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My Background:

Hi my name is Paula Williams , I qualified in the mid 1980's as a biomedical scientist specialising in Haematology and Histology and worked as a scientific officer at many Sydney based Pathology Laboratories for over 12 years. On completion of my B.Ed I took on an honours degree at UTS in Virtual Reality meets Medical Education. I was employed by Sydney Institute in the Faculty of Biological Sciences for 9 years teaching heamatology, histology and microbiology in the Pathology Diploma Course. In that time I was commissioned by the Educational Service Division Community Services NSW to design and implement a series of internet resource learning packages for the teaching staff on Haematology, Anatomy & Physiology ( A & P) and Histology. These resources won the ' Science Award in Brisbane' 1996 for innovation in learning and teaching. I also worked part time at the Dental Hospital teaching anatomy and physiology to dental nurses. In this time I co designed the first interactive CDROM for the first year dental nurse course in A & P which was used as a first year resource material and sold at local CoOP bookshop in Broadway, Sydney. As a project officer I worked for 7 years at the Curriculum Centre and ITAB'S for Community Health Sciences. I then worked in 2005 for two years as the elearning development officer at OTEN in the Learning Technologies Unit,Western Sydney Institute (WSI) TAFE NSW where I was awarded an Excellence in Innovation award in 1996 on web 2.0 technologies and mobile learning for distance education.

ipy.JPGI relieved for 2 years since 2007 as A/CEO for Learning and Innovation Unit at Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW. My experience in innovative approaches to teaching and learning is extensive in particular with the emergent technologies in education using Web 2.0 and mobile technologies and virtual worlds. As an educationalist extraordinaire I have been afforded some challenging projects in Vocational Education and Training (VET). I have pioneered with a small elearning team the initial development to online facilitation program at WSI in the ELF programusing Wikispaces, Adobe Connect and Moodle. This 6 month pilot online program has provided teachers across WSI with a 21st Century mindset to cater for greater flexible options to support student-centred learning environments in today's 'connected era'. The impact of this project trial has increased workforce capability for today's teachers considerable especially for flexible mixed mode options for the busy mobile student and their multi-modal learning styles.

Since 2009 I have been the National eLearning Manager for Faculty Health Sciences for Australian Catholic University (ACU). My current role here is to provide elearning educational design and new pedagogical approaches in higher education across the Health Faculty and assist academics in their Unit oultines and graduate attributes across their School curriculum. The Schools across the Faculty involve Nursing, Physiotherapy, Paramedicine, Exercise Science, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Public health. My partnership in 2009 with Charles Darwin University for the DSA project afforded me to collaborate as an ACU eLearning consultant in blended learning design across Health Sciences in expanding new ways of delivering Exercise Sport Science remotely in the Northern Territory.

I studied with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland in 2009 for my 'Master's in Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing' (MCH) which is a flexibly delivered F2F/ online postgraduate Master's Program at the Centre of Arctic Medicine, Oulu University Finland this articulated into the Masters in Public Health Tropical Medicine course (MPH-CDC) at James Cook University Townsville which I completed in 2012 majoring in Communicable Disease. I was awarded the Global Key International Honour Society for high distinction in Human Parasitology at JCU in 2011. The Master’s Program in Circumpolar Health and Well-being (MCH) is an international two-year program. Online in 2009 and 3 month f2f research in Arctic.

Northern environments just like the tropic environments places specific demands on the delivery of health care and well-being services. The ongoing changes in climate, environment and social structures across borders have significant influence on the health and wellbeing of arctic countries and tropical residents especially Africa. The MCH and MPH- CDC has enabled me to pursue a multidisciplinary field of health and well-being. Particularly for global health in relation to the impact of vector borne disease on current human health in both the arctic and tropical areas of the world.

Since 2014 I am currently lecturing part time at ACU in the School of Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences. I am based in Broken Hill and work as a Public Health consultant at the Broken Hill Allied Health Alliance in rural and remote NSW. My interests lie in vector borne disease in particular the arboviruses.

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More.. and/ or visit my blog Wroxbloghall and the eLearning Faciliator Program (ELF program 2008 )


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Melbourne ASCILITE 2008 at University of Deakin

“Hello! Where are you in the landscape of educational technology?”
Visit ASCILITE 2008

Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Key Note Speakers: November 30-December 3, 2008
Dr Michelle Selinger
Director of Education Internet Business Solutions Group Public Sector Team for Asia-Pacific
Cisco Through the looking glass
Associate ProfessorPiet Kommers Faculty of Behavioral Sciences
University of Twente Mobile and virtual presence in the learning community
Associate Professor
Gary Poole
Director of the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth and the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
University of British Columbia A place to call a learning home
ASCILITE 2008 Deakin University
ASCILITE 2008 Deakin University
AScilite 2008 networking over morning tea
AScilite 2008 networking over morning tea

Visit ASCILTE blog/twitter/podcasts - Using Cloudworks to live blog conferences
Twitter for academia
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by Paula Williams

eLearning 08 at University of New South Wales

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elearning08: Panel 9- Engaging youth

elearning08 - engaging youth panel
elearning08 - engaging youth panel

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Panel 9- Engaging youth, @ eLearning08 showcase held in Sydney 4-5 December 2008, Round House, University of NSW.

Friday 11:00- 12:15
Team020-Stellar Learning- Ella Bache College of Skin & Beauty Therapy
Team040-E-learning Initiatives for the Entertainment Industry- Staging Connections Pty. Ltd.
Team025-The Way of the ‘e’- J2S Training Solutions
Team081-E-learning into Mining- TAFE NSW Western Institute
Team080-Moblogging in Animal Care- TAFE NSW Western Institute

Facilitated byPaula Williams

elearning08: Panel 3 - Hands on

Ian Squire, Panel 3 - Hands On
Ian Squire, Panel 3 - Hands On

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Panel 3 - Hands On , @ eLearning08 showcase held in Sydney 4-5 December 2008, Round House, University of NSW.

Thursday 11:15 - 12:15
Team 059 - Sydney Turf Club – Hospitality Staff e Learning Project - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute
Team 057 - Nursery Online - TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute
Team 045 - Workplace E-learning & Recognition for the Protective Coasting & Blasting Industry - TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute
Team 043 - Diploma in Veterinary Nursing: innovative workplace learning - TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute

Facilitated by Paula Williams

elearning08: Panel 6 - On the move


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Panel 6 - On the move, @ eLearning08 showcase held in Sydney 4-5 December 2008, Round House, University of NSW.

Friday 10:00 - 11:00
Team037-Work Online- An Induction Tool- Greenacres Training Services
Team004-Home & Community Care Traineeship Program -National College Australia Pty Ltd
Team016-Engaging the Riverina- Southern IML Pathology Pty. Ltd.
Team015-Powerful skills: powerful learning- Country Energy

Facilitated byPaula Williams

elearning08: Panel 5 - Coaching and mentoring

Panel 5 - Coaching and mentoring
Panel 5 - Coaching and mentoring

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Panel 5 - Coaching and mentoring , @ eLearning08 showcase held in Sydney 4-5 December 2008, Round House, University of NSW.

Thursday 2:30 - 3:30
Team007-Organic Farming - remote teacher network -TAFE NSW Riverina Institute
Team008-Pathways to Business- TAFE NSW Riverina Institute
Team070-Coach Educator E-Learning Project- TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute ( Richmond College )
Team056-Small Business Online Meetings, Communications & E-learning -Sydney Community College

Facilitated byPaula Williams


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Converging Technologies

As we head into the 21st Century change will continue to accelerate and challenge us. Convergence of technologies will increase convenience, expand capabilities, raise expectations and lower costs. Learning and communication technologies will rapidly converge cell phones, computers, land-lines, mobile systems, satellite and cable, into a unified system that will dramatically expand both capabilities and convenience for accessing education.


Bridging the divide where no single mode of delivery or instructional design will meet all learning needs.Converging the technology into a seamless access on the OLS will be our goal for 2006 and beyond.The use of new technologies to support educational delivery is no longer optional, but essential. The goal is to provide a sustainable learning support site which would best meet the needs of distance students including faster turnaround time for assignments; greater feedback on assessment; increased opportunities for communication with teachers and other students.

ODLAA Conference 2005 'Tools of the Trade' - Presentation



Podcast: October 2008 Paula Williams, Stephan Ridgway, Jo Kay, Alex Hayes and Gayle Tregoning

ODDLA Conference 2005- Adelaide University

'Breaking Down Boundaries

**Tools of the Trade**

Written by Paula E.Williams 2005


How can we make best use of information and communication technologies to support distance students? What are the features and functions of an effective learning support site? This paper will discuss some of the outcomes of the 2005 review of the OTEN Learning Support (OLS) site and also explore sustainable applications of new learning technologies that can enhance and engage distance learners. The exploration of new learning technologies in tandem with the review is critical to ensure seamless integration of new online application tools. These include: social software; mobile devices such as PDAs and smart phones, eJournaling and online assessment tools.

This paper will first address the evolutionary stages relevant to educational institutions from the transformation to the convergence stages as identified by PricewaterhouseCoopers (Katz,2000). From understanding the transition stages we will examine where we are now and where we are going in the use of technology to enhance and support learning.

Stephen Downes viewpoint says..

Forecast 2008-2011 AD

…teachers are effective ‘managers of learning’ AFLF 2008-2011

Due to their skill at using ICT to enhance the learning experience, teachers access quality learning resources that are up-to-date and easily adapted – and many of the resources are freely available. Many of them have moved from a ‘teaching’ paradigm to a ‘facilitation and management of learning’ paradigm. While they remain as committed to ongoing professional development as they have always been, much of their development is focused on new environments – for example, peer-to-peer – and a greater engagement with industry.

…there is a sustainable e-learning infrastructure

The support needed for all the above is available through a pool of national resources, a system of national technical standards, and evolving and innovative approaches to the use of new technologies

Technology to Come...a mouseless world!

So what's around the corner ??...The future is at your finger tips Surface computing has arrived no keyboard, no mouse...! released December 2007 by Microsoft for purchase January 2008.

Ascilite Conference 2006

Who is Learning 2006-2007

Concise paper
Conference Workshop ipods & itrips

Innovation through Action Learning
Beth Hobbs, Paula Williams
TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute – OTEN Educational Development - Learning Technologies Unit

This paper describes an organisational approach that is being undertaken by a Vocational Educational Institution to engage teachers in the use of emerging technologies to enable them to implement innovative ways of teaching and learning that are more flexible and accessible for learners. This Institute wide approach incorporates large scale innovative professional development opportunities for Vocational teachers involving action learning project teams exploring the potential benefits of emerging technologies and trialling the use of these technologies with learners.

The outcomes will impact on organisation wide decisions about the future direction of collaborative learning environments and technologies in teaching and learning.These projects are part of a state-wide TAFE NSW dynamic research teaching and learning community, continuously collecting practitioners’ ideas, experiences and information then sharing, organising and evaluating them in the ‘blogosphere’. Using action research methodology the projects focus on what teachers’ experience, the outcomes for learners and the technical challenges embraced. This approach aims to collect meaningful applications of learning strategies using technologies that are effective, sustainable and scaleable.

Ascilite Workshop
Sunday 3rd December 2006
University of Sydney
Presented by Paula Williams (OTEN)

His Masters Voice (HMV)- Radio iLectures & iTrips for the iPod Generation

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Participants will be introduced to and engage with Web 2.0 audio-visual tools and their current usage in vocational education and training.
Participants will explore potential applications of ipods and itrip transmitters as powerful listening devices for teaching and learning in the workplace.
Participants will create and publish a mini ilecture using open source software for mobile devices.
Participants will leave the workshop with the concepts of how mobile communications can facilitate collaborative–based learning in today’s workplace within a critical pedagogical perspective.

Create an iLeacture in 6 steps
Learn how to use mobile technology to tap into the Web 2.0 services.
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Use of ipods and podcasting ilectures for in situ learning (ubiquitous learning U-Learning)
Cognitive apprenticeship model and web 2.0 ipods as Knowledge Acquisition Tools

Visit to create an ilecture for an ipod in 6 easy steps!
Listen and broadcast to your friends over the local car radio or at work using itrips.
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Digital Footprints' read this article Pew/Internet

Visit Touchgraph visualisation of an networked community. This is Time2learn's footprints and networks...simply insert the url


Web 2.0 Tools in Education Workshop


AIMThe aim of this workshop is to illustrate how Web 2.0 tools involving mobile devices can be used as one form of evidence-based assessment in the workplace.This can also integrate with eportfolios for life long learning.ePortfolios Using mobile 3G phones to record evidence of assessment using PDA'sThis interactive session will focus on some of the current theories of connectivism and constructivism in workplace learning. Some interesting discussions around the cognitive apprenticeship model and mLearning using web 2.0 services as knowledge aquisition tools in the workplace.

CONNECTIVISM - Connected learning spaces

As practitioners should we be teaching students more on ‘how to learn’ rather than ‘what to learn’?

In this interactive workshop we will demonstrate how mlearning technology using 3G Motorola phones can be used for evidence- based assessment in the workplace.

What is Assessment 2.0?

Assessment 2.0

Assessment is about generating evidence of your knowledge or skills. This evidence can be used to aid learning (formative assessment) or used to measure learning (summative assessment). ‘Assessment 2.0’ is the use of Web 2.0 services to generate this evidence. Visit Table 1 by Bobby Elliott, Qualifications Manager, Scottish Qualifications Authority which illustrates some of the ways in which Web 2.0 technologies can be used in the assessment process.

Web service
Possible use(s)
Assessment type

Personal portal
Evidence organisation
Google calendar
Assessment scheduling


Google mail
Communication with assessor Evidence storage

Search engine
Live search
Evidence discovery

Evidence discovery

Newsgroups/ forums
Google groups
Evidence discovery Peer support Reflection Collaborative working

Social bookmarking
Evidence collection

Reflection Log book/diary

Online storage
Evidence storage

Photo storage
Evidence storage

Collaborative working Group work Projects

Instant messaging
Live Messenger
Authenticating evidence

VOIP (incl. video)
Authenticating evidence Oral assessment

Word processing
Google docs and spreadsheets
Collaborative working Group work Projects


Google docs and spreadsheets
Result calculation and reporting Collaborative working Group work


Table 1: How Web 2.0 can be used for assessment

Table 1: How Web 2.0 can be used for assessment

Evidence cycle

Collectively, the suite of Web 2.0 services provides a rich environment for finding, capturing, describing, organising and sharing evidence for assessment purposes. Web 2.0 services can be considered under these headings.

Web service
Evidence creation/discovery
Live search Bloglines Google groups Wikipedia Google docs and spreadsheets
Evidence capture
Furl Clipmarks Google mail Flickr
Evidence organisation Netvibes Flickr Blogger
Evidence sharing
Furl Clipmarks

What is RSS?

Visit the touchgraph for TALO blogosphere for educators

Watch this video which explains the simplicity of syndication


Visit this simple demonstration RSS in Plain English

Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators- A Guide to RSS and More

by Quentin D'Souza


What examples of Web 2.0 tools are there for education purposes?

· Blogs
· Wikis ( eg. ASCILITE 2006)
· Podcasts
· Delicious
· Bubbleshare
· Flickr
· Technorati
· Furl
· Bloglines
· Feedster
· Feedreader

OLS demo


Social Bookmarks
Blog Finder-
How to get feeds into your Blog using RSS aggregator or RSS reader
Feed Reader
How to search for feeds using RSS directories to add to your blog
How to tag your images tagging ‘Folksonomies’

What is Moblogging?

Moblogging is sending multimedia files such as audio, images and videos to a blog using your mobile phone.
For example: WSI Mobile Blog