Introducing myself

You may be wondering why I am introducing myself with a picture of a kune kune piglet. For me she represents diversity. I am an Educational Developer, and work with a broad variety of people, as well as teaching the Flexible Learning course. A couple of years ago, Priscilla was one of our customers in the Educational Development Centre. She was such a gorgeous wee thing and kept us entertained for an hour while we waited for the SPCA to arrive. She was a wanderer from one of the local student flats, brought in by one of the polytechnic students who found her out the front on Forth street. Yes this is me in the next picture, after one of my weekend walks in the bush with hubby. It is a great way to forget about the academic stuff. 

I have been involved in teaching this course since 2006, and helped to develop the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. I entered the staff development side of things in 2001 when I was appointed the Blackboard coordinator for the organisation. Before that, I had been teaching bioscience in the nursing and midwifery degrees – both online, on-campus distance and in block courses. My interest in eLearning has taken me on a very interesting pathway in teaching and learning. I have recently submitted my Doctorate in Education and am now playing the waiting game. My focus was on using reflective frameworks for professional learning and practice.

I also teach an online course called Evaluation of eLearning for Effective practice. This is part of the Graduate Certificate in Applied eLearning now run by Manukau Institute of Technology, and originally developed as a TANZ initiative when I was involved in their elearning group. I really enjoy keeping up with the latest trends in learning and teaching. This includes not only the technologies which are springing up everywhere, but also innovative thinking around learning. I have recently been involved in running workshops on critical thinking, self-directed learning, reflective practice, ePortfolios and Web 2.0 tools. Oh yes, and I do lots of work with learning design, and have led curriculum development and research projects. I am really looking forward to reading your blogs.