Dr Paula Barnard-Ashton (PhD)

Dr Paula Barnard-Ashton (PhD)

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  • Age Level
    Ages 18+
  • Categories
    Physical Health & Wellness / Special Education / Business & Entrepreneurship / Careers and Management / Social and Emotional Health / Leadership / Digital Literacy / Technology
  • Guest Speaker Expertise
    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.

My Story

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.

Read my recent article: The integration of blended learning into an occupational therapy curriculum: a qualitative reflection in BMC Medical Education.

My Interests
Geocaching, wildlife, reading, crafts

Favorite Quote
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" Neale Donald Walsch

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