I qualified as an occupational therapist in 1989 at LaTrobe University, Melbourne and later did my Master’s in OT at the University of Queensland. From July 2012 I will be teaching occupational therapy at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. As an OT I have worked in the area of mental health, vocational rehab and in a private surgical hospital, mostly with older adults. I became passionate about using online technology about 12 years ago and became more involved in using this technology when I started working at Deakin University in Australia.
I brought my passion and interest in online technology with me when I moved to the University of Alberta in 2007 where I met like-minded spirits Susan Burwash and Rashid Kashani. While working there I completed four research projects using online technology. One looked at students perceptions of using a wiki for group work collaboration, the other project looked at identifying safe ways to teach people with an acquired brain injury how to access the online world through blogs and Facebook. The fourth project is looking at how to safely teach people with ABI to use Facebook to connect online. I commenced PhD studies in September 2009 and I am looking at the role of online technologies for information management and knowledge transfer in occupational therapy education and practice, I aim to complete my PhD at the end of 2012. I routinely use Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogger, WordPress, Google Reader, iGoogle, Google Docs, Slide share, Camtasia, Pinterest and wikis. I have become a regular user of Twitter and find this especially useful to keep track of trending topics.