Allan was a School leader at the University of the Nations (UofN) a part of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) at the Kona Hawaii campus from 1989-97. He was in the College of Communication and also ran the Print Production School at Last Days Ministries in Texas when it was changing to a UofN Location. He has a background in Print Production, publishing and marketing. He pioneered the UofN website and in 1998 he and his family returned to Australia and sensed a strong calling to gain further education and serve the Lord in Technology Enhanced Education. He completed two masters degrees, one in Interactive Multimedia and the other in Education. Allan has been a Learning Designer with the eLearning Team at the University of Adelaide for 10 years between 2003 and 2013.
He is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and has won two major Learning and Teaching Awards. In 2011 he was awarded the University of Adelaide Award for Excellence in Support of the Student Experience – this was the first time this award had been granted. In 2012 he received a National Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, one of only 152 awarded across Australia. It read: “Allan Carrington has been fundamental in providing teaching faculty with the motivation, knowledge, tools, confidence and evidence to show them that they can and should challenge themselves to look at new ways to teach and engage. He has been instrumental in introducing eight significant teaching and learning initiatives. Such pedagogies as Scenario-based Learning, Just in Time Teaching (JiTT) and Interactive Learning Modules (ILMs) have resulted in very positive learning outcomes and enriching the student experience”. Allan has worked in learning and teaching in the VET sector and has a Certificate IV in Assessment and Work Place Training. He has led schools (courses) in Hawaii, Texas USA and Paraguay. He has also taught marketing and research, print production and communications. Allan has extensive experience in online collaboration and facilitation.
His learning and teaching initiatives and areas of research interest can be found on his Let’s Collaborate Page which is part of his ePortfolio. Allan’s most recent project has had tremendous success. He is the imagineer of The Padagogy Wheel which is a learning and teaching model that helps teachers design more engaging learning. IBetween Jan 2014 and Mar 2015 there have been 280,944 page views of his blog from 192,696 individual visitors. There has been a staggering 139,324 downloads of the English Version of the Padagogy Wheel Poster. In March Allan commenced the task of seeking help from teachers around the world to translate the Padagogy Wheel Poster into other languages. As at July there is now a version in English, Spanish, German and Chinese. Russian is next with another 14 languages in production.
Allan sees his most effective contribution to making a difference in the future is consulting and in particular working with teachers and students speaking other languages in what is referred to as the majority world. . To serve this calling he has resigned from his full time position at the Univeristy of Adelaide and with Glynis, his wife of 37 years, they have commenced Designing Outcomes. Glynis and Allan have two adult children and live in Adelaide South Australia. For more information please visit Allan and Glynis’ Calling and Mission.