Hi! My name is Boe Lahui. Currently, I am a Course Writer in Education and coordinate the Professional Studies in Education courses with the University of Papua New Guinea Open College and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. My particular area of expertise is in Educational Administration, particularly in school leadership or the principalship. I previously taught as a Lecturer in Educational Administration at the University of Goroka. From 2002 to 2006, I was the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Papua New Guinea before my secondment to the UPNG Open College in the beginning of 2007.
The Community I come from
I come from Hanuabada village which is an urban village located within the National Capital District. It only takes one about 5-10 minutes drive from the city centre of Port Moresby to my village. Hanuabada village is known as the biggest village in Papua New Guinea. What is unique about my village despite the rapid modern developments that have taken place in Port Moresby is that most of our houses are still built on slits over the sea.
The Place where I work
The University of Papua New Guinea is the oldest university in Papua New Guinea. It houses five schools, namely, the School of Law, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Natural and Physical Sciences and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Now let me tell you something about my current job as a Course Writer in Education. As a course writer I am tasked to revise and rewrite by updating content of previously written course materials in Education written by previous course writers in the 1980s! So far, I have completed the re-writing of two courses: Studies in Teaching and Assessment and Evaluation. Currently, I am rewriting the following courses: Aspects of Classroom Learning, Curriculum Development and Foundation Studies in Education.
Other immediate projects and initiatives that I am tasked to work on as well are the writing of Professional Development Training manuals: Tutoring of Distance and Open Learning Courses and Workplace Training and Assessment. Other long term projects include the designing and writing of the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching program which will be offered to academic staff of the University of Papua New Guinea who do not have a teaching qualification, and a Diploma in Educational Administration program which will be offered to practising Head teachers in primary and secondary schools who do not have qualifications in Educational Administration.
Impact of this new technology
I am very optimistic that WikiEducator will have a big impact on teaching and learning in any educational institution. It will encourage and develop collegiality through collaborative teaching and learning within educational institutions. I strongly feel that I have learnt skills and knowledge that will help me immensely in my job as a course writer. I am willing to help those educators who do not have the opportunity to attend such a workshop. I will share this information in future workshops I will conduct as part of my current job. I will introduce WikiEducator to those I interact with through my social networking!