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Curtin University

Mr Kim Flintoff

Mr Kim Flintoff Mr Kim Flintoff

BA Murd, GradDipEd(Drama) ECU, MEd ECU, MACE, MACEL

Position Learning Futures Advisor
Faculty Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic
School Curtin Learning and Teaching (CLT)
Department Learning Futures
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 105.Level 1
Phone 08 9266 2194
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Brief Summary

Kim Flintoff is the Learning Futures Advisor within Curtin Learning and Teaching.  His role involves developing innovative solutions aligned with the university’s strategic vision of teaching and learning, co-ordination of the EcoChallenge game event and management of the Innovation Studio, coordination of the ACES program and the Learning Futures Network.  He also serves on various commttees across the university and was a member of the New Media Consortium Panel of Experts for the Australian Technology Outlook for Higher Education (Horizon Report). He is also the Sustainable Development Chair for the Global Collaboration PLN of ISTE.

Kim began his studies and working life in Applied Science (Chemistry) but has subsequently established himself as a dynamic agent of change and provocation in Drama and Education.  After many years as a versatile practitioner in the theatre and performing arts he became recognized locally as a curriculum leader and a global innovator and researcher in the role of technology in drama education.  For a decade he convened the Special Interest Group for Drama and New Media (Science and Technology) with the International Drama Education Association, was an invited speaker at the inaugural global summit for the World Alliance for Arts Education and has been a sought-after speaker and collaborator on technology-mediated education projects around the globe.


Curtin Community Engagement

  • Committee Member – Give to Change (Staff Giving)
  • Committee Member – ALLY Network

Publication Record - Mendeley

Citations - Google Citations

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Memberships, Awards and Training

  • Expert Panelist - 2016 NMC Technology Outlook: Australian Tertiary Education (Panel)
  • Higher Education Chair - Global Collaboration PLN - International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (and member of leadership and steering groups for Mobile Learning PLN and 3D PLN)
  • Member - Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
  • Member - Australian College of Educators (ACE)
  • Member - Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)
  • Member - Virtual Worlds Working Group (Australasia) (VWWG)
  • Member - Internet Society (ISOC)
  • Member - Apple University Consortium (AUC)
  • Member - Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning  (AAEEBL)
  • Member - International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL)
  • Member - International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)
  • Member - Western Australian Institute for Educational Research (WAIER)
  • Member - Immersive Learning Research Network (ILRN)
  • Member - Publication Integrity and Ethics (PIE)
  • Member - Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA)
  • Member - MirandaNet (UK)
  • Member - Climate Reality Leadership Corps
  • Program Commitee - 16th IEEE International Conference on  Advancing Learning Technologies ICALT-2016 
  • Program Committee and Reviewer - 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments IE'15
  • Reviewer - Emerging Learning Design Conference ELD13/ELD14
  • Reviewer - WAND Teaching and Learning Forum TLF2015
  • Reviewer - Scientific Committee WorldSTE2013 - Borneo - World Conference on Science and Technology Education
  • Review Panelist - MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)
  • Reviewer - Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET)
  • Reviewer - British Journal of Edcational Technology (BJET)
  • Reviewer - Journal of Learning Design (JLD)
  • Reviewer - Computers and Education (CAE)
  • Reviewer - Journal of Virtual Studies (JoVS)
  • Reviewer - ASCILITE
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Employment History

  • Curtin University (2008 - )
  • Edith Cowan Unversity (2000 - 2008)
  • Murdoch University (2006 - 2012)
  • Queensland University of Technology (2005 - 2006)
  • Ogdens AEG (2006 - 2014)
  • Presbyterian Ladies College WA (2008)
  • Education Department WA (1998 - 2005)
  • Mazenod College (WA) (1996-1997)
  • Festival of Perth (1990-2001)
  • Effie Crump Theatre (1990-2000)
  • Burswood Convention Centre (1987-2001)
  • Playhouse Theatre
  • Class Act Theatre (1994 - current)
  • Perth Entertainment Centre
  • Theatre Zart

See my full history on LinkedIn.

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I'm a theatre practitioner turned drama teacher turned "edupunk" and advocate for technology-mediated education and arts. I've been co-chair of the IDEA (International Drama/Theatre and Education Association)  SIG for Drama and New Media since 2001 (Bergen 2001, Ottawa 2004, Hong Kong 2007) - in Belém 2010  this was renamed Science, Technology and New Media.

I continue to investigate the nexus between drama, education and virtual worlds.

I've taught in K-12 and tertiary contexts, teaching Contemporary Performance, Interdisciplinary Practice, Primary and Secondary Drama and Cultural History and Theory at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, and Drama as Social Action, Drama for Community Cultural Development, Process Drama and Studies in Directing for Queensland University of Technology. 

I developed an online module in research education (Practice-led research in Arts, Media and Design) for the Australian Technologies Network of Universities  I've also worked with the innovative IT team at Presbyterian Ladies College and recently accepted an offer to work in Instructional Design for Curtin University’s School of Regional, Remote and Elearning. I want to keep growing my understanding and engagement with internet culture and have always endeavoured to share my work with students and colleagues.

I've taught in the following subjects:

  • Interdisciplinary Practice  (Unit Coordinator)
  • Cultural History and Theory
  • Contemporary Culture in the Digital Age (Unit Coordinator)
  • Foundations of Education
  • Process, Drama and Information Technology (Unit Coordinator)
  • Drama Education in the Primary Context
  • Teaching Secondary Drama
  • Process Drama
  • Drama for Community Cultural Development
  • Studies in Directing
  • Drama as a Process of Learning
  • Drama as Social Action
  • Art and Creativity
  • K-7 Drama and Movement (Unit Coordinator)

My full professional profile can be found here.

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Research Fields


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Research Interests

My research interests tend to revolve around the nexus between Drama, Education, Games, Immersion, Virtual Worlds, Educational Technology.

Master of Education thesis "Drama and Technology: teacher attitudes and perceptions" 

Advocating an approach called generative play.

Current research

  • Digital Badging
  • Sustainability education
  • Serious Games
  • Challenge based learning
  • Learning Analytics
  • Ludopoiesis

Other research interests:

  • Drama teaching
  • Online drama development
  • E-learning
  • Open-source solutions for education
  • Mind Matters
  • ICT integration across the curriculum
  • Management
  • Course planning/development
  • Second Life
  • Teacher Mentoring

Higher Degree by Research - Level 2 Supervisor

  • Faculty of Humanities (MPhil) - Chair of Thesis Committee
  • School of Education (M.Ed) - Co-supervisor
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Featured Publications

Book Chapters (Research)

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Gibson, D. C., N. Ostashewski, K. S. Flintoff, S. Grant, and E. Knight. 2013.“Digital Badges in Education.”Education and Information Technologies 1. In press.


Book Chapters (Research)

  • Willis III, J., K. S. Flintoff, and B. McGraw. 2016. “A Philosophy of Open Digital Badges.” In Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials: Demonstrating and Recognizing Knowledge and Competencies, 23-40. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Journal Articles (Research)


Conference Articles (Research)


Book Chapters (Research)


Conference Articles (Research)


Conference Articles (Research)

  • Gregory, S., L. Jacka, F. Stokes--Thompson, I. Stupans, C. Steel, C. Miller, S. Mathews, J. J. Jegathesan, D. Ellis, K. S. Flintoff et al. 2012.“Sustaining the future through virtual worlds.” In ascilite 2012 Future Challenges Sustainable Futures, Nov 25, 2012, Wellington, New Zealand: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.


Conference Articles (Research)


Conference Articles (Research)

Additional publication categories


Book Chapters - Other

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Other Information

Recent Professional Learning Actvity

Conference Presentations

  • Arduino: a gateway to computational thinking, big data and the Internet of Things.
  • Makerspaces (with Karen Miller)
  • Creativity via Big Data: from big data to computational thinking to creative problem-solving (innovation)
  • Libraries, Makerspaces and Higher Education (with Karen Miller)
  • Serious Games approaches to STEAM engagement (with Leah Irving)
  • Games and gamification for transformed student engagement (with Leah Irving and David Gibson)
  • Bringing the makerspace into STEAM Education
  • Shades of grey: Sharing your work when you don’t publish in a journal (with Matthias Liffers)
  • Embracing Challenge-based approaches to engage science across the curriculum (with Leah Irving)
  • Global challenges, games and scientific inquiry (with Leah Irving)
  • Challenge-based learning for rich authentic engagement.
  • Practical Game Mechanics to drive engagement and achievement. (with Leah Irving)
  • Setting Up a Library Makerspace (with Karen Miller)
  • Leadership, Climate Change & Global Responsibility [Public Lecture]
  • Digital Curation: opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development.
  • ACEC2012 WA Keynote: It's time to design learning
  • ACEC2012: Reclaiming the backchannel as a learning channel
  • Engaging students with learning technologies: A reflection on the eScholar process
  • Trends in eLearning
  • This Drama is Pwned [Keynote Address]
  • DramatARGy: Process Drama as Alternate Reality Game
  • DYSL2007 Learning Through the Drama Of Second Life
  • evolution | revolution: Architectures for Participation
  • Dramatically Different: Strategies for socially-engaged learning in virtual worlds
  • InfoMUVES: Information management, education and the shift to virtual worlds
  • I'm a teacher not a computer programmer
  • Engaging microblogging in lectures
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