Designing, constructing and facilitating M503.7 Reflection on Practice

This course is a post graduate online course for registered midwives running from 29th September - 16th November 2008. The curriculum had already been developed, so my role was to construct the course and teach it to eight students.

Links to recordings of Elluminate sessions that students are happy to be open to all.

20th October: Sally Pairman. New Zealand Midwifery Recertification Program.

27th October: Professional portfolios - issues of developing and maintaining an ePortfolio.

Free open access professional development online seminars for midwives and health professionals 2008

This project involves the development of a program of free open access online seminars primarily for midwives, but may also be of interest to other health professionals. I have initiated and had sole charge of this project. I developed it in an attempt to provide learning opportunities for midwives in the Australasian region, especially those who cannot easily get to face-to-face meetings. It is also an attempt to support midwifery colleagues in developing countries who have restricted access to professional development opportunities.

Here is the link to the recordings of all the meetings.


Blogging Workshop August 2008

I developed the initial plan for the workshops with Leigh Blackall. Our initial plan was to run five workshops and include advanced blogging tools and concepts. But the outcome was three workshops, dealing with beginning tools and concepts. - see my reflections in Workshop Three.
The workshops were facilitated with Lyn Blair.
Workshop One
Workshop Two
Utilizing SurveyMonkey to gather feedback from participants.
Workshop Three

Digital Information Literacy (DIL) research project

May - August 2008 I have volunteered to be a participant in the DIL research project. This collaborative project is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Education and aims to support participants as they explore their digital information literacy needs.


What I want to achieve in this project
Learning about Animoto
More about my aims for the project
Using video to connect with people
Making an Animoto video to go into this ePortfolio
Presenting my blog to the DIL group
My first screencast using Camstudio
Working out how to compress my screencast
Trying to decide where is best to post my video - YouTube or Google Video
Posting my screencast on YouTube
My first movie using Windows Movie Maker
DIL: Editing my video
DIL: getting distracted
Reflecting on my learning thus far: DIL: Taking Stock
DIL: Making a video using interviews of people
Planning how I will make a video of midwives talking about their professional portfolios: DIL: I have a plan, Stan

Who is the midwife who inspires you?

29/4/08 This small project came about as a result of a blog post which was my reflection on the midwives who have inspired me over the years. The post was to mark International Midwives' Day May 5th 2008. I wrote the post purely for myself - It had been in my head for many years so it gave me a real sense of completion to document my thoughts and feelings. Ignoring all the rules for blogging eg making it far too long and rambling, I didn't think it would get many readers. So I am thrilled to be asked by Elizabeth Duff to collect names and stories and make into a summary which will be published by the International Congress of Midwives in the ICM journal.

31 Day Comment Challenge

This project has been devised by Sue Waters and Kim Cofino as a means to encourage bloggers to think about their online behavior, particularly in relation to writing blog posts and commenting on other people's blogs.
Day 1 - Do a commenting self-audit
Day 2 - Comment on a blog you have never commented on before
Day 3 - Sign up for a comment tracking service
Day 4 - Ask a question in a blog comment
Day 5 - Comment on a blog post you don't agree with
Day 6 - Engage another commenter in discussion
Day 7 - Reflect on what you've learned so far
Day 8 - Comment on a blog outside of your niche
Day 9 - Should we be commenting on blogs?
Day 10 - Do a comment audit of your blog
Day 11 - Writing a comment policy
Day 12 - Make Sure Your Blog Technology is "Comment Friendly"
Day 13 - Write a post based on the comments that have been left on your blog
Day 14 - Here's a question for you?
Day 15 - and the award goes to...
Day 17 - Commenting on Five blogs in Five minutes
Day 18 - Analyzing the Comments on my Blog
Day 19 - Responding to a Commenter On my Blog
Day 20 - Following Links
Day 21 - Making a Recommendation
Day 22 - Highlighting a Favorite Comment
Day 23 - What Makes a Great Comment?
Day 24 - Commenting on a Blog Written in a Foreign Language
Day 26 - Exploring Seesmic to make video comment
Day 27 - Using Comments to Communicate Your Personal Brand
Day 28 - Developing a Blog Commenting Strategy?
Day 29 - Writing a Commenting Guide for newbies
Day 30 - How Can I Use What I've Learned About Commenting to Change my Teaching?
Day 31 - My top 5 lessons

International Day of the Midwife 2008

I have joined with Mavis Schorn who is Associate Professor at the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA to celebrate IDM. We are joining our two classes of senior midwifery students to discuss midwifery in our respective countries and encourage online networking between our students.


Open access midwifery education

28/4/08 It has been decided by Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery not to proceed with this project at this time. Hopefully, this is something will be re-visited in the future because I really believe there is a need to be more open with education and professional development, especially as we support our colleagues in developing countries.

24/3/08 Here is the paper I wrote that proposes the development of open access midwifery education courses at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.


31 Day Blog Challenge

This project was originally devised by professional blogger, Darren Rouse. It sets tasks over a period of a month that aims to help bloggers improve their blogs. I completed the challenge at the end of March 2008. Here are some of the blog posts generated during this project.

Day 1 - Email a New Reader
Day 2 - Run a ‘First Time Reader Audit’ on your Blog
Day 3 - Search for and Join a Forum
Day 4 - Interlink Archived Posts
Day 5 - Conduct an ‘About Page Audit’
Day 6 - Email an Old Timer Reader
Day 7 - Plan Your Next Week’s Posting Schedule
Day 8 - Comment on a Blog You’ve Never Commented On Before
Day 10 - Declutter Your Sidebar
Day 11 -Dig into Your Blog’s Statistics
Day 12 - Introduce Yourself to another Blogger
Day 14 - Analyze Your Blog’s Competition
Day 15 - Make Your Most Popular Posts Sticky
Day 16 - Create a Heatmap of Where Readers Click on Your Blog
Day 18 - Create a Sneeze Page and Propel Readers Deep Within Your Blog
Day 19 - Respond to Comments on Your Blog
Day 20 - Run a Reader Survey
Day 21 - Make a Reader Famous
Day 22 - Catch New Readers Up on the Basics of your Blog
Day 23 - Go on a Dead Link Hunt
Day 24 - Do a Search Engine Optimization Audit
Day 25 - Go Shopping and Improve Your blog
Day 26 - Link Up to a Competitor
Day 28 - What is Your Blog’s Mission Statement
Day 29 - Email a Blogger that Linked to You to Say Thanks
Day 30 - Explore a Social Media Site
Day 31 - Run a SWOT Analysis on Your Blog

Facilitating online communities

This is a course I completed in February 2008. It was an open online course delivered by Otago Polytechnic. The course consisted of four assessments. The course introduced me to blogging, Web 2.0 and social networking for personal development and life-long learning. The learning from this course has revolutionized my personal development as well as my teaching practice.

Assignment 1 - Reflecting on my learning
Assignment 2 - Developing and contributing to a wiki
Assignment 3 - Planning an online discussion midwives using web conference software Elluminate
Assignment 4 - Reflecting on the two online midwifery meetings