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Prof Steven Warburton
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures)
Steven has spent a large part of his career researching and teaching in the area of education and technology, working mainly in the United Kingdom’s university sector. He started work in the educational technology space in early 2000, having originally trained as a neuroscientist.
As the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures), he provides the strategic lead for the University in enhancing the digital research capability of staff and students, promoting digital learning and teaching, and extending civic engagement through the development of the digital campus. He is also the director of the Centre for Academic Development and is the director of the edX MOOC programme.
Over the years Professor Warburton has led on a range of projects that include: using learning analytics to measure student engagement; a pattern language for building open online courses; addressing the social exclusion of older people through enhancing digital skills; the use of 3D virtual worlds for distance education; designing active learning spaces. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences and publishes in the area of technology-enhanced learning.
Synonne is responsible for all administrative and financial matters for the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures). She has a strong background in administration after 14 years as executive officer at the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Synonne, who has diplomas in journalism and child psychology and development, previously worked at the New Zealand Institute to International Affairs and UNICEF New Zealand. Prior to this she was employed in the International Recruitment Office of King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and the UNDP/ILO office in Sri Lanka.