Ralph Springett is the Education Technology Manager at Wellington Institute of Technology. Ralph is also a Director at ReGear Learning Ltd, a company providing eLearning resources and strategy advice for vocational training organisations. In the past Ralph represented distance students while studying extramurally at Massey University.
Keryn is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago College of Education, where she is also the Doctoral & Distance Programmes Coordinator. Her research interests include a wide variety of issues related to the use of ICT in education. Her recent projects have focused on open, flexible and distance learning, both in the secondary and tertiary sector.
Kalina is a Trainee Project Manager at Open Polytechnic. She is a life-long learner with interests in economics, employment law and, most recently, in education, and data analysis.
Rachel is the National Coordinator for the Virtual Learning Network Primary School, a collaboration of NZ schools working together to provide improved educational opportunities for students through online learning. Her expertise is in facilitation and teacher professional development, online learning communities, pedagogy and curriculum development for online teaching and learning. Rachel is passionate about equity and access in education and believes virtual learning can be a great enabler for all students.
Kathryn is a senior lecturer at the School of Computing at Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand. She has a PhD in Information Technology from Massey University (NZ) focusing on mobile learning adoption and has wide experience in both academia and industry. She is an editor for Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice and Journal of Information Technology Education: Research. And she has authored many book chapters, journals and conferences mainly in the area of mobile learning and educational technology. She has also been a lead researcher for a National Project funded by Ako Aotearoa involving six tertiary institutions addressing learners and their use of mobile technology.
Derek is currently director of eLearning at CORE Education, a not-for-profit education services provider based in Christchurch. Derek is regarded as one of NZ education’s foremost Future Focused thinkers, and has been involved in a wide range of innovative distance education projects and initiatives in NZ and internationally. He is a regular speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally, and maintains a blog on matters relating to e-learning and other aspects of interest to educators.
Maggie Hartnett is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University where she teaches in the areas of e-learning and digital technologies. She is programme coordinator for the postgraduate e-learning programmes and is associate editor of the New Zealand based Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning. Her research interests include motivation and engagement in digital environments, teaching and learning with digital technologies, learner support, and digital spaces and places for learning.
Belinda is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open Polytechnic of NZ, where she has been teaching online and distance students for the last decade. Belinda’s current research is investigating the impact of systems and policies on teacher practice and professional development. Other areas of interest include teacher professional development, course design, and evaluation.
Dianne is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at the University of Waikato. She teaches online at undergraduate to doctoral levels, and in a blended (mixed media) bachelor of teaching degree. Dianne is an advocate for online and blended learning, and researches innovative pedagogies.
Rick is an experienced educational leader and classroom teacher. He has a decade of experience as a Principal in NZ primary schools and joined the CORE Education team in 2013 as a Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator. He has a lead role in the eLearning Planning Framework and the Virtual Professional Learning and Development programme. In addition to his work with CORE he is studying towards a Masters at Waikato University and continues to support the Virtual Learning Network Primary School.
Darren is Executive Leader (Learning) for NetNZ, with oversight of learning, teaching and communications. He has extensive experience in the application of technology and the internet in education including roles as Director of eLearning at Marlborough Girls’ College, ePrincipal of Cantatech (2008) and CantaNet (2011), and project leader of the Southern Central Divide Regional ICTPD Cluster. He has a passion for future focused education and in particular ‘connected’ approaches to learning that embrace use of the internet innovate. He is also a founding member of Knowledge Building New Zealand, an association dedicated to the promotion of knowledge building and connected approaches to learning, and has facilitated a number of workshops on the topic. He also has a firm interest in educational leadership, and completed post graduate studies in 2010. His background is in the Social Sciences, and he teaches Crafting History, a fully online project based course using Minecraft to re-imagine historical contexts.
Sarah is the Director, Distance Learning at the University of Otago.
Sarah’s past work experience has been as a primary school teacher, a curriculum advisor working with teachers in both primary and secondary schools, and, most recently, as an academic staff developer in universities in Australia and New Zealand. Sarah publishes, researches and supervises research student projects in the areas of teaching, learning, curriculum and evaluation in higher education settings, with a specific focus on distance education, student evaluations, teacher professional development and technology and science education.
erry brings a wide range of experience in vocational flexible learning in New Zealand. She has managed national innovation projects, held various management roles in institutes of technology and industry training organisations, and consulted nationally and internationally in flexible learning. She is presently based in China where she is working with another kiwi and his Chinese wife to set up an educational services company promoting and supporting New Zealand institutions in China.