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Malo e lelei, and Welcome!

(Comment.gif: Dear Vili, Congratulations for being the winner of WikiEducator UPE for July 2011. All the best. --R C Sharma, PhD 17:42, 27 July 2011 (UTC))

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Contact-new.svg Vilimaka Foliaki
Employer:The University of the South Pacific
Occupation:Teacher education lecturer
Other roles:Online learning facilitator
Languages:Tongan, English, Gilbertese, a bit of Fijian and Hindi
Country:Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji
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My profile

You can call me Vili. I am from Tonga, and I am currently living with my family in Suva, Fiji. I am male, and I always feel uncomfortable telling others about my age. I am currently an educator, but I have done many odd jobs such as washing dishes in a restaurant, delivering pizza, shopkeeping, washing laundary, delivering newspapers, selling flags, cutting copra, and well as working as a cargo ship deckhand.  

My family consists of my wife Katarina, our daughter Lynette, 2 dogs Lassie and Buddy, and our cat, Pus. My wife is from Kiribati and is also an educator. Before we moved to Fiji from Tonga, she was an Education Officer with Tonga's Ministry of Education. She is currently working for the University of the South Pacific as an Education Technologist. My daugther Lynette, is a 4th year Law student.

Just a glimpse of where I come from. I grew up in a villiage in Tongatapu (Tonga's main island) called Vaini (also known as Hufangalupe) which is about 9 miles from Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa. Tonga has 5 main groups of islands, and I've visited only 2 of them: Vava'u, which is a beautiful rugged island to the north of the main island, is where tourists swim with whales, and Ha'apai which a chain of volcanic islands that make up central Tonga. My first trip to a country outside Tonga was to Fiji in 1986.

Here in Fiji, I live with my family in a Suva surburb called Nasese which is only 3-5 minutes drive to central Suva.  Nasese is just along the Suva seawall and facing the beautiful Beqa Island, the island of the firewalkers.

I am providing some recent photos from both Tonga and Fiji.

Ms Ta'ai, a proud Tongan smile
Young girls from Vaini, Tonga
Young Tongan girl with mom
Young Tongan woman
Grace from NZ - getting used to the garlands
A funeral procession in Tonga
Tongan community cemetary
Hufangalupe gateway for the homing doves and pigeons
The cliffs of Hufangalupe, Vaini, Tonga
Hufangalupe Online community reunion 2010
Members of the NZ band 3 Houses Down
The friendly people of Tonga
Tongan women in dancing costume
People at Suva municipal market, Suva, Fiji
Central Suva, Fiji: The infamous Ifi tree (Tahitian chestnut)
Tropical flowers of Fiji
Flowers of Fiji
Suva city street
Suva city bus and taxis
Papayas on sale: Suva municipal market

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Professional background

I have been a teacher for almost 20 years. I started teaching in 1991 at Tonga College (also know as 'Atele), an all-boys government-owned secondary school in Tonga, where I taught General Science, and Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate (PSSC) Biology and Chemistry. In 1995, I was transeferred to the Tonga National Form 7 where I taught New Zealand Bursary Biology and Chemisrty. While at these two institutions, I was also involved in both national (Tonga) and regional (Pacific Islands) assessment activties such as the setting and moderation of examinations. In addition, I was also involved in writing science curriculum materials for Tongan secondary schools.

I am currently working at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, as a teacher educator. Below are some photos of my students.

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Microteach Geeta Reddy explains to colleagues.jpg
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Microteach Nalini Nand unnerving the nerves.jpg
Microteach Rajnesh Mudaliar's Electric moment.jpg
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Microteach Sachin2.jpg
Microteach Shom2.jpg

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Received both my primary and secondary education in Tonga. I have a BSc degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and a Graduate Diploma and MSc in Science Education both from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. I am now dreaming of doing doctoral studies preferably in science learning design using multimedia.

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My interests

My sunflower
My hibiscus flower
My backyard vegetable garden
My rose bush
French beans


  1. Teaching science using models.
  2. Reflective and critical pedagogies.
  3. The use of multimedia in online learning environments.
  4. Online learning.
  5. Intercultural research.


  1. Talking with my family: I love chatting with my wife and daughter.
  2. Gardening: I plant fresh vegetables for my family and help maintain our family flower garden.
  3. Feeding my dogs.
  4. Online social networking - meeting friends and family online. Most of the photos on this page are from my online network hosted by This network is special for us, the people of Ma'afu of Tonga. We meet online with friends and relatives from the United Kingdom, USA, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti and plan communty projects for our people back in Tonga. So far, we've been very successful: we've provided furnitures (desks, chairs, writng materials) and equipment (lawn mowers, photocopy machines, etc) to our village primary school. The water supply and bathrooms for staff and students of the primary schools were upgraded by our members from LA, USA. Members from Chicago provided sports gear and equipment. Our members from Utah donated new computers to the village's Methodist secondary school.
  5. Watching rugby - union of course!
  6. I also like collecting photographs that show the effects of climate change.
  7. Travelling - anywhere, but my favourite destinations are the Pacific Islands.

Cyclone Tomas 2010, Suva Fiji
Seawall at Pangai Ha'apai Tonga
Effects of sea-level rise and coastal erosion at Pangai, Ha'apai Tonga
Effects of sea-level rise and coastal erosion at Pangai, Ha'apai Tonga
Effects of sea-level rise and coastal erosion at Pangai, Ha'apai Tonga
Coastal erosion at Pangai, Ha'apai Tonga
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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

Projects in mind:

  1. TRAM: a teaching strategy that chemistry teachers can use to improve students understanding of electron configurations. 
  2. 3D Periodic trends: a teaching strategy that chemistry teachers can use to improve students understanding of the trends in the Periodic table.
  3. Climate change curriclum framework.
  4. Teaching Science in the Primary School classroom
  5. Teaching Science in the Secondary School classroom
Target date for completion
  1. Project 1: End of July 2010
  2. Project 2: Mid August 2010
  3. Project 3: End of August 2010
  4. Project 4: End of August 2010
  5. Project 5: End of September 2010
  6. Project 6: End of October 2010
--Vilimaka Foliaki 12:09, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
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My Sandbox

Where I practise new wiki skills

Been a busybee lately! My sandbox has the following Flickr image - Honeybee on Veronica

Honey bee on Veronica from Flikr

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My most helpful WikiBuddies

Ramesh Sharma | Jenny Parker | Alison Snieckus
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How much do you know about me?

(Comment.gif: Dear Vili, the Quiz is working fine now. Cheers!! --R C Sharma, PhD 16:58, 1 August 2010 (UTC))

  • (Comment.gif: Hi Ramesh. The quiz is is now stable. Thank you for fixing it.--Vilimaka Foliaki 18:28, 2 August 2010 (UTC))

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Feedback and notes from my WikiNeighbours

Congratulations, Vili, on being awarded the UPE award for July 2011! Your page is very impressive and interesting. Lot to learn from you. Keep up the wonderful work and enjoy doing what you are doing. Regards, -- Kalpana--Kalpana Gupte 17:53, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Dear Vili, Can you share with us your experiences on what was most beneficial to you on learning wiki skills? --R C Sharma, PhD 14:12, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Vili, Good Day, regarding your Q on signature, if you are inserting your signature using the editor (as above to this edit box, it will appear non-linking. But you can of course make it linked by having it in your userpage link format. like this my sig in this reply and the one below to this. --Ramesh 16:53 1 August 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Dear Cynthia, very well said. Keep telling about culture of our great country!. --R C Sharma, PhD 16:50, 1 August 2010 (UTC))
(Comment.gif: Great page Vili. Helped me revive my concepts of Chemistry. By the way, the place you come from Tongatapu.... main island of Tonga, Did you know that the Indian word for island is also tapu? You said you cleaned copra... is that dry coconut? Because that's what we call dry coconut in Hindi (India's national language)... It's a small world!... Cheers. Cynthia....--Agnes 11:52, 1 August 2010 (UTC))

  • (Comment.gif: Hi Cynthia, thanks for dropping by and for your comments. In most of Polynesia, the word "Tapu" or "Tabu" means "sacred" or "prohibited" or "forbidden" or "spritually significant", and many believe that the English word "taboo" is derived from it, the same way as the Polynesia word "Tatau" (for body art) has been adopted as the English word "Tatoo". The Polynesian word for "island" is "motu". For example, "motutapu" means "sacred island". Tonga means "South" in Polynesian; Tokelau means "North" - two words that probably very important to our early ancestors on their journey from somewhere(-:. Some people say South America; others say South East Asia.--Vilimaka Foliaki 18:44, 2 August 2010 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Hi Vili, The wild flowers haven't quite started yet. Begin this month but September is the height of the season. Yes it is a small world. I emailed Dorit yesterday & sent your regards. Cheers ) --jennip 01:25, 31 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Vili, Greetings, Your page is looking wonderful already. Keep up the good work. Warm Wishes. --Ramesh Sharma 19:47 30 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Vili, to solve the problem of signature, when you are in edit mode, you can use the button for "Your signature with timestamp" which will automatically put your signatures in your contract. Be sure that you are logged in before doing that (of course, without logged in, you cannot enter edit mode. So try this way and tell me. --Ramesh Sharma 29 July 2010)

  • Hi Ramesh, thanks a lot again for fixing my signature for me. I was a bit downhearted because it appeared to work in other pages and not in my userpage. )-: But it's beautiful and working perfectly now. Vinaka and Malo 'aupito (Thank you in Fijian (Vinaka) and Tongan (Malo 'aupito).--Vilimaka Foliaki 21:36, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hi Vili, Yes I do know Dorit Maor - She was my lecturer in a winter school unit I just finished 2 weeks ago :) She is now teaching at Murdocuh Uni. She has also agreed to be my co-supervisor for my Master of Ed project. What a small world. I expect to be talking to her today or tomorrow I will give her your regards. Cheers ) --jennip 02:19, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

  • Dear Vili, You are most welcome! Please email me or leave a note on my page if you need more assistance. Regards.--Ramesh Sharma 13:42 26 July 2010 (UTC)
      • Hi Ramesh, I kind of cheated with my signature! the link wasn't active when I used the insert signature. So I hyperlinked the signature. Note: even may signature to this comment is not linked--Vilimaka Foliaki 23:30, 26 July 2010 (UTC)--VFoliaki 23:25, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear vili, Great progress! You are definitely on your way of becoming a WikiMaster --Ramesh Sharma 20:42 23 July 2010 (UTC))

(Comment.gif: Welcome Vili. I am one of the co-facilitators for Group D. Wow you have been very busy! I see you have a degree from Curtin University, Western Australia. I live in Perth and teach at Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University. Our daughter studied graphic design at Curtin Uni. You are also welcome to contact me if you require assistance. Cheers ) --jennip 03:30, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hello Vili, I welcome you to this eL4C41 Online workshop. I am your facilitator and I see that you have developed a wonderful page already. Enjoy this workshop and donot hesitate to ask for help. You can either email me or leave a message on my page. Warm Wishes.--Ramesh Sharma 18:33, 21 July 2010 (UTC))

  • Hi Vili, Welcome to WikiEducator. Nice work on the two projects that you have started--quite visually appealing. I took the liberty to add some boilerplate format to your userpage, integrating the content that you had already added to the page. Hope this is helpful. Feel free to change in whatever ways you would like. And don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. By the way, I've just started using moodle in my teaching; I taught a hybrid statistics course last year.
Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 23:22, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hi Vili, Greetings from India! Thanks for visiting my page and leaving all those lovely compliments. Your page is very educative as well. It will my pleasure to assist you with webquests. Hope you have seen Dr Nellie Deutsch's All the best.....Cynthia --Agnes 00:25, 31 July 2010 (UTC))

  • Hi, Thanks for your comment, hope to communicate further through wiki. --Shijna 14:59, 31 July 2010 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hi Vili, Your page looks really great. Congratulations. Best regards --[[User:rgsbabu1|Suresh Babu]] 04:19, 2 August 2010 (UTC) )

  • Dear Vili, Welcome to WikiEducator again. Love you page! Great work. Keep going. Did you know that you can win the user page expo award. It is given for best user page on a monthly basis. See here: User Page Excellence Award. You are now that you are part of our Wiki family, know that you have joined over 15,500 educators around the world. You have now access to a lot of shared knowledge which you can use towards building your projects in open education. Good to have you with us. Feel free to ask questions where you need to. We are here to help you. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 02:19, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

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Facilitators - eL4C42

  • The WikiEducator "Inspiring to become an Agent of Change" Online Workshop Learning4Content wiki skills workshop - 25 August to 8 September, 2010.
The facilitators: