I have a background in eLearning, Instructional Design, training and teaching, having taught in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and completed my Master of Education in Online and Distance Education (with Honours) in 2010, researching the perceptions of staff and students in the use of asynchronous and synchronous tools.
In 2009 I was appointed New Zealand's first Higher Education Adobe Education Leader in recognition of my work in the area of web-conferencing. In 2004 I was appointed as one of 15 inaugural Flexible Learning Leaders in New Zealand, recognising my innovative use of technology in teaching and learning.
I have experience in a number of multimedia and web-authoring products, as well as an absolute passion for all Apple products, notably the Macintosh. From 2002-2007, I wrote the multimedia section of New Zealand's only Macintosh magazine "NZ Macguide". In 2003, I launched NZMac.com, a website dedicated to supporting the New Zealand Macintosh community, and a sister site (NZiPhone.com) in 2008, before selling the sites in 2011.
NZMac.com was the largest Macintosh web site in New Zealand and ran on an open source content management system called Joomla. I am an experienced Joomla user (this site runs on Joomla) and NZMac.com was featured as a case study in a published Joomla book, as well as being mentioned briefly in another.
I recently completed a contract with OSPRI as a Learning Designer, focussed on the development of Fact Sheets, scenario-based walkthroughs for a 'Train The Trainer' learning approach, as well as a series of micro videos that were used both for the upskill of staff and made available publicly to support farmers making use of the MyOSPRI system. The role included the following responsibilities:
Prior to that, I worked as a contract Instructional Designer at the Ministry of Justice, working on learning material related to changes in the Māori Land Act and a forthcoming technology to be available to Māori Land Court staff and the public. This work focused on Articulate Storyline and Articulate Rise material development.