Research & Teaching
I am one of the founders and Lead Researcher of the NextEd programme, which seeks to facilitate the development of a worldwide virtual collaborative educational network. There is little doubt that Web 2.0 environments will be used more and more for education in the future, as such I spend increasing amounts of my time engaging students in these virtual environments through a variety of personas from the “real” Craig Blewett through to IM, Twitter etc IDs of craigblewett, to the virtual persona Cee Beattie.
I am a Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the School of Information Systems & Technology. I have been involved in Higher Education for the past 20 years and I have a keen interest in the convergence of Educational theory and Technological platforms. I am currently lecturing postgrad courses in Computer Mediated Communication (1st Semester) and Special Topics (2nd Semester). Both of these courses make extensive use of Web 2.0 technologies either as part of the course content and/or as part of the supporting teaching approach. The Special Topics course was the first course offered in South Africa that was entirely virtual and involved international lecturers and international virtual teams.
Intro to Exciting NextEd Project