I used diverse research methods and instruments to identify suitable educational content for the implementation of online resources to be used by first year students, tutors, lectures working on the preparation of their academic advancement portfolio, and the design of student evaluations. These are:
"My Otago First Year" website
"Otago Teaching Profile" (OTP) booklet
Tutoring & Demonstrating (TD) website
Evaluation Guide (EG) website (not publicly available yet)
These self-publishing educational resources were developed in the Magnolia Content Management System and Microsoft Word,, which are software applications that members of the Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) already proficiently use.
Taken early at the start of the projects, the decision of using "non-designer" software meant that course managers, lecturers and tutors, plus student support experts could easily update each resource (content, photos, videos, links) without the need of a technical expert in the areas of design or information technology. Since I completed the projects in late 2010, these websites have been updated a number times by the people directly responsible for them.
These projects of varied sizes combined created the opportunity to learn about this community of practice and their needs regarding autonomy in the process of designing educational resources to support learning activities within a university setting in a timely manner.