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E-learning is not only changing the way we learn, it's changing the way whole countries re-invent themselves to build wealth and social capital in a digital world. Social and organisation messages, information and knowledge deliver values, attitudes and knowledge.

Australia and other western countries have much to share with Asia, in the development of on-line programs that blend with face to face delivery of education.

The power of visual communication with storytelling results in greater learning impact regardless of a student's prior knowledge, background and culture.

This is exemplified by REALITY LEARNING, a unique methodology used to deliver programs globally working with Hong Kong, China and Australian organisations.

Using real time, interactive, docu-drama scenarios, Reality Learning produced 35 docu-drama webisodes in the creation of Disaster Management training, delivered to 28 countries. Reality Learning has also delivered health  training throughout 24 provinces and 645 universities in China.  More





China's New Deal


Australian Studies in China report: Video (11 min) and Article. The Australian September 2014

Australian studies attract growing interest in Chinese universities.

Halfway through his three-year term, David Walker of Peking University says the diplomatic and erudite things you’d expect from Australia’s unofficial education ambassador to China.

Student exchanges are up. Nuance is everything. Balancing Peking’s internal administration with visits to 10 of China’s 30 Australian studies centres is a juggle, but worth it. More remarkable, is that his position — the BHP Billiton chair of Australian studies — exists at all.

Independent of any individual Australian university but linked to them all, unfunded by government but partnered to its key offshore agencies, Walker’s job exists solely because BHP considers $5 million fair value for social capital made good by the holders of the position.


On the digital Silk Road  


China E-Learning report: Video (10 min) and Article. The Australian July 2013


China's old Silk Road used to end in Venice. Today, Italy's floating city is still a destination for Chinese exports, but for a very different purpose.

The goods form China’s soft-power arsenal in the world’s most refined combat zone, the Venice Biennale of art that opened this June. The art –both official and not – asserts China’s modernisation to the world,making an early claim on developed-world status.

China’s reaches for that goal through soft-power at home too, leveraginge-learning to do it, and on the way, offering new e-learning partnership opportunities for Australia that may profoundly change education here too.


E-Learning Advances in Australia



Australia has a 100-year history in distance learning to develop worker skills across a big country with a small population. Today the rising new economy of China and Australia is placing big demands on traditional schools and technical colleges to provide enough new smart workers. Enterprises are starting to take over some training functions also. With less workers to support a population growing older, it makes sense to the Australian government and business to invest in eLearning.


China Internationalisation


Production Strategies for International Film Success:  China already has an impressive record of success at the world’s three most influential film festivals: Cannes, Venice and Berlin. Currently, China’s total number of first prizes at these ‘A Grade’ festivals over the last thirty years is around equal to France and Germany – an impressive achievement – but only one-third of the USA, currently ranked first in the world.


Creativity in Creative Industries in China:  The idea of creativity as a driver of innovation has long historical roots in China, and as a philosophical truism, has informed the development of cultural, civil and technological advancements in China for over four thousand years, just as for a shorter time, it has in the West.


Australian Culture in China DFAT Blog:  What a great trip to the Beijing International Film and Student Film festival. Hard to believe the amazing development of the the host school, China’s famous Beijing Film Academy since I first started coming here in 1993.


Successful application of documentary film as a research document.

Winner,  2012 University of Melbourne’s Norman Curry Award for  Innovation and Excellence in Educational Programs: Finding Common Ground

Winner,  2011 Best Practice/Innovation in International Education Award from the International Education Association of Australia for an on-line enhanced cross-cultural research project: Finding Common Ground