Portfolio

Writing

Training and Speaking

In 2003 I received the UNESCO Adult Educator of the Year award for my work with adult students at the Wellington Community Education Centre.

I’ve taught more individuals, courses and workshops than I can possibly remember or list, but here are some recent items.

  • March 2014 ongoing: Wellington trainer for the Kitomba software used by many beauty and hair salons for bookings, product management and sales and client payments.
  • August 2014, Whitireia Community Polytechnic Publishing Course: 5 sessions on HTML & CSS.
  • April 2014, Whitireia Community Polytechnic Publishing Course: 2 sessions on WordPress.
  • August 2013, Whitireia Community Polytechnic Publishing Course: 5 sessions on HTML & CSS.
  • Workshop for REAP Conference, March 2013: Tools Not Toys session about using iPads.
  • August 2012, Whitireia Community Polytechnic Publishing Course: 5 sessions on HTML & CSS.
  • Workshop for REAP Conference, May 2011: lightning roundup of current tech; overview of iPad 2.
  • Workshop on behalf of Wellington ICT for community organisations, Wellington, April 2011: FFS: write well for the web!.
  • Presentation on behalf of Wellington ICT for community organisations, Wellington, April 2011: Is it tomorrow already?
  • CreativeTech, 2010 — I presented a session called Fifty Mac Tips.
  • Wellington Regional Council, 2010 — I ran a series of customised training courses for Wellington Regional Council, teaching community organisations and taxi operators how to work with the new Snapper-based Total Mobility Card.
  • Workshop on behalf of Wellington ICT for community organisations, Wellington, May 2010: First, Fast, Effective Text: writing for Web Readers
  • Panelist for Bloggers predict 2010 and Bloggers predict 2009
  • WordCamp New Zealand 2009: presented a session on From There to here: Building Communities with WordPress
  • University of Hawai’i at Manoa Pacific New Media Outreach program, 2008 — I created and taught 3 courses over a weekend in Honolulu about WordPress: WordPress Explorer, WordPress Adventurer, WordPress Intrepid.
  • Engage Your Community conferences, 2008 and 2009 — I was the Keynote speaker at 4 Mini conferences in Hamilton, Wellington and Rotorua. I also presented workshops at each.
  • Mac eXpo, 2004 in Auckland, New Zealand — I presented a session for Mac users.
  • 19–23 February 2001: Analysis and Report Writing course for the government department of Lands, Survey and Environment in Samoa.
  • 10–14 July 2000: Analysis & Report Writing course for government officials in Samoa. The course included: how to write in plain accurate English, how to design relevant formats, how to analyse data and make strategic recommendations, practice using word-processing and spreadsheet applications in relevant ways, planning how to implement what was learnt.
  • 22–26 March 1999: Business Writing Skills Training Course for Samoa PSC & Treasury staff. The course included: letters, memos, reports, writing more to the point, more directly, more clearly, using active voice rather than passive, eliminating redundancies, tailoring messages to the readers, Plain English in a business setting.
  • April 1999: Community Online Strategy — 2-day Internet Training for Trainers.
  • Victoria University of Wellington Centre for Continuing Education, November 2001: The Web for Everyone: Accessible Web design (with Robyn Hunt, Accease)
  • Wellington Community Education Centre — I taught numerous adult education classes for around 7 years. Topics included:
    • Computer Confidence for Women
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • Pagemaker
    • Introduction to Computing

Admin

December 2011 to present: Admin for the A-List Blogger Club and A-List Blogging Masterclass: I look after membership matters and subscriptions and handle emails. I also provide general advice to the owner, especially on processes and procedures.

Websites

Other

I was part of the founding organising group for Webstock 2006 and 2008.

For around 6 years I was the Web Maestro for Communitynet Aotearoa.

In the mid-90s I provided helpdesk support to Mac users for Actrix networks.

From around 1984 to 1994 I worked variously for the Adult Reading and Learning Assistance Federation (ARLA, now Literacy Aotearoa) in various roles, the Porirua Language Project as ARLA Co-ordinator and tutor trainer, and the National Resource Centre for Adult Education and Community Learning as Co-ordinator.

From around 1977 to 1984 I taught German, English and Computer Studies to adolescents at Ashburton College.

In 1976 and 1981 I travelled and lived overseas in Düsseldorf, Germany and Edinburgh, Scotland.

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