Area #05 Specialisation

In 2012, as lecturer in Visual Communication, I was the successful recipient of both:

1. the Centre for Learning And Teaching (CfLAT)’s Learning and Teaching Fellowship, which was a high‐profile position set up to support and develop innovation and emerging leadership in learning and teaching, and provide an opportunity to influence University policy and practice in Mobile Social Media & Pedagogy in this specific case. The priority areas for Learning and Teaching Fellowships in 2012 were:
– Innovations in the use of digital media for learning
– Enhancing the first year student experience
– Increasing student success and retention
– Transforming teaching for new learning spaces
– Developing students’ international and intercultural competencies
– Developing blended (online and face­‐to-­face) communities of practice in emerging collaborative technologies;

2. the CfLAT‘s Learning and Teaching Enabled by Technology (LATENT) grants Centre for Learning And Teaching (CfLAT), Auckland University of Technology–, which was primarily used for equipment and support related to Fellowships and small­‐scale pilot projects focused on innovation in learning and teaching related to key objectives in the University’s strategic plan. The priority areas were:
– Development of digital literacy and fluency in a specific domain; here: Mobile Social Media.
– Assessment methods that promote problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration
– Increased flexibility and access to learning
– Enhanced engagement and satisfaction for students
– Development of new teaching approaches that promote creativity, curiosity and analytical abilities
– Implementation of social media tools to enhance specific learning outcomes
– Innovations that reduce the overall costs of teaching (without compromising quality)
– Administrative processes that increase efficiency and effectiveness of learning and teaching.

In 2013 and 2014, I was the successful recipient of the Learning and Teaching Fellowship. Please check my publications list.

Last March 2016, the Auckland University of Technology Ethics Committee (AUTEC) approved my ethics application for #mobime: implementing a creative curriculum design framework. Please check Area #03 The wider context for more details.

In 2014, I initiated and led the first use of Vine, as professional and educative tool, within the Bachelor of Visual Communication, Year 3, Studio. In terms of Vine experiment: [ HERE ] are some examples from 2014. Besides, I designed a series of talks, in collaboration with Dr Thomas Cochrane, with international lecturers or professionals [ HERE ] and [ THERE ] via Hangouts on Air, a novelty for the students and my colleagues too. An extensive range of specialised examples are compiled as a Youtube Playlist [ HERE ] also.

Since my move to COLAB – School of Creative Technologies in February 2015, my focus is now on implementing more tools to measure the impact of mobile technologies in terms of students performance and learning and teaching’s framework. Some iteration such as integrating two surveys via SurveyMonkey made a difference: I realised that while students might consider themselves “Digital Native”, there are not using much functionality or Apps of their smartphone as learning apparatus. Lastly, my CMALT certification’s application is driven by the interest of sharing my expertise, my skills, my know-how and reflections in various online and mobile practices within a wider community.

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