Open Polytechnic employs a wide range of learning and teaching experts who provide academic and learning support to our distance learners.
We also use contractors, mostly off campus, who are subject matter experts in their fields who provide academic support and marking services.
As a specialist provider of open flexible distance learning, we also employ highly skilled courseware design and development, and education technology professionals, administration and customer support staff, as well as library and learning centre staff who are all focused on helping Open Polytechnic learners achieve their educational goals.
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Academic Specialist, Learning Design and Development, Foundation, Bridging and Transition (FBT)
I am an Academic Specialist, Learning Design and Development, Foundation, Bridging and Transition (FBT)
Relevant Education and Work Experience
I have worked in Foundation Education for many years as a tutor and as a trainer and advisor to tutors and educators. Foundation education is such an exciting area to work in as it a privilege to be able to give learners a really positive experience of education and get them excited about learning.
I have worked in secondary, polytechnic and Corrections based education settings.
I have a Masters degree in Adult literacy and Numeracy Education as well as qualifications in e-Learning and secondary teaching.
I am interested in learning about the way that learners build their contextual literacy and language understanding in different vocational and foundation programmes, the way individuals transition from one literacy context to another and the barriers that exist for individuals in engaging with community and social services due to their literacy challenges. Any research in building engagement for foundation learners re-engaging with learning is also of interest.
Working around the words: A guide for organisations 2017 (Ako Aotearoa)
Talking the talk: video series 2017(Ako Aotearoa)
Building houses, building confidence, building literacy skills: A team approach to building literacy skills in a Pasifika Trades Carpentry Programme 2014 (APSTE)
Youth Literacy Transitions in New Zealand 2012 (AUT)
Dr Catherine Snell-Siddle
Academic Specialist, Learning Design, Business and Enterprise
Role at Open Polytechnic
My role is Academic Specialist, Learning Design, Business and Enterprise
Relevant education/work experience
I have a Doctorate in Science Education, a Masters of Business Administration (Human Resource Management), Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Human Resource Management), a Bachelor of Business Studies (Marketing and Communication Management), and a Diploma in Tertiary Teaching. I have extensive experience working in the tertiary education sector, both as a practitioner and within management roles.
My research interests include the effects of mobile technologies on learning environments, gender issues in ICT, ethics and social responsibility, professional practice and soft skill requirements.
Dr. Gregory De Costa
Academic Specialist, Learning Design, Engineering, Environment, Construction, Interior Design & Trades
As academic specialist and business owner of the programs coming under Engineering, Construction, Trades, Design and Environment, I am in charge of Design and Development of programs and courses within this area.
Qualifications and/or training completed/currently studying
Doctor Engineering, M.Sc. in Environmental Science, B. Sc. In Engineering and M.BA
Chartered Engineer, CP Eng (Engineering New Zealand), Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.
Work/ experience relevant to role at Open Polytechnic
Have undergone training at the Open University of UK
Have worked 6 years at the Open University of Sri Lanka
Have worked 11 years at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
Have worked 5 years at Unitec
As Project Leader of an internationally funded, international project, I have conducted research into climate change, sea level rise and its impact on coastal water resources and adjacent land.
I have published and presented many research papers in local and international journals and conferences.
In addition, I am currently the Vice President of the International Association for Hydro Environmental Research Asia Pacific Division.
I have also organised International conferences in New Zealand as well as in Sri Lanka
Dr Nick Kimber
Academic Specialist, Learning Design, Applied Sciences
I provide curriculum and academic leadership in Exercise, Horticulture, Pharmacy and Sterilising Technology programmes.
I liaise with industry specialists to ensure that programmes are relevant for learners, meet the needs of industry, and reflect current and projected best practice. I also engage in specialised research to inform curriculum development.
Relevant education/work experience
I hold a PhD, Masters in Applied Science (MAppSc), Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (BSc – Hum Nutr), Bachelor of Physical Education (First Class Honours) and a BPhed (Hons)
Previous roles include programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Sport Science/Human Nutrition at Ara Institute of Canterbury and Lecturer in Exercise Science at Massey at Wellington
Dr Sarah Snell
Academic Specialist, Learning Design, Information Technology, Information Systems and Library
Role at Open Polytechnic
My role is Academic Specialist, Learning Design, Information Technology, Information Systems and Library
I have a Teachers Diploma in Information Technology, a Bachelor of Applied Information Systems, Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Management), a Master of Management and a Doctorate in Science Education.
Relevant work experience
I have worked in the tertiary education sector since 1994 in a variety of academic and management roles in the areas of Business and Information Technology.
My research interests include gender and ICT, professional practice and soft skill requirements and learning environments.
Here are some of my latest research outputs:
Snell-Siddle, C., Snell, S., & Fisher, D. (2017). Tools of the trade: can mobile technologies enhance the learning experience in a tertiary environment? MIER Journal of Educational Studies, Trends & Practices, 1, (7), 14-23.
Snell, S. & Snell-Siddle, C. (2017). Mind the Gap: IT skills shortage – could cadets make the jump? Presented and in proceedings of the Computing and Information Technology Research and Education Conference 2017, Napier, NZ.
Snell, S., & Snell-Siddle, C. (2017). Connecting the dots: Academia, industry, online. Presented and in Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education Conference 2017, Queenstown, NZ.
Steele, A., Snell, S., & Snell-Siddle, C. (2016). Diversity down under: regional challenges placing international students in industry. Presented at the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education Conference 2016. Auckland, NZ.
Snell, S., Snell-Siddle, C.A. & Fisher, D. (2015). Yes, we want to be mobile!: differences in attitudes between gender and age of a mobile technology enhanced learning environment in a New Zealand tertiary institution. In Proceedings of and presented at the 8th International Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, November 21-24, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Snell-Siddle, C.A., Snell, S. & Fisher, D. (2015). Tools of the trade: can mobile technologies enhance the learning experience in a tertiary environment? In Proceedings of and presented at the 8th International Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, November 21-24, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Academic Specialist, Learning Design, Education