Jon Mason, MACS-CP

Dr, Adjunct Prof (e-learning), Korea National Open University, Adjunct Prof, East China Normal University

Registered to supervise postgraduate research

PhD projects

Scaffolding questioning using digital technologies


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Jon Mason is an Associate Professor in Education in the Faculty of Arts & Scoeity at Charles Darwin University (CDU), where he lectures in the broad area of digital technology in education. He first joined CDU in 2012 as Director of e-Learning for the Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development after pursuing an earlier career at the nexus of government digital services, education, and international standardization. Among his academic roles as a lecturer and researcher at CDU he is also a member of the newly formed NT Academic Centre for Cyber Security and Innovation. With a longstanding interest in international collaboration, he also holds adjunct positions at Korea National Open University and East China Normal University. Since 2000 he has led delegations from Standards Australia to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC36 and in 2022 became chair for this international committee. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE) and is vice-chair of the NT Branch of the Australian Computer Society. He serves on several journal editorial boards and has performed editorial roles for international projects and books. His research encompasses most things where digital technology and learning intersect while also pursuing a keen interest in question formulation, sense-making, and the role of wisdom in education.

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I have a broad range of research interests and while most involve innovations in digital technology not all them do. For example, I am also very interested in the relationship between inquiry and the development of wisdom -- and during 2019-2020 I was part of a team researching how 'local wisdom' might inform the development of future curricula in school education. Another example is "open educational practices". While this term is often associated with many 'open' Internet trends (open source, open access, open educational resources, MOOCs, etc) 'openness' is being applied in other domains such as assessment, teaching, and peer review.

Current Research Topics Supervised

  • Questions Not Answers in a Digital World
  • Digital Education at Home for the Underprivileged in Pakistan
  • Perceptions, motivations and impact: Aboriginal teachers and ICT in very remote communities
  • Attitude Training in National Qualifications Frameworks
  • Networked learning and tertiary education
  • Bodytank: What is happening to Darwin Harbour bodies?
  • Embodying the Pancasila in Indonesian Teacher Professional Communities for Peace
  • Development and Appraisal of Personal Learning Environments for Non-Traditional Students

With Strong Interest in ...

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Literacy
  • Open Educational Practices
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Sense-Making
  • Scaffolding Student Questioning
  • Education 4.0
  • Global Competency Frameworks
  • International Standardization


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The 'Why' Dimension - Opening Frontiers for Digital Learning, Queensland University of Technology


Award Date: 23 Jul 2014

Master, Master of Knowledge Management, University of Canberra

1 Feb 20031 Dec 2004

Award Date: 11 May 2005

Master, Master of Arts (Cognitive Science), The University of Melbourne


Award Date: 15 May 1995

External positions

Professor, East China Normal University

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2021

Professor, Korea National Open University

1 Sept 2014 → …


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