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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Following an IT career I entered teaching as a mature graduate, becoming ICT coordinator at a secondary school. In 1998 I joined an EAZ as IT subject specialist and e'learning manager. I specialised in the support and development of interactive electronic whiteboards across the curriculum, one of the first major implementations of IWs at that time. The success of the EAZ e'learning program prompted many of our schools to purchase additional boards. In addition I supported many ICT programs including laptops in schools and video cameras. On completion of our (extended) EAZ program I migrated to Western Australia in 2003 and tutored (ICT) adults with intellectual disabilities . The aims were to develop basic IT and life skills, socialisation and preparation for re-entry to the work force. All the time I was learning new methodologies and approaches to ICT development in adult education.
Moving on I became curriculum developer for the WA Fire service (FESA), developing specialised training courses for firefighters, (shortly after moving to WA I became a volunteer firefighter with a local bushfire brigade). I researched adult training methods and started the process of moving our training delivery to a blended model, combining class-room, e'learning, distance learning, mentoring and new ideas for content presentation. Introducing such changes within a Government organisation steeped in tradition was not easy.
I am now the Manager of Emergency Management Training and Development within FESA, and now have the authority to really introduce new ideas. I am currently reviewing and rewriting all of our courses and curriculum, and will be able to push forward with using technology and new methodologies to deliver training throughout the State. It is difficult, even if you live here, to gauge the scale of WA, and we need to deliver training not only to all geographical areas within an area close to the size of Europe, in addition to training local government officers and emergency service providers, we also train in remote indigenous communities. This raises issues of completely new training approaches and physical training materials, I look forward to increasing the use of ICT in all areas of our training and development activities.
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