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Nick Ford

Position available: Senior lecturer / associate prof position in e-learning. More available at https://ucvacancies.canterbury.ac.nz/


Brief description: Manager, e-Learning Services, University of Canterbury
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About me

Hello Smile

I am the Manager of the e-Learning support team at the University of Canterbury

My experience includes

  • secondary & tertiary teaching (face to face, online and blended)
  • secondary & tertiary course development (face to face, online and blended)
  • community faciliation
  • ICT in teaching & learning research 
  • systems training & administration
  • multimedia design & production
  • webpage design, production & maintenance

I am experienced with the following technologies 

  • Blackboard LMS
  • Moodle LMS
  • Ultranet LMS
  • Mahara e-Portfolio
  • web and video conferencing solutions
  • pod and vidcasting
  • interactive whiteboards (Smart & Promethean)
  • mobile technologies (iPads, tablets, mobile phones)
  • HTML, CSS, XHTML, JAVA, ActionScript

I began working in teacher ICT professional development in 2003 as a teacher of ICT at the innovative Christchurch South Learning Centre. In this role I facilitated ICT professional development clusters from South Christchurch.

From 2005 to April 2011 I worked for the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology as the e-Learning designer and a staff developer.

From April 2011 to June 2012 I worked as Instructional Designer and National Facilitator for Core Education.

From June 2012 until June 2014 I worked as a Flexible Learning Advisor at the University of Canterbury. From June 2014 I assumed management of the e-Learning support team at the University of Canterbury.

Prior to 2003 I worked as a secondary science teacher.

Out of work i love to ski and sing and play electric guitar in rock bands

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  • Marguerite Clubb

    Hi Nick,
    Just starting...such a huge world out there! Folk must select important stuff or else they would be on 24/7!!
    MLE is topical for me at the mo.

  • Sue Lewis

    Hi Nick, just welcoming you as a friend. However, I feel so overwhelmed just reading about your ICT skills. I am definitely on the early pages of this. Sue

  • Gerard Macmanus

    Under the Moodle Group, can we advertise the Ministry of Education NZ funded moodle installation available at www.moodleinschools.org.nz this will help the community with resources that will end up being shared through the NZ moodle hub.

  • Jane Armstrong Bos

    Hi Nick, I've just checked with Annemarie if we can put her question about facebook into a thread. do you want to add your response to the thread? /mod/threaded_forums/topicposts.php?topic=479307&group_guid=53307

  • Tamara Yuill Proctor

    Stac is in the process of getting Moodle up and running. We have PLG's (personal learning groups) and I am working with some other staff with Moodle. We are conducting some action research on various areas. I am interested in the use of Quizzes and tracking of data that Moodle can do. It seems like a good tool for the closed question in English and students could complete activities in here rather than workbooks. Plus it we could track who used it, when, what there results are etc. I would be interested to hear of any teachers that have created quizzes and it would be great to build up an exchange of quizzes that could be shared with teachers around NZ - not sure the possibility of this?

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