My career in education began humbly as a casual English tutor in Japan, which is where I gained an interest in education. After finishing a Bachelor in Arts (Languages) I moved overseas and obtained a CELTA qualification for teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) and taught English in Brazil and Argentina, where my passion for teaching increased.
Upon my return to Australia I gained a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) through an Australian university. The course was fully online and my experience as a student of online learning really piqued my interest. I began to explore how I could enter the field of online education as I believed it would become an increasingly important format for the delivery of educational programs.
I obtained employment as an Assistant Educational Developer at a regional University, which delivered a lot of its courses either fully online or in a blended format using the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS). My role was to advise and assist teaching staff how to use the tools available within the LMS and use them to enhance their teaching processes and student learning outcomes. From there, I moved to a role as an Educational Designer at a medium sized regional Registered Training Organisation (RTO), working on the Learning Design of blended and fully online nationally recognised training courses as well as designing and creating learning objects for the LMS by using LMS tools and a variety of elearning software. This role also included educating trainers on the LMS and its effective use for teaching. It also required a lot of understanding of policy and regulatory requirements, as Australia’s VET Education Framework is highly regulated and audited and a part of my role was to ensure that the training and assessment materials were compliant.
I currently work as a Learning Content Designer at a college owned by a large Australian university in a centralised eLearning team.The college delivers Foundation Year, Bachelor of International Business, Diploma and English Language programs. The eLearning team services the whole college (teaching and general staff). We conduct Learning Design Workshops according to Gilly Salmon’s Carpe Diem and 5 Stage Model, focusing on learning design for blended learning. I also regularly deliver PD sessions aimed at teachers to develop their skills and knowledge around the use of learning technology, assist in the use of the LMS and its tools and also support the creation of technology enhanced materials for blended courses. In 2017, we won the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award and also the Blackboard Catalyst Professional Development award, which was really exciting.