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There is something about a start line that seems foreboding – a point of no return. Self-doubt creeps in – am I ready to start? Have I done enough? Will I last the distance? But on reflection perhaps there is no good time to start; no time of perfect preparedness. And so, I’m launching into the CMALT accreditation process. I’m also trying to get my doctoral studies off the ground, complete the HEA Fellowship process and build a house so sometimes I feel I am squeezed to even find time for my day job!

I began the accreditation process last year but really only got as far as doing a draft of the contextual statement so hoping that the #cmaltcmooc will provide the structure and support I need to not only start but to finish. What happens in between is at present unknown, but I relish the experiences and shared learning along the way.

 


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Since starting my employment and research career at AUT in 2014 I have been working toward the development of design-based research projects that aim to provide more authentic critical care educational experiences and learner-centred pedagogies within the emergent profession of Paramedicine education.

Paramedicine offers unlimited opportunities due to being a relatively new research environment. I aim to explore the critical care aspects of emergency medicine in relation to paramedic pre-hospital management of heart attack and hope to implement a strategy of immersive simulation to complement the practical concepts of paramedic care.

To date, my collaborative work with the centre for learning and teaching (C-fLAT) has produced several outputs and has led to interprofessional and interdisciplinary contributions with other departments within the Universities health school.

My journey as an emergent researcher has led me to several areas if interest. I am currently investigating the accuracy of pre-hospital paramedic S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) interpretation. This work is in conjunction with St John Ambulance, New Zealand and The Northern Regional Alliance. My aim is to help form understanding and a strategy to meet ministerial objectives, District Health board goals and a high standard of pre-hospital STEMI treatment protocol.

I am part of the lead investigation team reviewing the use of virtual reality for Paramedic scene orientation: Immersive 360 virtual reality orientation to promote scene awareness. This work will be expanded to include all health school departments and will form a catalyst for future work. To date, the investigation into 360-degree immersive environments has led to a collaboration with Chilean company ‘Embodied Reports’. Our work investigates virtual environments and Paramedical experiential data in order to guide decision-making via qualitative research methods and quantitative biometric feedback.

In addition, I am a practicing Intensive Care Paramedic with St John Ambulance and been qualified for over 18 years. This lends a real-world connection to my research and work.

As a novice researcher and a novice teacher I hope to find new ways to teach and engage the student that fits in with “today”. As a teacher of others my hope is to strike a chord in those I work with. For me, a motivation lays within rhizomatic learning and a particular statement that I use as a screen saver and as a reminder of not what i want to achieve but what we hope to achieve.
“I refuse to accept that my role as a teacher is to take the knowledge in my head and put it in someone else’s. That would make for a pretty limited world :). Why then do we teach? Are we passing on social mores? I want my students to know more than me at the end of my course. I want them to make connections i would never make. I want them to be prepared to change. I think having a set curriculum of things people are supposed to know encourages passivity. I don’t want that. We should not be preparing people for factories. I teach to try and organize people’s learning journeys… to create a context for them to learn in” (Cormier, 2011).

Rhizomatic learning acknowledges that learners come from different contexts, that they need different things, and it can never be presumed as to what those things are. Learning is a complex process of sense-making to which each learner brings their own context and has their own needs. It overturns conventional notions of instructional pedagogy by positing that “the community is the curriculum”; that learning is not designed around content but is instead a social process in which we learn with and from each other (Cormier 2011).

Paramedics are a funny lot. Not your traditional academics and not your traditional student as many will come with a practical sense of what ‘the role’ entails. It is only by showing them there is a potential for avenues and routes ahead that they might start to create and forge their own journey.

 

Reference

Cormier, D. (2011). Rhizomatic learning-why we teach. Why we teach? Retrieved from  http://davecormier.com/edblog/2011/11/05/rhizomatic-learning-why-learn/


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Most NZ Chinese are still in shock from the dramatic turn of event last night. But I saw many local Chinese media has changed the nickname of Jacinda Ardern from “Bunny Tooth Girl” to “Lady Ardern” to show their respect of the PM-designate.

However, from what I saw and heard, most of the local Chinese are unhappy about Labour’s policies. Complaints are viral on wechat claiming:

1, Drop of NZ currency

2, Benefit increase and free tertiary education

3, International students visa restriction

4, Work visa restrictions

5, Foreign speculator banned from house buying in NZ

6, and more…

And, I think their unhappiness are reasonable.

The successful businesses owned by the local Chinese (not Chinese companies such as Huawei or the Airlines) are mostly based in industries closely related to international education, immigration consultancy, international investment (property or business), currency trading, travel and import n export, all with/for Chinese customers in China. While the Labour policies seem to make their businesses harder, aren’t they?

I don’t want to attack the values of Labour here, because I understand there must be a reasonable way to explain why those policies came into form in the first place. And I believe such explanations should be given to the community in a more explicit manner. I don’t mean that Labour has the obligation to do such a thing, but it is something wise to do, especially with the Chinese Labour MP who can speak Mandarin.

In the meantime, the local Chinese businesses need to adapt, since they are risking their bread and butter if they only stay in the “niche market”. They need to see themselves as kiwi companies, instead of Chinese companies in New Zealand.

Labour proposes to pass the bill of Healthy Homes, demanding landlords to provide warm and clean rental homes for the tenants. You can interpret the policy as “to care for our people by asking our landlords to pay for the upgrade”, or you can see it as the opportunity to invest in your property to get in a good position to attract quality and long-term tenants.

Another example is the international students’ (IS) open visa. Labour proposes to remove such visas without a job offer for low-level qualification graduates, which is a big change, but not unpredictable. But many low-level IS came to New Zealand not contributing as much as what Labour and NZF are expecting. If you are a IS consultancy business, the best way out of this is to start to move your portfolio towards a higher qualification with effective support on the essential capabilities to study in NZ, such as English language proficiency, communication, critical thinking, etc, and it is your business to make these the selling points for acquisition.

Many people commented saying that the local Chinese were all on the National side, and National was selling the country to the Chinese. But the fact is, as immigrants themselves, there are many good reasons to fear a catastrophe the new government could bring about based on their policies and histories (NZF and Green), and most NZ Chinese are hard workers, never on benefit, good spenders, with great business acumen, friendly peacekeepers, honest and respectful citizens. They deserve a leader who also cares about what they care about.

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We all want to be on the winning side, and by all means, the local Chinese despise Winston Peters for his well-excused racism against immigrants, especially on the mothers and fathers of the new Chinese immigrants here in New Zealand.

Interestingly, I can’t help noticing something weird going on wechat today: after Peters revealed his choice of coalition earlier in the evening, a unity of complaints against the coalition government of Labour, NZF and Green has my wechat timeline filled. People become cynical and start cracking jokes about a serious plan to emigrate back to China, or Australia or Canada. Images been photoshopped or subtitled to show their disapproval, and others are calling upon a booze to quench the flames of their resentment. For a long while, there are people wailing and whining across the local Chinese community on wechat, it feels as if we were on the losing side, and it was an unfair game, and now we need to live with this undesirable trauma forever.

However I don’t think this election failed me, on the contrary, it taught me a lot and I can feel something is growing in the collective insights of the local Chinese community. As an ethnic minority, the local Chinese need to realise that we may have a voice, but our influence is limited. What we need to do is to learn to play the game, not to change the game.

Naisi Chen from Labour is the youngest Chinese candidate in the election history of New Zealand. Though she didn’t win, she was courageous enough to try to play the game, and that, I should say, set a great example for our youths.

Having a strong and capable opposition party is not exactly a bad thing, because we can make sure that the new government will need work their best to develop New Zealand, maybe in a different way, but into the similar better future.

And, are the policies from the coalition parties evil at all? Where did the local Chinese get such an impression that if they take the office, it is going to be a disaster? Or are we so getting used to being lazy that we just believe whatever people around us believe?

Some commented that no one but democracy won today. However, democracy makes us anxious and righteous when in power, and confident and persuasive when not. It is probably more valuable to learn to compromise and tolerate than to risk the bossy over-confidence.

While walking past the wail and whine, I say, do not despair, leave the politics to the politicians, focus on the things you can control and make changes where necessary to your own way of living. opportunities will be waiting ahead.