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John Tiffin

Referee for: C.2.1, H.4.3, I.3.7, K.0, K.3, K.3.1, K.3.2, K.4
Address: New Zealand
Home Page: http://www.johntiffin.net/

Curriculum Vitae:

John Tiffin is a futurologist in the fields of education, communication and transport. He designed and developed the first Computer Assisted Instructional Design system (CAID) and with Lalita Rajasingham originated the concepts of the virtual class, the virtual school, the virtual university and the idea of JITAITS (Just in Time Artificially Intelligent Teachers). He is currently working with Chris Kissling to establish Transport Communications as a new discipline. He is Professor Emeritus at Victoria University of Wellington where he held the Beattie Chair of Communications from 1985 to 1998.

John has served as divisional manager of research in a computer software house and consultant in the design of new instructional systems to the Organization of American States, the World Bank, the International Telecommunications Union, the Academy for Educational Development, the Centre for Educational Development Overseas and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. He has also been a television producer, a school principal and an able bodied seaman.

John Tiffin is available for consultancies, research and teaching anywhere in the world.


  • Since 1998: Professor Emeritus of Communications at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • 1985–1998: The David Beattie Professor of Communications at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • 1983–1985: Research Division Manager, PROGENI SYSTEMS. (New Zealand, Australia and China).
  • 1980–1983: Director, ARIES INTERNATIONAL, Washington DC.
  • 1975–1979: Principal Specialist in Educational Technology to the Multinational Project in Educational Technology of the Organisation of American States working out of Washington DC in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.
  • 1974–1975: Organization of American States Research Fellow at Florida State University.
  • 1968–1973: Consultant for CEDO (Centre for Educational Developments Overseas), London. Head of Technical Assistance Missions to establish ETV in Brazil and Ghana.
  • 1966–1967: Producer WHATV (Wisconsin, USA) and Research Fellow at Wisconsin University.
  • 1965–1966: Principal, General Wingate School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Main Research Interests:

  • education
  • communication
  • transport