Tēnā koutou katoa,
my name is Gina Huakau and currently I coordinate a paper for the School of Occupational Therapy called ‘Social Anthropology for Occupational Therapists’ (SAOT). The paper is a first year paper, and is part of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (OT) Degree programme. I am one of three staff in the School who are not Occupational Therapists (OTs) but instead we offer a specific set of skills/expertise that support the OT undergraduate programme. (My background is in Anthropology, Education, Research and Community Development).
Last year, due to the redevelopment of the OT Bachelor Programme it was announced that SAOT will merge with another first year paper, ‘Concepts in Health’ (CIH) in 2013. I think Flexible Learning will help myself (and possibly the other course coordinator) keep our focus on students' learning and present options we may not have thought of as we begin the journey of developing a new approach to these subject areas. Our group of students are also located in different areas, the WINTEC campus in Hamilton, and in Otago so there is a logistical (and at times tecnological) challenge of having to teach one class but across two campuses.
(See: Bron Marshall for link to image and recipie- yum yum)
One of the biggest challenges has been to (positively!) make the best of what we've got (hence the image above). Like all staff, there are times where we'ld like to employ a range of teaching methods and/or activites/interactions with students but we are unable to do so (ie because we are unable to replicate the activity in Hamilton and it becomes an equity issue, or the technology- ie video link to Hamilton- has not been successful so students have disengaged from this option as a learning tool). There have been some great successes however, including the development of stronger online component of the paper as well as maintaining critical face to face activities which have both received strong and positive feedback from students.
Kai pai to wiki, have a great week