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Tony Carew

Educational Developer

Level 4, TUU Building, Sandy Bay Campus

03 6226 4771 (phone)


Tony Carew develops innovative web applications to support online teaching and learning. He is currently leading the technical development of the Course and Unit Builder, a web application supporting multi-disciplinary design of high-quality Higher Education curriculum. In 2016, with Luke Padgett and Beale van der Veer, Tony designed and implemented the Open Education Licensing (OEL) Toolkit, a database-driven decision tree that guides users to tailored copyright and licensing information. In 2017, the Toolkit was recognised internationally, winning the Open Education Consortium's Awards for Excellence.

In 2015, with the Sharing Learning Resources Project team, Tony developed a Learning Object Repository to allow Open Educational Resources (OER) to become discoverable.

In 2012-14, Tony led the technical development of the University's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, from inception to delivery in its first two offerings. The MOOC attracted more than 25 thousand registrants to mid-2014, and achieved significantly high completion rates (between 38%-39%, compared with worldwide averages between 2%-14%).


  • Open Education Consortium's Open Education Awards for Excellence (Open Tool category), 2017
  • Australian Computing Society's Community iAward (State winners and National Finalists), 2014
  • Vice-Chancellor's Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning, 2014
  • The Australian Innovation Challenge Community Services National Finalists and Readers Choice Winners, 2014
  • Dean's Roll of Excellence, 2005


  • 2018- Developing the Course and Unit Builder.
  • 2016-17 Development of the Open Education Licensing (OEL) Toolkit web application.
  • 2015 Development of the Learning Object Repository for the Sharing Learning Resources Project.
  • 2015 Development of the interactive Teaching Matters online program.
  • 2014- Design of processes and resources supporting the Developing the Business of Learning and Teaching initiative.
  • 2012-14 Led the technical development of the University's first Massive Open Online Course, Understanding Dementia.
  • 2011-13 Designed the data storage and retrieval system for the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project.

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Fields of Research

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)

Research Objectives

  • Computer Software and Services (890299)
  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • Education and Training Systems Policies and Development (930501)


Total publications


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2016Wright R, Bossu C, Padgett L, Whitehead D, Carew T, et al., 'Open Education Licensing: A toolkit for achieving openness in the global education market', ASCILITE 2016 Conference Proceedings, 28-30 November 2016, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 672-674. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bossu C; Padgett L; van der Veer B

2014King C, Carew TP, O'Mara A, Gibson N, King C, et al., 'Quality online spaces: Bringing MOOC technology to MyLO', Teaching Matters, 2014, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: King C; O'Mara A; Gibson N; King C; Carvosso A

2013Kelder J, King Carolyn, Carew T, O'Reilly J, Robinson A, et al., 'Evaluation of a MOOC pilot: impacts on pedagogical and technical design and dementia education research', Proceedings of Ascilite 2013, 1-4 December 2013, Macquarie University, Sydney, pp. 456-460. ISBN 978-1-74138-403-1 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Kelder J; King Carolyn; O'Reilly J; Robinson A; Vickers J

2012Canty A, Andrews SM, Carew TP, Kelder JC, King CE, et al., 'Associate Degree in Dementia Care: Sustaining a course and maintaining the students', Teaching Matters, 4 Dec, Launceston (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Canty A; Andrews SM; Kelder JC; King CE; McInerney F; Robinson AL; Skalicky JL; Vickers JC; Walls JT