I have a background in eLearning, Instructional Design, training and teaching, having taught in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I hold a Bachelor of Education, 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.
My most recent work has been with Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ), starting in mid-2014 and concluding in early 2017. The initial role (as an eLearning Specialist)involved:
- Undertaking a review of the existing e-learning platform and resources; and
- Providing a report detailing the findings and resulting recommendations around which technologies will enhance these and help the Association embrace best practice ICT use in the Early Childhood Education programmes; and
- Implementing relevant E-Learning initiatives identified in the 2015-2017 strategic plan
I left ECNZ in January 2016, but was asked to return in June to prepare eLearning processes and staffing recommendations for the incoming, newly-appointed CEO. Specifically I was tasked with…
- Reviewing ECNZ’s eLearning capability and determining requirements for resourcing future development
- Reporting findings to the Senior Management Group related to programme delivery, resources and required staffing (including the development of job descriptions and team structure)
- Supporting the organisation in implementing the recommendations outlined in my report
I agreed to remain with the organisation through until January to manage contract Instructional Designers working on the development of existing and new programmes, allow for the commencement of the recruitment of positions based upon my recommendations, and to upgrade the Learning Management System to Moodle 3.2
Prior to this my eLearning experience includes...
- Working as a Senior Instructional Designer at the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington, New Zealand on a 12-month contract as part of the implementation of a new passport processing system (including online passport renewals).
- Working as the Knowledge and Information Management Team Leader in the New Zealand Defence Force's Training and Education Directorate based in Palmerston North, with responsibilities related to various systems including the Defence Force's Learning Management System.
- 11 years working at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, as the Flexible Learning and Teaching Manager for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.