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Anne Forster


Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management & Technology, University of Maryland University College

Associate Member, Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (AIAMA)

Immediate Past President, Open & Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA)

BA (UNSW) 1973, Dip Ed (Newcastle) 1973, MEd (Sydney) 1983

Anne Forster advises on eLearning, entrepreneurial education and the international education industry. Her current research is the impact of entrepreneurial higher education on academic identity and the transformative role of mediation in negotiating effective outcomes in team bas ed projects. She is Adjunct Associate Professor with the online Master of Distance Education, UMUC, teaching DEPM 622, The Business of DE and co-teaching DEPM609, Systems Thinking in DE.


A past president of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Anne has worked for over thirty years as an academic and manager developing innovative and technology enhanced education. Her career, which began in England at the UKOU, has been located in Australia and Canada and is now virtual, based in Sydney Australia. In Australia Anne directed post graduate programs in Distance Education and an Executive MBA. She was founding director of the Innovation and Technology in Education Unit at the University of Sydney and Assistant Director of Executive Education at Bond University. She has worked as a senior manager with KPMG consulting and was Vice President of NextEd Ltd a global integrated services provider for higher education.


Anne's North American clients included the Getty Centre for the Arts, the Commonwealth of Learning, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, the Telelearning Network of Centres of Excellence and the Canadian Federal Government. She is the author of Learning at a Distance, a core module of the Certificate of Professional Development in Distance Education offered by the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Anne is a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Distance Education and has herself published widely. She has consulted on education projects in Europe, the South Pacific, South Africa and South East Asia.


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Anne has written eight monographs, four book chapters and 16 refereed articles on issues relating to open, distance, flexible and elearning management and development. More...



She has given numerous presentations at conferences and frequently invited to provide papers or keynote presentations at international conferences. More...




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