I have  been involved in educational technology design, implementation, research and consultancy for over twenty years, working closely with Higher Education Institutes, schools and media companies in UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

My 3D virtual world design and tele-robotics research has been recognized and funded by the UK Prime Minister's Initiative (PMI2) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).   In 2012 I was awarded second prize in the Distributed Learning category at the United States Army's Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge for my research in virtual collaboration.

I am also on the editorial board of a number of academic journals; in particular, International Journal of Learning Technology (IJLT), International Journal of Virtual and Augmented Reality (IJVAR), and Journal of Virtual Studies.

I  provide experience and expertise in learner-centered design, disruptive digital implementations, transformative pedagogy, and futures communication in multiple disciplines. I have been a PI on a number of technology research projects (e.g. virtual reality, robotics, mobile devices) emphasizing the essentiality of inter-disciplinary education. I am also Co-PI on two major Japanese education research projects developing design principles to foster self-regulated learners in the 21st century. My  responsibilities are  to continually advise on instructional and learning designs, provide pragmatic aspects of programme implementations, consult with PI and Co-PI on refining research methodology, and collaborate on data collection, analysis and reports.

I am open to international VR research collaborations, research consultancy, postgraduate student supervision, and external examiner at PhD/ Ed.D level. Please use the CONTACT page to get in touch.

~ My Japanese university website is at www.fun.ac.jp/faculty/

~ My hobby is at https://tinyurl.com/ywk4nj8x


ヴァランス教授は、学生がUnity & Oculus Riftと呼ばれる没入型立体仮想模擬実験システムを通して、自然科学、科学技術、工学、数学などの概念を学際的に学ぶ過程を研究しています。






- 2006     Durham University, UK. Doctorate in Education Ed.D

- 1996     University of Stirling, UK. MSc Computer Aided Learning

- 1986     Greenwich University, UK. PGCE. Postgraduate Certificate in Education

- 1984     University of Glamorgan, UK. BSc.(Hons) Mechanical Engineering

- 1979     Highbury Technical College, Portsmouth, UK. Advanced Marine Engineering.      


- 2006 to present      Future University Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. Professor.

Masters research supervision and Graduate Study research supervision.

Postgraduate taught course: Academic Literacy - research methods and writing.

Undergraduate taught course: Year 2 Communication – Computational Thinking problem solving and futures images design with SketchUp.

Director of the Center for Meta-learning (April 2014 – March 2016).

- 2000 – 2006      Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Lecturer.

- 1997 – 2000     Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. Lecturer.

- 1996 – 1997     New Straits Times, Malaysia. Journalist.

Funded research

Total: ¥90,000,000 /  US$675,000

April 2022 – March 2024 (3 years) The Proteus Effect.

JSPS KAKENHI Scientific research category General C (Principal Investigator) No. 22K02949. Amount: ¥3,000,000 / US$23,000

April 2018 – March 2021 (3 years) Engineering virtual reality for real learning.

JSPS KAKENHI Scientific research category General C (Principal Investigator) No. 18K02940. Amount: ¥4,900,000 / US$33,000

April 2018 – March 2021 (3 years) Building design principles of an adult learning environment for fostering self-regulated learners in the 21st century. JSPS KAKENHI Scientific research category B (Co-investigator). PI – Prof. Noyuri Mima. Amount: ¥20,000,000/ US$196,000

April 2015 – March 2018 (3 years) Engineering active learning in a 3D virtual world

JSPS KAKENHI Scientific research category General C (Principal Investigator). No. 15K01080. Amount: ¥4,720,000 / US$46,000

April 2015 – March 2018 (3 years) Building a phased learning support utilizing peer tutoring of university students. JSPS KAKENHI Scientific research category B (Co-investigator). PI – Prof. Noyuri Mima No. 15H02932. Amount: ¥19,930,000 / US$195,000

April 2010 – March 2012 (2 years) Augmented reality for science literacy

JSPS KAKENHI Exploratory Research (Principal Investigator). No. 00423781. Amount: ¥2,700,000 / US$26,500

May 2008 – April 2010 (2 years) Processes, outcomes and metrics for assessing synchronous and asynchronous collaboration in Virtual Worlds. (Principal Investigator)

Awarded by: UK PRIME MINISTER'S INITIATIVE 2 (PMI2) SCIENCE CONNECT. Amount: ¥8,200,000 / US$80,500

April 2009 – March 2010 Hakodate Podmaps. Awarded by: JSPS RESEARCH FOR PROMOTING TECHNOLOGICAL SEEDS. Amount: ¥1,086,000 / US$10,600

April 2006 – March 2020. Future University special research internal funding.

Total research projects: 24 . Total amount awarded: ¥12,100,000/ US$110,500

Students win third place at European Game-based Learning conference, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Science, Graz, Austria

Second place at USA DoD conference, Orlando, Florida, USA.