Dr Jason Zagami is a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies of Griffith University on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia where he teaches and conducts research in:
- Innovations in educational technologies with a focus on the identification of emerging trends, educational gaming (including VR, AR and VWs), student co-creation of secondary worlds, and neural / cognitive activity measurement; and
- Computer Science Education (K12) with a focus on curriculum implementation approaches involving higher order thinking skill development, concept development through visualisation and manipulation (including visual programming), concept development through use of manipulables (Robotics, Drones and IOT), and challenges for female participation in Computer Science education.
Jason has many years' of experience in K-12 computer education and tertiary teacher education, has been the recipient of an Outstanding National Achievement by a Teacher and Queensland Computer Educator of the Year awards. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, past president of the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE), past president of the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE), editor of the Australian Educational Computing (AEC) journal, and president of the Australian College of Educators (Gold Coast region).
Dr Zagami is married to Debbie and they have two Japanese Spitz, Edelweiss and Yoko.
Email is the most effective means of contacting Dr Zagami. Students in particular should use their university email for all official communication and include details of their course code/name and campus.
Dr Zagami operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT+10) with no seasonal daylight savings / summertime adjustments
He can generally be contacted until midnight but does not welcome contacts before 9am
Dr Zagami lives and works in Southport on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The Gold Coast is Australia's 6th largest city, a major tourist destination with extensive beaches, rain forests, theme parks, and host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Southport is the CBD of the Gold Coast and the major knowledge precinct including Griffith University where Dr Zagami teaches and conducts research.
A popular location for domestic and international students, visiting faculty, and conferences, the Gold Coast has an extensive public transport network including light and intercity rail, and an international airport. The Gold Coast hosts numerous conventions with a dedicated convention centre and dozens of resorts and hotels with convention facilities.
The Gold Coast has an extensive network of state and private schools, with several catering for domestic and international boarding students, and three universities, Griffith University, Bond University, and Southern Cross University.
Transport and Parking
Dr Zagami has an office in Building G30 Arts and Education 1, Level 3, Room 3.25 on the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University.
The campus is in Southport on the northern Gold Coast, accessed from Brisbane or the Gold Coast Airport by the M1 freeway and then the Smith Street motorway (Exit 66). Paid parking is available on campus.
The most reliably convenient public parking is in the G55 carpark accessed off Olsen Avenue (south from the Smith Street Olsen Avenue exit) and Griffith Way (paid via a parking ticket machine or app), then walking across the pedestrian bridge over Smith Street, continue straight along buildings G31 and G30 to the firedoor at the northern end of of G30 (or enter the building to access the lift), then up the stairs to level 3, then back south down the central corridor, two sets of offices, to room 3.25.
Meetings can also be arranged at cafe's or restaurants on campus, or in the nearby Ashmore, Crestwood or Parkwood shopping precincts (incurring far fewer parking hassles).
Appointments are essential as Dr Zagami usually works remotely, but he lives locally and can be on campus when necessary, however, skype/video conference is the preferred followup to email communications unless detailed and complex conversations are required. Undergraduate students in particular should not expect campus meetings for queries or issues that could be addressed via email.
Dr Zagami is active in a range of social and professional networks and welcomes invitations to connect with colleagues, students, and friends. He does try and keep professional and social networks somewhat separate, in particular, current undergraduate students are requested not to connect via personal Facebook accounts but are welcome to connect on LinkedIn (past and Masters/PhD students are welcome to connect on Facebook).
While Dr Zagami researches the educational potential of many social media platforms, these are not checked regularly and email is the most reliable means of ensuring a communication is successful.
Speaking and Consulting
Dr Zagami is available to keynote and speak at conferences locally, nationally and internationally and should be contacted directly. Consultancies to provide professional development, online courses, and to conduct research can be made through the Griffith University Professional Learning Hub. Media enquiries can be made through the Griffith University Office of Marketing and Communication.
Research and PhD Supervisions
Dr Zagami welcomes opportunities to collaborate with teachers, schools, departments, governments, and academics on research projects and papers. PhD students seeking supervision for doctoral studies should consider Dr Zagami's research areas and methodologies, how these may align with your interests, and apply through the Griffith Graduate Research School.