Hi, I am Carolyn McIntosh. I am a senior lecturer in the School of midwifery at Otago Polytechnic. I also work as a csual relief for rural midwives and a rural maternity facility. I have been lecturing for 5 years. Before this I was a rural midwife in the South Island of New Zealand since emigrating to New Zealand in 1981. I am currently enrolled in a course run through Otago Polytechnic on Design for flexible learning practice. Through this course I hope to further develop skills in supporting student learning that began through another open access course Facilitating online learning communities. I learned a huge amount through this previous course and I am hoping that I will further develop skills which can be used in my teaching.
At the end of 2007 I graduated with a Master Degree in Midwifery also through Otago Polytechnic. I am very pleased I completed this study before embarking on my current learning journey into education. My thesis is avalable online at google docs. My research for my Masters Thesis looked at how rural midwives in the South island of new Zealand inform practice. I found that midwives gain information for practice in many ways but ‘Communities of Practice’ play a large role. I am interested in ways to facilitate midwives coming together and forming communities of practice, both face to face and through web based technology. I also have a blog in which I write about midwifery and midwifery education.
This blog touches at times on matters to do with midwifery and midwifery education but the focus here is much more on education and flexible learning. In this blog I reflect on my learning about theories of learning and education, online learning resources and flexibility in course delivery.