My name is Mark McGuire, I live in Dunedin, New Zealand, and this is my personal blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit this site, which I launched on 30 November, 2009. This is my first concerted effort to create a place for my own views, ideas, and work. In past years, I created blogs to support individual courses that I teach at the University of Otago (I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Sciences). This blog, however, is my personal space, where I try to think beyond the confines of my job and geographical location and contribute to discussions on much larger issues. This is an experiment in Open Education and Informal Learning, as well as an effort to connect conversational spaces that are usually separated through the use of different places, passwords, permissions, and practices. This is a work in progress; a developing practice with no predetermined goal or objective, other than to connect to others who share my interests and concerns, and to engage in open conversation. It is fueled by my interest in Open Learning, and by the widely-shared belief that digital networks, like healthy physical communities, can be used to further the public good.
I studied Architecture and Fine Art in Canada before setting up Mediatrix Inc., a design and consulting company based in Toronto. As well as working as a graphic designer, I guided several book and magazine publishers through the transition from conventional to digital design and production. I earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Canada, as well as a Masters in Information Science from Otago and a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Auckland. I moved to Dunedin, New Zealand from Toronto in 1993 and joined the Department of Design Studies at the University of Otago in 1994, where I worked as a Senior Lecturer until the end of 2010. On 1 January, 2011 I accepted a position in the new Department of Applied Sciences.
My research interests include open education, online communities, digital media theory and practice, Communication design, science communication, and soundscape design. My recent publications focus on these issues. I teach primarily in communication design and new media theory and practice. I am interested in interdisciplinary and collaboration. I am a lifelong learner, and I am learning what it means to be an Open Scholar. This website part of that effort. I invite your comments, emails <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and Twitter messages (@mark_mcguire).