About John Tiffin

John Tiffin

Professor John Tiffin

  • Since 1998: Professor Emeritus at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • 1985–1998: The David Beattie Professor at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • 1983 -1985: Divisional Manager of Research at the New Zealand software house PROGENI SYSTEMS (offices in 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 (OAS) 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 with CEDO (Centre for Educational Development Overseas), London. Head of Technical assistance missions to establish ETV in Brazil and Ghana.
  • 1966 –1967: Producer WHATV (Wisconsin, USA) and Research Fellow at the University Of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 1965 – 1966 Principal, General Wingate School, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Visiting fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, University of the Philippines at Los Banos, the East West Centre at the University of Hawaii, the University of Ghana at Legon and an associate professor of what was Haile Selassie First University in Addis Ababa.
  • John Tiffin has also been a script writer, a television producer and an able bodied seaman in the Royal Navy.


  • John Tiffin and Christopher Kissling (2007) Transport Communications, GB and USA, Kogan Page. How the transport industry faces a paradigm shift in the future as it adapts to information technology, nanotechnology and climate change. BUY NOW
  • John Tiffin and Lalita Rajasingham, (2003) The Global Virtual University, London and New York, Routledge. How universities face a paradigm shift as they adapt to the internet and globalisation BUY NOW
  • John Tiffin and Lalita Rajasingham (2003) A Universidade Virtual e Global, Sao Paulo, Artmed. Brazilian Edition.
  • John Tiffin, and Lalita Rajasingham, (1995) In Search of the Virtual Class; Education in an Information Society, London and New York, Routledge. An overview of education as a paradigm that launched the idea of the virtual class, the virtual school and the virtual university. Published in Russian (1999): Moscow, Mockba. Published in Spanish (1997): Barcelona and Buenos Aires, Paidos. BUY NOW
  • John Tiffin and Nobuyoshi Terashima (eds) (2001) HyperReality; Paradigm for the Third Millenium, London and New York, Routledge. HyperReality is hypothetical technological paradigm where virtual reality and physical reality and human intelligence and artificial intelligence can interact seamlessly. How will it be applied in the future? Published in Japanese (2001). BUY NOW
  • John Tiffin (1979) Problems in Instructional Television in Latin America, published in English, Spanish and French in a special edition of the Latin American research journal ‘Revista de Tecnologia Educativa’-Vol 4 no 2 1978. Introduced the technique of problem analysis now better known as problematique and applied it to instructional television to establish why it did not work. Published in Portuguese as Tiffin, J. (1979) Problemas Criticos em sistemas de Televisao Educativa, Rio de Janeiro. Prontel.
  • Peter Combes and John Tiffin (1978) Television Production for Education, London and New York, Focal Press Ltd. Published in Spanish as Peter Combes and John Tiffin (1979) Produccion de Television para la Educacion, Santiago, TECLA. BUY NOW
  • Peter Combes and John Tiffin (1978) How to fly the Atlantic London, Kogan Page.
  • Peter Combes and John Tiffin (1980) How to fly to the British Isles, New York, Random House.

John Tiffin has written numerous articles for academic journals.

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