Affiliate Director, Digital Studying Innovation

Present employer:                College of Southern Queensland, Australia

Time in present place:      Joined Might, 2020

{Qualifications}:                      BA (Hons), GradDip (Schooling), GradDip (Pc                Schooling), MA (Music), MA (Instructional Expertise Management), PhD

Assertion (Contextual)

I’ve an in depth and various 30+-year profession in training, am digitally fluent, globally linked and lively and have tailored rising applied sciences to be used inside studying environments to assist enhanced pupil outcomes. My ardour is for instructing and studying that focuses on the coed, in conjunction notably with on-line studying modes, linked studying and on-line world collaboration. In greater training I foster pupil engagement that goes past the ‘lecture’. Studying is social, interactive and sometimes collaborative due to this fact methods for learner-learner, learner-content, and learner-community engagement are crucial. I’ve designed and customised on-line and in-person skilled studying with a deal with digital and on-line applied sciences by means of workshops, displays and on-line programs, thereby influencing friends to undertake new instruments and pedagogies. I perceive the present greater training context whereby extra conventional instructing and studying modes now have to shift to accommodate new approaches to pupil engagement, retention and success. This tough transition interval is impacting throughout all college sectors and requires ongoing communication, assist and collaborative studying design. It additionally requires a deeper understanding on the a part of the tutorial developer as to pedagogical functions: one thing that comes experientially from ‘doing’, not simply from ‘telling’.

In 2019 I accomplished a PhD (College of Southern Queensland), ‘On-line world collaborative educators and pedagogical change’. Analysis was round theoretical frameworks of constructivism, constructionism, linked studying and connectivism, neighborhood of inquiry and neighborhood of follow, collaborativism, on-line studying and world collaboration, in addition to heutagogy and self-determined studying. My work for the previous 20+ years has been throughout borders – past the college, past the college, whereas persevering with to foster higher interdisciplinary working relationships inner to the establishment. Beforehand I accomplished an MA in Instructional Expertise Management (George Washington College) that coated broad ideas and themes for instructing and studying in any respect training ranges by means of the usage of digital and on-line applied sciences together with tutorial design, net and person interface improvement, curriculum integration, coverage creation, and pedagogical functions. My {qualifications} are coupled with in depth expertise in on-line studying, know-how integration, studying design, (on-line and in-person topics and programs), and design and implementation of trainer skilled studying. 

My curiosity in instructional know-how began within the 1980’s by means of music know-how after I taught on the Ok-12 stage and launched sequencing, computer-based composition and digital efficiency. Within the 1990’s when the Web grew to become accessible within the classroom my fascination with connecting and collaborating past the classroom partitions led to a ardour for on-line world collaborative studying. For 15 years I labored outdoors of Australia in worldwide faculties (Zambia, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Qatar, China), offering management for 1:1 and on-line studying modes.

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Why am I finishing the CMALT accreditation? 

Finishing my PhD just lately and becoming a member of USQ within the space of digital studying innovation has impressed me to evaluate and mirror on my profession and contemplate what I actually wish to obtain within the subsequent stage. My present position is a management place and I’ve a staff of 20+ who assist all the college with digital audio, video, graphical and pedagogical improvements for on-line studying. I want to consolidate my understanding of studying and instructing and proceed to develop my authority in on-line and digital studying. I hope finishing CMALT will encourage me to mirror and share, one thing I’ve uncared for lately because of PhD research.

How does this relate to my future profession? 

I’m acknowledged as an internet studying and pedagogical thought chief in and past Australia and plenty of colleagues regard me as a mentor for brand spanking new and modern approaches. I’m very lively professionally on-line (for instance, 5000+ LinkedIn followers and 15000+ Twitter followers) and join with colleagues, friends, and consultants, to share, contribute and collaborate. My profile as an rising researcher is rising and present peer-reviewed articles associated to linked studying past the classroom and shifting from native to world modes in addition to on-line world collaboration and pedagogical practices are listed on my CV. I’m writing papers on findings from my PhD analysis that embody: Particular methods for educators to beat obstacles and deal with enablers for forging new pedagogies in on-line collaborative studying (utilising rising digital applied sciences); The International Collaborator Mindset attributes of connection, openness, autonomy and innovation, revealing ongoing change and adaptability in approaches to studying and instructing; and, A brand new mannequin of on-line studying (On-line International Collaborative Studying (OGCL) Framework) that has implications for studying design in trainer training and better training. 

My profession in greater training is comparatively brief (8 years), with Adjunct and different contractual work at Charles Sturt College resulting in my present place at USQ. My motivation to finish CMALT pertains to my future profession in greater training and the way I can proceed to develop as a pacesetter within the areas of instructional know-how, innovation, on-line studying and world collaborative studying.

Tutorial profile:
Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.web/profile/Julie_Lindsay2
Twitter: @julielindsay
Weblog ‘The International Educator’:
Web site:
On-line bio and hyperlinks to social media:


Choose publications

  • Lindsay, J. (2017).
    Connecting past the classroom – Transfer from native to world studying
    modes. Scan: The Journal for
    Educators 36
    (2), pp. 27-38. Retrieved from: (peer-reviewed)
  • Lindsay, J. (2016).
    Commentary: We Are a International Neighborhood: What if We Collaborated? Learninglandscapes, 10(1), 37-46.
  • Lindsay, J. (2016). The worldwide educator: Leveraging
    know-how for collaborative studying & instructing.
    Oregon/Arlington, VA: Worldwide Society for Expertise in Schooling.
  • Lindsay, J., &
    Davis, V. (2012). Flattening
    school rooms, partaking minds: Transfer to world collaboration one step at a
    New York: Allyn and Bacon.



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