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Contact-new.svg Kirsty Sharp
Employer:Tasmanian Polytechnic
Occupation:Resource Development Manager
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This year I'm working on a project that is looking at wikis as learning materials design and development platform, and also the implications for sharing and adaptability. Doesn't sound very revolutionary in this setting, but it is different to a lot of the current practice in my institution.


My name is Kirsty Sharp and [blog] helps me capture the exciting, inspiring, interesting and useful things I think about, trip over or discover relating to my role at the Tasmanian Polytechnic and elearning in general. The things I say there do not reflect the organisation’s thoughts, only my own.

I currently lead the Resource Development team at the Tasmanian Polytechnic, and have responsibility for supporting implementation of learning resources and elearning to meet client needs. I have worked with elearning since 1995 in a range of roles. My experience in flexible learning is based in workforce development and this focus has been critical in developing contextualised solutions for our clients. In 2004 I was recognised as an Australian Flexible Learning Leader ([for that year]), and continue to provide leadership in this field.

In 2008, the Elearning Innovations projects won by TAFE Tasmania (where I worked before the restructure) kept me out of trouble (or is that, got me into it?!)

The 2009 projects are [[[[|listed also - and include 6 from our organisation.

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Notes and Feedback from my Wiki Neighbours

  • I have put a few tips and suggestions on my user page, at the bottom. Please click on my signature here, and take a look. They are intended to supplement the tutorials and discussions. If you have any questions or need any help, I am ready to be of as much assistance as I can. Cheers. --Phil Bartle 07:15, 2 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Hi Kirsty -- welcome aboard -- let us know how we can help :-) I'm very keen to foster collaboration of the design of learning materials across different polys. Perhaps we can find ways of collaborating across the ditch as well :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 05:28, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Thanks for the encouragement - the project I had in mind will now be going on Wikispaces because of the teachers' desire for more control of look and feel, so the plan is now to move a resource about using Mahara (eportfolio) in the teaching and learning process.
You do know that Mahara is a kiwi development and WikiEducator as a national MOE funded project for building a national OER collaboration for the school sector ;-). We're also working with the local Ministry of Education here in NZ to improve usability through rich text editing. Wikispaces is proprietary -- you need to check their protocols and commitments to the integrity of your data -- in other words, will they ensure that a free copy of all your data will always be available. That said -- I can see why teachers would want to control look and feel. Enjoy wiki spaces -- hopefully you'll be back some time in the future :-) --Wayne Mackintosh 05:50, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
Yes, after the success of introducing eXe across our organisation, the kiwi products get instant positive reaction from us :-) Now that the hairdressing team's project is diverted elsewhere I've found a project (Mahara ePortfolio) I can build in WikiEducator as it is my preference from a philosophical perspective. The overall wiki project is under the e-standards group so the technical side of export/import/proprietary formats etc is what we are exploring. [summary] --kirstys 08:03, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
Do keep in touch - -there is keen interest and activity around Mahara in NZ and we're planning to build some of eXe's capability into the wiki. I have a fond spot for eXe having been the founding project lead of the development project ;-) --Wayne Mackintosh 22:52, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

I'm keen to develop the links further as well. This year we are running some pilot groups, and so using WE means those teachers and their support crew are exposed to WE. All part of the long term plan... --kirstys 01:26, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Sure any time -- we will continue to provide free training in using Mediawiki software for any educator around the world. Our motto is: Just try it, our community will support you!