The Educational Developers will be conducting the training sessions and developing resources to assist you in using the new MyLO.
Ben came to UTAS in 2006 after an extensive career in web design and development and a brief detour into the wine industry. Over the last 3 years he has transitioned from working on web and multimedia projects into an educational development role leading initiatives in virtual worlds, web conferencing and eportfolios. His current focus is working with staff and students using the MyLO ePortfolio tool but he is also looking forward to assisting staff develop their course and unit material using the full range of MyLO tools and features.
Chris(tian) has an extensive history in web development, design, and community management having worked in a freelance capacity since 1996. He spent most of his University study pursuing a teaching career, but gave it up when he was offered the opportunity to live and work in Los Angeles at the height of the dot-com boom as a “web monkey” in the couple of years before and after the millennium. Riding the wave of the dot-com crash back to Australia, he enrolled at UTAS once more and obtained his Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (theatre) degree in 2003. He has since been seen in several productions, written for the stage and screen, and even directed a show or two. He has also found a new role - that of Educational Developer, where he is able to apply his extensive knowledge of web development in a support, mentoring, and teaching capacity - which is kind of ironic when you think about it.
Jo worked in industry training in the UK and program development at Hong Kong Polytechnic before moving to Tasmania as an instructional designer for a wide range of undergraduate courses from Accounting to Agriculture. In 1998 Jo took 4 years out to explore the real meaning of distance by working at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, where she first encountered online learning with WebCT. Back at UTAS, Jo worked as an educational designer and lecturer in the Faculty of Health Science before joining TILT as an educational developer for the MyLO project.
Nell has been teaching students and training teachers for 13 years, both in Australia and overseas. This has predominantly been in the area of English as a Foreign Language. For the last 6 years she has provided guidance and support for colleagues and students in their use of technology to enhance learning here at UTAS, as well as in her substantive teaching role. In her new role as an Educational Developer on the MyLO project, Nell looks forward to meeting you and helping you in your transition to the new MyLO.
Rachael's work has spanned 12 years at UTAS, beginning with the Learning Support Unit, supporting the development of the first student "drop in centre" and associated learning resources. She has spent time embedded in faculties and schools, engaged in marketing and community development, recruitment and student support services. Since 2009 Rachael has developed and delivered training packages and resources to support online learning & teaching within the School of Nursing & Midwifery and TILT, before joining the educational development team for the MyLO project.
Steve spent five years working predominantly as a design and multimedia teacher in secondary schools and tertiary environments. This work was augmented by freelance multimedia design work and primary relief teaching. Since 2007, he has worked in a range of educational development roles at Victoria University and later at the University of Ballarat, before joining the team at UTAS.
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22 January, 2013