CORE's Team

Stephen Lowe

Instructional Designer


DipTchg (Tertiary)
MSc (Software Engineering)

Contact details


P: 0800 267 301

M: 021 911 241

Region: Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast

Stephen Lowe

Professional profile

Stephen provides technical oversight and learning design support, enabling members of the CORE team to achieve the outcomes they want in their online courses.

Stephen held a teaching position at Aoraki Polytechnic designing and delivering courses in both the School of Information Technology and the School of Art. He mentored many young adults into related employment, which was his greatest satisfaction in that role. Joining CORE Education in 2012 to support online professional development courses gave him the opportunity to think and act outside the normal constraints of post-compulsory education frameworks. Stephen’s lifelong interest in innovative, even radically different, approaches to common problems has led him to recent experiments in gamification and stereoscopic VR. He is a popular presenter at conferences including E-Fest, shar-E-fest, Moodlemoot and ULearn.  


  • Use of online learning environments, especially Moodle.
  • User profiling and community in online environments.
  • The innovation process and design thinking.

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
  • Technical Communicators Association of New Zealand (TCANZ).
  • shar-E-fest conference committee member 2011, 2012, 2014.

Conference presentations

  • “Stereoscopic VR”  Interactive session at shar-E-fest 2014, Hamilton, and at Moodlemoot, Nelson, 2014.
  • “Self Organised Learning Environments” Interactive session at shar-E-fest, Hamilton, 2014, and at Moodlemoot, Nelson, 2014.
  • “Data mining the Moodle user logs for actionable insights.” Demonstration at shar-E-fest, Hamilton, 2011.
  • “A quick and easy but not trivial toolkit for Moodle course design and production.” Workshop delivered at shar-E-fest, Hamilton, 2011.
  • “Data mining the Moodle user logs for actionable insights.” Paper presented at Moodlemoot, Auckland, 2011.
  • "A light framework - explicitly stated pedagogy to inform Moodle course design." Interactive session facilitated at Moodlemoot, Auckland, 2011.
  • “A black box approach.” Paper presented at shar-E-fest, Hamilton, 2010.
  • “How many of McConnell’s 36 classic mistakes are we making?” Paper presented at eFest, Wellington, 2007.
  • “Integrating Mobile into Moodle-delivered programmes.” Workshop delivered at eFest, Wellington, 2006.
  • “Social innovation in mobile learners.” Conversation facilitated at eFest, Wellington, 2006.
  • “FPS Assessor — a Flash game for test preparation.” Educational software application demonstrated at eFest, Wellington, 2005.
  • “SCORM-compliant plug and play Flash objects.” Educational software application demonstrated at eFest, Wellington, 2005.


  • Lowe, S. (2002) “Bells & Whistles: Learning Programming Principles Through Multimedia Authoring.” Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications. Dunedin: NACCQ.
  • Lowe, S. (2008) “Student-user modeling in connectivist learning environments.” Dissertation, University of Liverpool.

Personal statement

My own school days were not so good, and at age 17 I left to join the Merchant Navy having failed to reach anything like my full potential. The practical and authentic education I received at sea suited my style of learning much better, and I flourished. I had time to read, which I did voraciously. When I came ashore aged 40, I determined to give back, and to do my small part in making education better for kids and young adults coming up through the system.