I am a lecturer and currently use Blackboard for a blended learning approach. I can see real potential for the use of online teaching tools / resources and I'm keen to develop my knowledge and skills in this area. I am still pondering exactly what and how but here are some tentative ideas for the Masters of Midwifery program that I would like to explore:
- The use of blogs as part of an online portfolio
- Conferencing with other students / midwives (long distance)
- Guest speakers who are not local - presentations, Q&A sessions
In my midwifery life I would like to maintain a blog that is practice focussed and challenges the current mainstream approach to midwifery practice and birth. I have found it quite liberating being able to write about practice without the constraints of writing for publication (journals). It's great to be able to say what you think and not water it down (well maybe a little). I will probably avoid the larger scale politics of birth/midwifery as there are lots of great blogs covering these issues already.