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VDEI introduces Jamie Owen, new Learning Program General Manager

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JOWEN-photo-nog (Mobile).jpgHi Jamie. Welcome to VDEI!  So we can introduce you to our stakeholders, can you tell us a bit about yourself?  Let’s start with a bit about your professional background

Sure! I’m currently studying a Masters of Learning and Development. Prior to that, I completed a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Diploma of Education.  I’ve been working at the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) as the eLearning Manager.  Before that, I was an Education Technologist, Project Manager and Business Analyst with RACP.  I’ve also worked in secondary education, teaching IT and Commerce to Year 9-12 students.
 
What experience do you bring to your new role? 

Stakeholder communication, research and rapid ethnography, innovative learning approaches, social, mobile and blended learning, project management, financial and contract management, design thinking, community management and user centred design.
 
What is your vision for VDEI? 
 
Social, blended and mobile learning are three key passions of mine, so I will be looking to introduce these within the current learning framework the institute offers. I enjoy research, innovation and new technologies; keeping abreast of the current technologies helps the organisation in keeping with the times.
 
Have you worked in hearing loss or in another area of disability before?
While working in secondary education, inclusion was always a hot topic. I’ve found that working with technology can assist learners with disabilities enhance their own learning and improve outcomes. This is especially true with the developments in web accessibility, so an approach that I am particularly interested in is accessible first.
Have you always lived in NSW?
I’ve lived in London, Melbourne, Sydney and country NSW.
Are you looking forward to moving to Melbourne? 
Very much so! I’m looking forward to being closer to family and being back in the AFL heartland.  I’ve also missed the coffee!
What are a few of your hobbies and interests? 
 
I enjoy keeping fit outdoors, heading to the G for the footy, red wine, snow and water skiing and WW2 history.
 
Thanks for your time, Jamie.  We hope you enjoy your new role at VDEI.