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Paula is a lecturer in occupational therapy related to child development, learning difficulties, ASD, DCD, and Ayre's Sensory Integration.
Paula has a passion for EdTech in higher education - integrating tech into the curriculum.
Paula lives with Ankylosing Spondylitis & shares her journey.
I was one of the lucky kids to have a primary school teacher for a mom - especially when she jumped into the world of computer science. I grew up with a computer at home when my friends parents thought computers would never be something they owned. I qualified as an occupational therapist, specialised in child development, learning difficulties and sensory integration and practiced in mainstream and remedial pre-school and primary school settings. I entered academia in 2001 lecturing the paediatrics modules for undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy. My tech-savvy skills quickly gained a reputation, making me the go-to person when someone needed help with a computing glitch.
For the past 8 years, I have managed the drive towards blended learning in the School of Therapeutic Sciences. I love seeing how lecturers and students are using technology to support their teaching and learning activities. I am doing my PhD on the integration of blended learning into the occupational therapy curriculum. My recent highlight is the development of the eZone - a technology-rich, active, flexible learning space in collaboration with the Wits School of Education and Wits School of Therapeutic Sciences.