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 am currently working as a contract Instructional Designer for the Ministry of Justice, focussed on the development of Articulate Storyline and Rise eLearning content, as well as introductory videos related to the launch of a public-facing website and back-end system for Māori Land Court staff that is being implemented.
- Develop new, creative and innovative training content and materials ensuring that they meet the needs and requirements of the Whenua Māori Programme and Ministry
- Develop, publish and maintain e-learning materials, digital media and other related training material
- Liaise with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to plan and produce fit for purpose training materials
- Provide advice on instructional design and the appropriate use of blended learning methodologies to colleagues and key stakeholders
- Ensure the integrity of course content through systematic design, testing and quality assurance
I recently completed working as a contract Instructional Designer at Accident Compensation Corporation, working on the Client Payments stream of their business transformation project. I was initially hired in November 2018 for 6 months but was then asked to remain, finishing at the end of June 2020. The role included development of online, self-paced and face-to-face workshop facilitated learning.
Prior to this, I worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, developing training material for an Asset Management System that was being implemented. This included developing and delivering training in New Zealand, Washington DC and London, to Embassy and High Commission staff from around the World.