As the owner of this website, let me tell you a little bit about my passion and my journey through all things education. I am an experienced, capable and dedicated educational change agent, highly motivated, with initiative and a track record in setting strategic direction and leading transformation. Researching Curriculum and Technology Innovation and change are my passions.
In 2015 I had the amazing opportunity to work with a small University in Uganda, running professional development geared around quality teaching and learning practices. This is my passion. Prior to this, I worked at the University of Canberra, supporting Faculty of Health staff in the development of new models of teaching and learning as part of the University-wide SAFFIRE project, a $25 million project to implement online learning.
As an educator with passion, for a while, I ran a business delivering online consultancy services to the education sector in curriculum development, integration of technology, and Professional Learning to teachers, focused on inclusive education. My business was about helping passionate educators, be the best they can be, promoting not only learning but a lifelong love of learning, creating inclusive environments that authentically models the kind of world we want for our children.
As part of my business, I have undertaken some exciting projects including project managing the implementation and operationalization of Bluegem Software for an Australian-wide Registered Training College, part of a team to develop an Industrial Design curriculum for a women’s only University in Dammam, Strategic business planning for degree programs within an Australian University, Corporate Governance training for the start-up University in Uganda, and providing PD to support the implementation of online learning at a University, as just some examples of my work.
My educational background.
I have been working in education since 1987. In that time I have worked as a teacher (K-12), education researcher, educational/instructional designer, teacher educator, professional development coordinator, senior education manager in various educational institutions, a private education consultant, in recent years a small business owner, and as a website designer and developer – including the use of web analytics. The image of the mosaic above tries to capture that. It does appear slightly ordered and gives a sense of control, but in reality, the image shows the boundless opportunities that exist, hints at other areas, and suggests places where I might add more tiles and grow the mosaic as I grow my experiences.
I have extensive experience in education and governance and have had the opportunity to work in a number of education systems where I have sought to promote equality of access, inclusive and collaborative practices, and effective governance systems to support them. This has included the school (K-12) sector, Higher Education, and Vocational Education and Training sectors. But I think some of my favourite times have been when I have travelled overseas to support the work of developing education systems. You can read some of those stories on my blog here.
Over many years I have been involved in education research and the implementation of research practice, a key focus for me in introducing innovative practices. Some of this research has been written and published, and other work has been written and presented, but not previously published. I am using this website to publish some of these materials for the interest of others. The research continues, and I use the opportunities that come to me to support this ongoing work, both here in Australia and overseas.
Please browse this website to learn more about what I do. And don’t hesitate to contact me to get more information or engage with me for an exciting project, you won’t regret the decision to engage!
You can also view more about me at my public LinkedIn Profile: Karin Oerlemans