End of first year of new Bachelor of Midwifery Programme:Reflection on “intensives”.

Introduction The academic year finally ended yesterday for  first year students in our new undergraduate midwifery programme in the South Island of New Zealand. This is the first in a series of posts reflecting on the year. I wrote extensively in this blog about my development process for the first year practice skills course. It […]

Assessment of midwifery practice skills in a distance based blended learning course

Introduction / Background The learning contract, which is the focus of this post, is an assessment in the first year practice skills course in our undergraduate midwifery degree programme.  Although this three year degree has been running for around 16 years this is the first year on the new model of course delivery. I have […]

Assessment in the new midwifery programme

I have started the final course in the GCTLT at Otago Polytechnic. Here I am starting to reflect on the assessment process. Image:  X class examinations from Bindass Madhavi’s phtos n flickr.com In midwifery it seems  to me that much of what students learn is assessment driven, this is common amongst health professional education (Wass, […]

Back in class for the undergraduate midwifery students in our new blended learning programme

I have been blogging about the development and progress of our new programme for undergraduate midwifery education. This photo graph and article appeared in the Otago Daily Times during our first intensive in January. Our new programme has a longer academic year than our previous programme, beginning earlier in the  year and finishing later. Instead […]

Start of the new Bachelor of Midwifery programme

It has been an incredibly busy couple of months since I returned from a brief summer break to finish preparations on the midwifery practice skills course for the start of our new programme. There were some last minute adjustments to make and I completed work on the documentation section of the communication module. All of […]

Round up of developing a midwifery practice skills course for flexible delivery.

Image: Pohutakawa, the NZ Christmas tree. from Andy Eakin’s photos on Flickr.com As the year comes to a close Lorna and I have been making great progress towards the midwifery practice skills course we are developing in a blended delivery format. I have not been blogging much because I have been so busy working on […]

Blended learning in midwifery education.

Do we really understand the potential? I have been looking at this video. Wouldn’t this have been a great conference to be at? How exciting that we are entering a new era of midwifery education at this time and potential that is there for us and our students, as long as we leave the doors […]

Distance and flexible learning for midwives and midwifery students.

Image: Cathedral of learning. From Macwagen’s photos on Flickr.com. Week 4 DFLP How can distance, correspondence and/or online learning create flexible learning opportunities for midwives or midwifery students? Undergraduate midwifery As I stated in a previous post we already have a significant workforce shortage in midwifery and we face a looming crisis as the aging […]

Developing a flexible learning plan for first year midwifery students

In the school of midwifery at Otago Polytechnic we are heading into a new world of midwifery education. We have a shortage of midwives in the workforce and this is set to worsen as many of our workforce head towards retirement. Currently our midwifery students are required to leave their homes and come to one […]

EdTech for Export conference Wellington 12th April 2013

On the 12th April I was fortunate to be able to attend the first EdTech4Export conference in Wellington New Zealand. This post is my reflection on the conference, thank to Otago Polytechnic for sending me. To get me in the mood the taxi driver from the airport had national radio on and they were discussing […]

Virtual International Day of the Midwife, May 5th, 2010

May 5th is the International Midwives Day. Here is what theInternational Confederation of Midwives say about this day: “The International Day of the Midwife is an occasion for every midwife to think about the many others in the profession, to make new contacts within and outside midwifery, and to widen the knowledge of what midwives […]

Using web based quiz in a LMS

As readers of the blog will be aware I am developing course material for a new undergraduate midwifery course using the Moodle learning management system I have been using Exe as a development tool. It is a great programme and really easy to use but it does have some limitations. In particular I have found […]

Pedagogical strategies for distance learning

I came across this article ” Pedagogical strategies for building community in graduate level distance education courses” By Eileen McElrath and Kate McDowell, assistant professors in library information services. McElrath and McDowell describe the importance of community to learning and present Brown’s 15 step process to community building in online classrooms.  These steps are, from […]

E Learning for midwives

In my roll as a midwife in a rural facility I have been enrolled in a course which is completely online. This is the first practical midwifery course I will have done in this way. It is about breast feeding and human lactation and is an international course for lactation cunsultants. I have bogged more […]

Carrying on with constructing course

I have been very busy creating content for the new midwifery practice skills course that I am co-developing with Lorna Davies. We had developed a clear structure for the content grouping it into modular components to make sense of it and give context to the material but I have been feeling increasingly anxious about how […]


Background I have been pondering E Portfolios and what these might be. I feel that I need to really think about this, to be clear in my own mind, and perhaps to help others to understand  how these might be developed with students in our undergraduate midwifery programme. We continuously highlight the importance of life […]

Bringing together some key points in blended, distance and online education

Hazel Owen I found these videos from Hazel Owen for the DEANZ conference 2008. This is her Bio from you tube. “Hazel Owen is an Academic Advisor (Education Technology Consultant) at Unitec, NZ. She has been involved with implementing ICT enhanced learning for nine years and provides training for faculty, as well as developing blended […]

Lets keep talking! Distance students need to too.

This post is taken from a comment I left on Sarah Stewart’s blog posting “How spontaneous and serendipitous can we be online” I have been spending a great deal of time working at home on the new curiculum development. This is good use of my time, avoids a great deal of travel, and allows me […]

Beginning to construct a course which supports flexible learning

While completing courses myself around flexible learning and course construction I am also working on the development and construction of the midwifery practice skills course. There are several features of this course which could be described as ‘flexible learning’. Students will be able to enrol from a  variety of locations and study predominantly from those […]


Project Name Working with women requiring therapeutic intervention. A module contained within the midwifery practice skills course for first year bachelor of midwifery students. Date: 3rd October 2008 Organisation: Otago Polytechnic Project plan author contact details Carolyn McIntosh Email: carolynm@tekotago.ac.nz skype: carolynmcintosh Delicious: carolynmcintosh Executive summary This plan outlines the process that will be involved […]