Prior to moving into Higher Education, I had an 18 year career as a TV Producer & Director, with NZ’s state broadcaster, TVNZ.
I’m currently the eLearning projects manager for the Tertiary Accord of New Zealand (TANZ). I Have worked in the ITP sector since 1993, initially as a programme leader in TV & Video Post Production at the NZ Broadcasting School at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
In 2000 I took up the role as Manager of eLearning & Web Support for CPIT and was responsible for the roll out of Blackboard, staff development in eLearning & the development of a variety of eLearning projects. In 2004 I was seconded to TANZ to project manage a series of eCDF contracts.
I have been responsible for overseeing the development of more than 40 workplace-based online courses and programmes and have managed collaborative online developments with a wide range of organisations including the six TANZ member institutions the ASURE meat inspection SOE, Public Service Training Organisation (Learning State), Workbase Literacy Trust and Flexible Learning Network.
A major project I lead was a network of provision pilot, that linked teachers and learners across the six TANZ institutions using Moodle’s networking capability. This pilot was designed to show how the Moodle Networking technology (MNet) would enable the sharing of courses, students and teachers between six geographically distributed H.E. institutions.
Currently I am co-leading an exciting project with Otago Polytechnic in which a workplace-based learning (WBL) degree pathway is being piloted with a range of candidates who have extensive work experience and are seeking to gain degree level qualifications. This pathway uses Assessment of prior Learning (APL) to determine the quanta and level of learning, knowledge and skills for which a candidate can provide evidence from their work experience. Once this is determined and the balance of learning required to achieve the degree qualification identified, the candidate then negotiates the curriculum for the required balance of learning, developing a three way learning contract between Otago Polytechnic, the learner and the learner’s employer. This contract sets out the terms and scope of the work to be done and how it will be assessed. The balance of learning will be achieved through formal course work, or workplace-based projects, or a combination of both.
I have a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications from CPIT and a Masters in Online Education from the University of Southern Queensland.
I am married to Jane, and have a son from a previous marriage. We live in Woodbury, a tiny community in South Canterbury, where we built an eco friendly house 2 years ago. I work primarily from home, but my base is at CPIT, about an hour and forty-five minutes drive away.
My leisure time is taken up by vegetable gardening, wood work and DIY, reading, ( mostly detective fiction, my current favourites are James Lee Burke, Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin, Val Diamond, Peter Ellis and Kathy Reichs). I also play tennis, swim when I can and enjoy cooking.
Note: TANZ Member organisations: Otago Polytechnic (OP), Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, (CPIT) Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, (NMIT) Universal College of Learning, (UCoL), Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Northland Institute of Technology (Northtec) & Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (BOP)