My journey as an educator probably began in 1980, when I participated in a ‘cross-age tutoring’ program as a year nine English student. I was struck by the intellectual and social challenge of teaching long division to a struggling year five student, and achieved a great deal of satisfaction upon my success. My career prior to commencing as an academic included periods where my primary focus was the application of my Information Technology (IT) skills and periods in education and training roles. These education and training roles included private tutoring, workplace training, secondary teaching and academic staff development. My teaching approach and philosophy developed substantially through these roles as well as through formal study towards a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Research Masters and PhD focused on Technology and Learning and have continued to develop through 20+ years as a researcher, lecturer and leader at Charles Sturt University. In recent years my focus has shifted somewhat towards leadership and I have been able to have an impact on large numbers of online students through leadership of major initiatives as part of my role as Director of Learning Online at CSU.