Hi, As this my first time completing a blog post, I am already learning something new!
Something about me: I have a passion for travelling and new cultures. I enjoy meeting new people and finding out about them and where they live and what they do in their day and lives. I guess this plays into my profession as an OT- finding out about others, their roles, structure in their day and differences in societies.
I have taken on the role as a lecturer for the School of Occupational Therapy (based in Hamilton) for Otago Polytechnic- utilising my occupational therapy practice experience and skills to facilitate others learning in a tertiary environment. I have a lot to learn about being an educator and still define myself as an OT first.
As we work in a blended learning environment, I 'think' we are flexible in how we offer our programme, but is it/ are we/ am I? We ensure that students complete the VARK assessment at the beginning of the course for learning styles. This then is an indicator of how to present material to students and structure a tutorial/ whole class session. I know flexible learning is more than this though- just can't list everything flexible we do! Technology has played a big role in being able to run the program across 2 sites (Dunedin and Hamilton).
My goals for the course vary and some revolve around a general increase in knowledge from an educational perspective. Some more specific goals are: Define what is flexible learning within different learning environments and use what I learn to ensure that what I am presenting and facilitating is flexible. I am interested in looking into strategies for flexible learning that will benefit students. My question as I am moving through the course: Am I planning my sessions to meet the majority of students learning in a 'flexible' nature? I am interested in the culture and being flexible within this.
One day I hope to feel like I have all the skills and knowledge to identify as an educator first! I plan to build on this introduction through blogs and look forward to activity 2 with Annette here in Hamilton.