Jon Mason, MACS-CP

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

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Research interests

Dr Jon Mason is Assistant Dean International & a Senior Lecturer in the College of Education specialising in digital technologies. He is interested in inquiry-based learning and innovations in the field of Educational Technology. His research focuses on data literacy, questioning, sense-making and digital futures. Jon holds Master's degrees in Cognitive Science and Knowledge Management and a PhD in Education. He has an extensive publication record and a background in international standardization. In 2017, he won the Asia Pacific Society for Computers in Education Early Career Researcher Award. Spending time in natural settings is his preferred way of taking time out.

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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 am 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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Queensland


Master, University of Canberra

1 Feb 20031 Dec 2004

Master, The University of Melbourne


External positions

Professor, East China Normal University

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2021

Professor, Korea National Open University

1 Sep 2014 → …

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Research Output 2012 2019

Examining the Data to Identify Essential Questions - Guilty Before Innocent

Khan, K. & Mason, J., 25 Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning. 1, 3, p. 244-266 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

legal position

Panel Session - Learning Technology Standards

Saliah-Hassane, H., Wait, L., Mason, J. & Chadwick, B., 16 Jan 2019, Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018. Lee, M. J. W., Nikolic, S., Wong, G. K. W., Shen, J., Ros, M., Lei, L. C. U. & Venkatarayalu, N. (eds.). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 1239-1241 3 p. 8615276. (Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

education standards
vocational education
Vocational Education

Questions in Smart Digital Environments

Freestone, M. B. & Mason, J., 5 Oct 2019, In : Frontiers in Education. 4, p. 1-9 9 p., 98.

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Open Access
reform movement
artificial intelligence

Shifting Pedagogies and Digital Technologies—Shaping Futures in Education

Mason, J., Shaw, G. & Zhang, D., Sep 2019, Shaping Future Schools with Digital Technology: An International Handbook. Yu, S., Niemi, H. & Mason, J. (eds.). Singapore: Springer Nature, Vol. 1. p. 201-223 23 p. (Perspectives on Rethinking and Reforming Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

intercultural communication

The New Smarts in Teaching and Learning

Mason, J., Popenici, S., Blackall, L. & Shaw, P., 25 Apr 2019, Emerging Trends in Learning Analytics: Leveraging the Power of Education Data. Khine, M. S. (ed.). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, p. 85-99 15 p. (Contemporary Approaches to Research in Learning Innovations; vol. 012).

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artificial intelligence
educational practice


Why don't I ask for help? : examining factors influencing academic help seeking practices among primary students in Jakarta, Indonesia

Author: Suryaratri, R. D., 2015

Supervisor: Shaw, G. (Supervisor), Wallace, R. (Supervisor), Mason, J. (Supervisor) & Geng, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU