About Me

About Me

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.

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  1. susana ybas

     /  April 29, 2009

    Hi! Carolyn,
    You are too,too far away from your destination now. Looks like you are in heaven and I am on earth. You have a very successful journey. Your luck since you arrived in Balclutha never stop. Ongoing education continues with you always. Well hope Ican reach and please help me because I just receive a letter yesterday from Crosby- Midwifery Council that I have to sit an examination. I don’t know what can of examination. This 23 May 2009 in Hamilton I need your help just guidance. What this examination is involved. Where to start and ends.
    Please reply to me.
    Thanks.
    Sue

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  2. If Midwifery council require you sit an examination then it would seem that this would be around assessing competency. What is involved in this examination would depend on what the issues are that midwifery council may have with your competency. So if there is something that has arisen in your practice that you think they may wish to assess then this is the focus that the examination will take I would assume. I think you really need to contact council and ask them what is involved as I have not real way of knowing. Midwifery Council would usually have conducted an audit or had some other communication with you before taking this step so I think you should have some idea what this is about. I am sorry I can’t really help more than this Sue. I hope you manage to get things sorted. I know this is very stressful but you have a good midwifery knowledge base and midwifery council are only interested that midwives should be able to meet basic midwifery competency.

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  3. If Midwifery council require you sit an examination then it would seem that this would be around assessing competency. What is involved in this examination would depend on what the issues are that midwifery council may have with your competency. So if there is something that has arisen in your practice that you think they may wish to assess then this is the focus that the examination will take I would assume. I think you really need to contact council and ask them what is involved as I have no real way of knowing. Midwifery Council would usually have conducted an audit or had some other communication with you before taking this step so I think you should have some idea what this is about. I am sorry I can’t really help more than this Sue. I hope you manage to get things sorted. I know this is very stressful but you have a good midwifery knowledge base and midwifery council are only interested that midwives should be able to meet basic midwifery competency.

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