Happy Anniversary!

Today is quite an auspicious day for me.  I’ve made my first tentative steps into the world of blogging – please be gentle as I find my feet!

It also happens to be exactly two years to the day that NetSpot (the company I set up whilst an academic at the University of South Australia in 1998) was acquired by Blackboard. It was a life-changing event for my family and me and, two years later, I’m proud to be the General Manager of Blackboard, ANZ and leading a fantastic team of over 80 staff in the region.

Quite a few people have asked me why I’m still working. It’s true that I’m in the fortunate position that I don’t have to work but I’m passionate about elearning and the nexus between academia and business; how we can better understand each other’s needs with the shared vision of appropriate and effective use of technology in teaching and learning in a macro environment that is ever-changing and ever-challenging.

… and besides I’m sure I’m too young to retire!

One thought on “Happy Anniversary!

  1. Mark Drechsler

    Welcome Allan!

    Looking forward to reading your reflections – I don’t think there are all that many people who can give the perspective that you can based on your experiences over the years, I look forward to throwing in a few questions (and hand grenades) as the opportunities arise.

    Happy blogging,


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