Higher Ed Teaching & Learning Leadership

“Welcome to the Senior Fellowship of the HEA (UK)!”

In June 2020, I learned that my application to the HEA for Senior Fellow was approved! What an honor it is to be recognized for such a prestigious fellowship in acknowledgement of my “commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development” (HEA UK).

I join the ranks of many progressive, innovative scholars. The seven months of drafting my application paid off! Many thanks to Dr. Christine Slade, PFHEA and Dr. Angela Fenton, for supporting my application through written testimony of my leadership in teaching and learning over the past four years!

Dr. Angela Fenton, Associate Head, School of Education, CSU:

Misty is an invaluable committee member of our School of Education Assessment Committee…she not only brings expertise in all aspects of teaching and learning to the committee but is also skilled at fostering a collegial understanding of the importance of assessment and moderation as an integral teaching tool in our subjects and courses. Through guiding and supporting her peers, Misty develops strategies for continually improving the clarity and quality of assessment items, marking guidance in a student focused way. This has included Misty being nominated as a school and committee moderator as well as the single key Quality Assurance Officer for the school in the pre-delivery QA of a suite of subjects…Misty has additionally undertaken extensive reviews of education subjects and worked collaboratively with teaching teams, Course Directors, Heads of School and Faculty Executives to proactively plan and prepare high quality subjects for delivery. 

Mahara Smart Evidence

Mahara ePortfolios/Catalyst IT NZ Collaboration

Project Smart Evidence.  Collaborated with academics across University of Canberra, Australia, faculty and (open source) Catalyst NZ (Wellington, NZ) programmers to improve Mahara functionality for users to display evidence maps electronically. Released in Mahara 15.04 on 17 April 2015. Further work with other organisations is ongoing and Smart Evidence is continually being improved through its implementation in K12 and University education worldwide.   

I was (pardon the pun) the catalyst for Smart Evidence. I brought a teaching and learning issue to the table. Mahara did not provide an elegant solution for both the student user or the marker/grader staff user. After putting together a literature review, I began talking to colleagues and finally, an ed designer who was the conduit to Catalyst NZ.


Teaching & Learning Thought Leadership: Digital Ethics work…

Thank you for joining us on 28 May 2020 for the year’s first ePortfolios Australia Webinar in collaboration with AAEEBL!

ePortfolios Australia hosted their first 2020 webinar in collaboration with AAEEBL on Thursday 28 May (9.30-11.00 am AEST) on the theme/topic of Defining digital ethics when using eportfolios

As one of the invited panelists in the webinar, I shared my research and experience to discuss:
What does digital ethics and eportfolios mean?
What does digital ethics and eportfolios look like now?, and
What does digital ethics and eportfolios look like when it is working well?

The recording is available on the link above. We will be continuing this invaluable conversation!

NOVEMBER 2019: As a result of our August webinar and AAEEBL’s commitment to digital ethics, another global webinar was held on 4-5 November, 2019.

Description: Who owns an eportfolio?  the student? the institution? a program? an instructor?  A foundational aspect of ePortfolio practice is an emphasis on student ownership, which fosters student agency, metacognitive skills, active learning, and integration of experiences. All of these principles promote deeper learning. However, when ePortfolio use is tied to program or course requirements, are we ethically aligned to the principles and stated values of eportfolio experience? In this twitter chat, we will explore the tension among ePortfolio ownership, ethics, and common practices that support ePortfolio initiatives.

chart of chat times for different global regions
Map showing the different time zones for the twitter chat
See https://aaeebl.org/2019/08/13/twitter-chats/ for more information.

AUGUST 2019: As a result of our October 2018 IJEP article on Digital Ethics, Dr. Terri Downer presented at the 2019 AAEEBL Annual Meeting in NYC remotely from the Sunshine Coast, as Dr. Christine Slade, Ms. Bernie Fisher and I were in Auckland, NZ, presenting our work at HERDSA.  Join us on 15 August 2019, as I host the Southern Hemisphere’s AAEEBL/EPAC Twitterchat on “Defining digital ethics and ePortfolios”! Details here! #eportchat