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About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ (http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/). I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.

Coaching and mentoring: Safe, confidential, and non – judgemental

A lovely overview from Sarah Whiting, about what coaching and mentoring is…and isn’t, and a couple of the options available through CORE Education. The description from the Edtalks site reads: Sarah Whiting, facilitator for CORE Education, discusses the role of … Continue reading

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Coaching and mentoring for all generations

I must admit to feeling just a bit excited when I read recently that people are crying out for coaching and mentoring (although I did wince a bit at some of the language used in the article :D). This is … Continue reading

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Visualising coaching…

Coaching is a bit of a buzzword, and you may be wondering why you might want to work with a coach, and what you’d get out of it. Mark Edwards and Hazel Owen (Ethos Consultancy NZ) have worked together with Cyma in a coaching … Continue reading

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Some of the ‘soft factors’ that influence students’ initial experience of distance online learning

What are some of the ‘soft factors’ that influence a student’s initial experience of distance online learning? A couple of years back, this study sought to identify some of the key aspects that helped shape their experiences, as well as some of … Continue reading

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What characteristics do you have as a coach?

What are the personal characteristics of a coach? It’s an interesting question because the response, while apparently simple, also requires a look at characteristics that could potentially work against a coach, and their suitability to develop in an organisation in that role. … Continue reading

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Don’t let technology disruption disrupt your team: Living with change

This post was written as a guest post for Cyma (a technology and enterprise architecture consultancy), and was originally posted as Living With Change – Don’t let technology disruption disrupt your team on 16th April 2018. Hazel Owen has been helping Cyma employees with personal … Continue reading

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What is a good coaching question?

Questions are part of our everyday lives, and it’s a challenge to communicate without them. If you have ever played those games where you have to communicate without any questions you know what a fundamental role they play. There are … Continue reading

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The benefits of coaching and mentoring: A range of perspectives

I often find myself pondering why coaching and mentoring are so powerful. When I am being coached the fact that someone is listening so intently, and asking questions that in turn … even though I know they are part of … Continue reading

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Two things essential for coaching

While under discussion between coaching theorists and practitioners, there are some core competencies that most will agree contribute to being an effective coach. These core competencies are the ‘things a coach does’ before, during and after a coaching session, and … Continue reading

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Developing new understandings of self in the face of change

In the places I work, there is a requirement for innovation, responsiveness, and a comfort with change that often calls for “a culture shift: a new environment in which the majority … think in new ways, develop new skills and … Continue reading

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