Professor Glenn Finger is Dean (Learning and Teaching) Arts, Education and Law at Griffith University, Queensland. This portfolio involves responsibilities which reflect his passion – learning and teaching. He has extensively researched, published, and provided consultancies in creating transformational stories of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enhance learning. He has contributed to the scholarship of teaching through more than 70 peer reviewed publications (including Books, Book Chapters, Journal Articles, Conference Papers) and major reviews. He is the lead author of the book Transforming Learning with ICT: Making IT Happen used in teacher education programs in several Australian Universities. For his outstanding teaching related to ICT, Dr Finger has won various teaching awards and citations. He has undertaken collaborative research in various international settings, including National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan.
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Professor Glenn Finger loves teaching as it holds the potential for making a difference by assisting in transforming the lives of others in ways through promoting lifelong and lifewide learning. For more than 37 years, his teaching career has been driven by a commitment to improving the life prospects, the aspirations, and learning outcomes of his students. As a student who struggled in his early years of schooling, he has a deep, personal understanding of the difference a great teacher can make by connecting with students and awakens that joy in creative expression and knowledge. From being someone who struggled in Grade 1, 2 and 3, his teacher who taught him in Grades 4 and 5 made the difference. He was transformed from a non-reader to love reading, to loving to hear and tell stories, and to have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. From the age of 9, he wanted to teach. By teaching his students – teaching the teachers - at Griffith University, he is living his dream.
After starting his teacher career in 1975, he taught many students through being a Health and Physical Education specialist, primary school teacher, Deputy Principal, and Acting Principal in a wide variety of educational contexts. His greatest delight is keeping in touch with many of his students who share with him their rich personal stories of their lifelong and lifewide challenges and achievements.