Keynotes and Speakers for ITx Rutherford
Open Polytechnic of NZ
Catherine is the Principal Curriculum Designer for Business and Enterprise in the Learning Design and Development Directorate at the Open Polytechnic of NZ.
Catherine was awarded a Doctor of Science Education in 2013 from Curtin University, Australia. She also holds a Master of Business Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration, a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Diploma in Tertiary Teaching.
Catherine's research interests span the two disciplines of information technology and business within the tertiary education environment. Research outputs include the effects of mobile technologies on learning environments, gender issues in ICT, ethics and social responsibility, professional practice, soft skills requirements, and ways to engage academia with industry.
In contrast to a traditional face-to-face course, course design and development at the Open Polytechnic uses a collaborative approach to designing and developing Online Distance Flexible Learning (ODFL) courseware.
At this New Zealand tertiary education institution, course design and development follows a six-phase process with three levels of project roles and responsibilities. A discussion of each of the design and development phases, roles and responsibilities is provided, showcasing how this collaborative approach to developing courseware provides an effective way of delivering a pedagogically-sound online learning experience.