Sally Pairman

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Contact-new.svg Sally Pairman
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Website:Profesional bio
Employer:Otago Polytechnic
Occupation:Head of the Schools of Midwifery and of Social Services
Other roles:Director Teaching and Learning, Otago Polytechnic
Country:New Zealand
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This user was certified a Wiki Apprentice Level 1 by Mackiwg .

My profile

Currently Director of Learning and Teaching at Otago Polytechnic, a new role in 2012. Previously I was the Group Manager of the Health and Community Group at Otago Polytechnic with responsibility for the Schools of Foundation Learning, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Services. I remain the Head of the School of Midwifery, a role I share with my colleague Sally Baddock.

I am a wiki novice but keen to learn!

My work

I have been a midwife for more than 25 years and have gained extensive experience in practice, midwifery education and midwifery regulation. I began work at Otago Polytechnic as an educator in 1985 and since that time have been involved in developing and implementing a number of midwifery curricula (from undergraduate to postgraduate), a foundation programme and a social services degree. As my understanding of curriculum design has improved I have become interested in how to design learning that utlises a blend of different modalities, from face to face to online.

A recent project

In 2006 the Otago Polytechnic School of Midwifery, in collaboration with our midwifery colleagues at CPIT, designed a new Bachelor of Midwifery programme. This programme is a four year degree delivered over three extended calendar years.

We use a satellite/distance model to increase access to women outside of Dunedin and Christchurch. Students are enrolled into satellites offered in Invercargill, Central Otago, Dunedin, Timaru, West Coast, Christchurch and Nelson. In 2010 we commenced delivery to the lower North Island and established satellite groups in Whanganui, Palmerston North and Wellington. Otago Polytechnic manages the satellites in the lower NI and lower SI while CPIT manages those in Nelson, the West Coast and Canterbury.

Each satellite group of students is linked with a locally-based staff member, or Student Practice Facilitator (SPF).  The SPFs have a central role in the programme. In addition to pastoral care they provide face to face support, teach 'hands on' skills, arrange local midwifery practice experiences, liase with midwives, help students to reflect on practice, run online tutorals and provide face to face teaching in the intensive block weeks.

Otago Polytechnic and CPIT jointly own the single programme document and the single set of online learning resources that were jointly developed. Online resources are hosted on the institutional Moodle sites. Delivery of the programme is through a blend of:

  • online learning resources
  • online synchronous tutorials (Adobe Connect)
  • weekly face to face tutorials between each satellite group of students and their allocated SPF
  • regular week-long intensive block courses held in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington, and
  • individual midwifery practice placements in local areas.

It was this experience that has sparked my interest in distance learning, online resource development and OER. .

My Family

I am married to Michael Lucas and we have two sons, Oscar aged 20 and Felix aged 16.

My hobbies

I'm a bit of a couch potato although do enjoy mountain biking and going to the gym sporadically . Unfortunately a prolapsed disc and possible torn rotator cuff have put paid to these activites for the time being. Its going to have to be pilates after all! My most favourite things to do are non energetic - reading a good book, movies, shopping, spending time with friends and family. Oh, and a recent interest in gardening that is also on hold till I fix my body!

My wiki projects

My optional community service (learning contract) project

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By signing this optional learning contract I will try to complete my training in basic wiki editing skills to achieve the status of a Wikibuddy. In return for this free training opportunity, I will give the gift of knowledge by donating or developing at least one free content resource licensed under a CC-BY-SA or CC-BY license which can be used by myself (and others) on WikiEducator.
Brief description of project
Developing a learning and teaching strategy for Otago Polytechnic
Target date for completion
 --Sallypairman 22:37, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Feedback and notes from my WikiNeighbours

  • Hi Sally , Congrats on your progress.You have got a vivid variety of hobbies on list .I too love gardening .I'm an educator from India .Looking forward to coolaborate on this wonderful platform. --Balqis Thaahaveettil 22:20, 24 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi ! I am a researcher from India. Wikieducatorr is a great source for collaborative learning. --Ravi limaye 18:24, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi, I read you are working on a Book, that is great. I am working on a resource on Poblem based Learning Problem Based Learning. I would be happy if you can give some suggestions. --Ravi limaye 18:28, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Hi Sally Nice to find out a little more about you. It looks like you got stuck on the images too. Perhaps we can work together to figure it out. Jane

Hi jane and wayne

I am completely stuck on photos. When I click on insert/edit on my sandbox page, eveything moves to background and nothing appears in the dialog box. What can I do?--Sally Pairman 04:09, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

My Sandbox

My sandbox

My booklist

(Comment.gif: Hi Sally - Excellent progress. All you need to do for your next certification is to practice uploading images with a caption and manipulate size and placement on your sandbox. Well done! --Wayne Mackintosh 21:57, 21 February 2012 (UTC))