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EDUCATION

2011       Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems. Doctorate Title: “Influences on the adoption of mobile technology by students and teachers”, Massey University, NZ

Thesis synopsis: The study proposed and tested a structural model of the adoption of mobile learning in tertiary education. I developed a framework that will play a major role in shaping the future of mobile learning in tertiary education. The thesis is available at http://mro.massey.ac.nz/handle/10179/3684

Thesis research instrument has been translated into Turkish, Mandarin (Taiwan and China) as well as many other requests for researchers to adopt this survey in their own research.

Interviewed on Breakfast TV,  Radio New Zealand and both national and international print media regarding my research.

2007       National Certificate in Adult Education L5. UpSkill, NZ
2005      Bachelor of Business (Hons – First Class) Major – Information Systems Development, Massey University, NZ

2004       Bachelor of Business Studies, Major Information Systems Development. Graduate Diploma in Electronic Business, Massey University, NZ

CAREER SUMMARY

Eastern Institute of Technology
Senior Lecturer                                                      2009-to present
Programme Coordinator Masters of IT and PGDip           2017-present
The MindLabs by Unitec (Postgraduate Facilitator)          2016
Auckland Institute of Studies (Senior Lecturer)              2008-2009
UUNZ Institute of Business/ University of Southern Queensland (Lecturer/Tutor)                                                                                                                   2004-2009
Long Bay College (Community College Tutor)                2007-2009
Massey University (Tutor)                                                  2004-2006
Strobe Net Auckland (Client Representative)                 2003-2004

 

RELEVANT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Senior Lecturer – Diploma of ICT, Bachelor of Computing Studies, Postgraduate Diploma of IT. Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier, NZ (2009 – Present)

Over the last six years, I have developed and taught a range of IT papers on both the undergraduate and postgraduate qualification (from level 5 to level 8). I am constantly striving to develop engaging and dynamic papers and have received consistently positive student feedback (please see personal website for a selection of testimonials from students and staff). The courses I teach focus on current industry perspective, integrating industry projects, industry speakers and case studies. I am confident teaching in a blended mode and adopting innovative pedagogy. My classes integrate a range of educational technologies. Teachings topic include: Project Management, User Interface Design, Multimedia, Systems Analysis and Design, Business Systems, Mobile Application Development and IT Project/Internship Supervision.

Highlights

  • Promoted to Postgraduate Programme Manager and Research Mentor in 2017 for Master of IT and Postgraduate Diploma of IT
  • Currently working with a number of Primary Schools, developing and supporting their introduction and use of mobile technology for learning. This role is varied and includes working alongside primary school students, teachers and staff, internal and external learning facilitators and EIT BCS students working with the schools.
  • Provide leadership within the mobile learning space and established a Community of Practice (CoP) at EIT to explore mobile technology – established links with Computing, Nursing, Cookery, Trades, Hairdressing who are all adopting mobile technology to facilitate their teaching.
  • EIT Internal Committee roles for
    • Chair of the Managing Educational Technology (MET)
    • Committee member of Research Ethics Applications Committee (REAC)
    • Committee member of IT Strategic Steering Group
    • Committee member of the Teaching and Learning Steering Group

Senior Lecturer – Diploma and Graduate Diploma in IT. Auckland Institute of Study (AIS), St Helens, Auckland, NZ (2008-2009)

Taught and developed courses for the Diploma and Graduate Diploma in IT. This role included development and teaching a range of IT papers, including the information Technology Project Management.
I was also in charge of finding and supporting student on their industry projects. Teaching topic includes: Project Management, User Interface Design, Systems Analysis and Design and IT Project supervision.

Highlight

In 2008, I travelled to Tonga, with AIS Academic Director, to undertake the establishment of an educational partnership agreement with Tonga’s Ministry. The agreement included setting up a computer lab and setting the provisions to support the delivery of the Diploma in IT, level 5 Diploma in Tonga, which allowed students to staircase into the appropriate degree programme at AIS in Auckland.

OTHER EXPERIENCE/HIGHLIGHTS

  • Monitor for Masters of Applied Practice, Unitec (2016 – to present)
  • NZQA MRoQ Qualifications Group – Business MRoQ development for Project Management L4 and L5 (2014 – 2015). Selected as an industry expert to work on the redevelopment of the qualifications in Business.
  • External Degree and Postgraduate Course Moderator (2009- ongoing)
    • National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications/Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand (CITRENZ) (comprising of 8 ITPS)
    • Manakau Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • Unitec
    • AIS St Helens
  • Industry trainer for MS Project for ENZA Foods Ltd (2015 – current)

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • My current research explores the role of mobile technology in supporting education in all levels of education – from pre-school to tertiary.
  • In addition, my interests include the following fields: education, mobile technology, eLearning, digital technology design, innovative teaching pedagogy, distance education, Information Systems, UX design, usability and adoption of IT, Information System development, design research.

 

RESEARCH AWARDS

  • Nomination for best paper (MLearn, 2016)
  • Runner up on Best Research Project (ANZMlearn, 2016)
  • Best Poster (DEANZ 2016)
  • Best Research Conference Presentation (MLearn 2015)
  • Highly Commended Research Paper Award (Educational Innovation) (CITRENZ 2015)
  • EIT CEOs Research Excellence Award (2013)
  • Best Research (GeoNet, 2008)

 

MEMBERSHIP ON INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH COMMITTEES

Membership

  • CoPresident, Australian and New Zealand Mobile Learning Group, ANZMlearn
  • Executive Committee Member of Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand, FLANZ (formally DEANZ)
  • Executive Committee Member of NZ Association of Cooperative Education, NZACE
  • Member of International Association for Mobile Learning, AMLearn

 

Conference committee member

  • CITRENZ (2017)
  • FLANZ Conference (2014, 2016)

MEMBERSHIP ON EDITORIAL BOARDS

 

Editor:

  • Journal of Information Technology Education: Research. (2013-on going)
  • Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice. (2013-on going)

Associate Editor:

  • International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) (2016-ongoing)

Member of the Review Board:

Book Chapters:

  • In D. Parsons (Ed). Mobile and Blended Learning innovations for improved Learning Outcomes. IGI Global.
  • In G. Retta (Ed.), Mobile Learning: Pilot Projects and Initiatives. California: Informing Science Press.

Journals:

  • Conferences:
    • NZ Vocational Education and Training Research Forum (2015)
    • Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conferences (2013-2014)
    • CITRENZ conference (2012-2016)
    • ASCILITE, Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (2015-2016)
    • IADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning (2007-2014)
    • DEANZ Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) 2006 Conference. (2008; 2006)
    • ICALT IEEE International conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (2006-2014)
    • ICCE Computers in Education (2006)
    • ACEC2006, The Australian Computers in Education Conference (2006)
    • VIRT2006 Education and Virtuality International Conference (2006)

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Ako Aotearoa National Research Fund (2014-current) – Lead researcher at EIT

  • Funding amount $300,000
  • Learners and mobile devices (#NPF14LMD): A framework for enhanced learning and institutional change.
  • This project is a collaborative network of practice across six tertiary institutions where some 37 practitioners develop case studies of local practice to engage staff using innovative pedagogy and mobile technology
  • The project included setting up communities of practice with members from around the institution, mentoring research and effective learning and teaching pedagogy.

Learning Communities Project (2007-2009) – Researcher

  • A multi-million dollar project examining the use of mobile technology to better support rural and remote communities in Alberta, Canada.
  • My work included travel to Canada for three months to develop the research framework and travel to some of the remote communities within Alberta.

EQuake (2006) – Researcher Support

  • Project was funded by the NZ Ministry of Education, which aimed at building learning communities and help support students interactions.

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS/SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • 2015,EIT PBRF research scholarship, Semester 1 & 2
  • 2014,EIT PBRF research scholarship, Semester 2
  • 2013,EIT PBRF research scholarship, Semester 1
  • 2006-2008 Postgraduate Scholarship, Massey University

 

ACADEMIC STUDENT SUPERVISION

Current supervision of Masters of IT (Applied Research Project)

  • Kim Hagen-Hall – Evaluating the Efficacy of Blended Learning Educational Resources (Primary supervisor)
  • Stephanie Day – Exploring community informatics: An e-readiness case study from the Chatham Islands (Associate supervisor)
  • Lynda Corner (Associate supervisor)
  • Scott Casley (Associate supervisor)

Thesis Examiner for Masters of Information Technology (EIT) and Whitireia

INVITED SPEAKER

 

 PUBLICATIONS

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