Please tell us a little about your background in education. Why did you decide to become involved in education? What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?
My career spans from milking cows as my first job, undergraduate degree in stuff I can hardly remember, living in different countries and training in my second language to where I am now ~ happily ensconced as a learning technologist in a dual sector university at the ‘outpost’ campus. I’ve worked in a few different sectors and through that process I realised that education was the one for me. My current roles is a mix of systems support for the Learning Management System through to academic support and training on usage of the LMS. I’m pursuing my Masters of Arts in stuff I hope I can remember and use (Online and Distance Education) and continue to jump feet first into way too many fantastic open education opportunities.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
Curiosity about the way things are and the way things could be.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
I’ll modify that question to include ed+tech. The rewards are being able to see technology being put to the best use for the student experience. Rewards in getting others to see that technology is not something to be feared or controlled but to be used. The challenge to encourage more people to push past the ‘luddite’ factor and find uses for technology in expressing themselves and helping others express themselves. The challenge to explain to others that I find sometimes non-screen time is the best learning tool and even sometimes even 42 won’t be the answer.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
What could be done
To better the bed we lie in
What could be said
To make roses bloom
Each step that we take
Each course that we make
Each attitude we throw
Effects the system.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
My hope this week is to survive, really. EduTweetOz will survive, with me or without me. The vast majority of my twitter connections and online study and interaction happen with people that are 3 or more timezones away. I want to connect with other educators in this region and in particular, those ed-tech creatures. By raising some issues, discussing and debating, we can be motivated to keep on going!