Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

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  Lesley Smith
Head of College lsmith@op.ac.nz

Since graduating with a BIT in 2000, Lesley has worked in the roles of Senior Lecturer, Programme Manager and finally Head of School (since 2007). In 2013 the Schools of IT and Business were merged so Lesley became the Head of the new College of Enterprise and Development. A key part of her role is to build connections with local businesses, develop opportunities for knowledge transfer and to ensure the College is preparing students with the work ready skills they will need in the future.

Publications and Research

Mann,S., Smith,L. & Smith, H. (2012) Request for collaborators: SQUAWK. in Lopez, M., Verhaart. M (eds) 25th Annual Computing and Information Technology Education and Research in New Zealand. Christchurch 7-10th Oct. p147

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Administration

Tania Brendel
Operations Coordinator TaniaB@op.ac.nz

  Kylie Maihi
School Administrator KylieM@op.ac.nz

My hours of work are Wednesday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm

Christine Dyer
Administrator chrisd@op.ac.nz

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

Joy Gasson
Team Leader - BIT JoyG@op.ac.nz

  Hamish Smith
IT Certs - Programme Coordinator hamishs@op.ac.nz

Hamish is based in Paraparaumu in 2015 and is working from distance. Hamish has been teaching computing since 1994 and teaching at Otago Polytechnic since 2007. Since 2009, his roles have been split between Programme Manager Team Leader and teaching in the fields of software packages, computer networking, hardware, and project development. Hamish is involved in his local church, as well as other community involvement. He has a passion for supporting his local communities.

Publications and Research

Smith,H, Addison, A., Batuigas, L., Bracken, D., Caukill, M., Cook, S., Davy,J. Haden, P., McCarthy, C., McNab, S., Mann, S., Morton, S. Mumford, J., Otto, M., Parsons, D., Sutton, K., Trounson,, R. Whitney A. & Zhao.S. (2013) Relationships in Community Engagement. In Lopez, M, & Verhaart, (eds) Proceedings of CITRENZ 2013, Hamilton 6-9th Oct 2013 p130-135 http://www.citrenz.ac.nz/conferences/2013/pdf/2013CITRENZ_2_Smith43_CommunityEngagement.pdf

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Lecturers

Paul Admiraal
Lecturer padmiraal@op.ac.nz

  Patricia Haden
Principal Lecturer phaden@op.ac.nz

Patricia Haden holds a B.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego. After immigrating to New Zealand in 1994, she became the Director of Networked Medical Education at the University of Otago Medical School, developing software for teaching, training and assessment. She joined the School of ICT in 2002. She teaches advanced software development and is the Schools Research Coordinator.

Publications and Research

Parsons, D., Wood, K., Gasson, J. & Haden, P. (2016) Flying or Flailing: A Study of Affect when Learning to Program. Lightning Talk, International Computing Education Research Workshop, International Computing Education Research Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, September 8–12, 2016

https://icer.hosting.acm.org/icer-2016/lightning-talk-and-poster-abstracts/

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  Dale Parsons
Principal Lecturer dale@op.ac.nz

Dale is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Information Technology. She teaches programming in years 1 and 2 and Multimedia and Training in years 2 and 3. Her main area of research is in Computing Education, the focus for 2012 was pair programming and version control software.

Publications and Research

Wood,K., Parsons,D.,Gasson J., and Haden,P. (2016) Flying or Flailing: A Study of Affect when Learning to Program Lightning Talk, International Computing Education Research Workshop, International Computing Education Research Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, September 8–12, 2016

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Elise Allen
Lecturer eallen@op.ac.nz

Peter Brook
Principal Lecturer peterb@op.ac.nz

  Krissi Wood
Lecturer KrissieW@op.ac.nz

Krissi is a BIT graduate from 2005, who has returned to the Polytechnic after a number of years in Industry. She is a lecturer in the School of Information Technology, where she teaches Programming, PC Maintenance and Web programming in first year and Databases in second year. Her main area of research is in Computing Education and the focus for 2012 was pair programming and version control software.

Publications and Research

Wood, K., Parsons, D., Gasson, J., Haden, P (2016) Flying or Flailing: A Study of Affect when Learning to Program Lightning Talk, International Computing Education Research Workshop, International Computing Education Research Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, September 8-12, 2016

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Michael Holtz
Lecturer mholtz@op.ac.nz

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Vaughn Malkin
Lecturer VaughnM@op.ac.nz

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  David Rozado
Lecturer drozado@op.ac.nz

David Rozado holds a B.Sc. in Information Systems from Boston University, a M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from the Free University of Berlin and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Madrid. David joined Otago Polytechnic early in 2015. His main area of research is in Human computer interaction with a focus on accessibility software and assistive technologies for people with motor impairment. He currently teaches Web programming 3, Databases 3 (with an emphasis in data miningmachine learning) and final year Project.

Publications and Research

Rozado, D. Macneill, A. Mazur, D (2016) VoxVisio – Combining Gaze and Speech for Accessible HCI http://www.resna.org/sites/default/files/conference/2016/cac/rozado.html

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  Adon Moskal
Lecturer adonm@op.ac.nz

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Publications and Research

McDonald, J., Bird, R., Zouaq, A. & Moskal, A.C.M. (2017) Short answers to deep questions: supporting teachers in large-class settings. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. doi:10.1111/jcal.12178

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Nathan Rountree
Principal Lecturer NathanR@op.ac.nz

Thomas Laurenson
Lecturer ThomasL@op.ac.nz

  Rachel Trounson
Lecturer CIT rachelt@op.ac.nz

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Education) from Otago University, and then graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology from Otago Polytechnic in 1999. I started teaching night classes at Otago Polytechnic while in my final year of the BIT degree. I currently teach in the Certificate in Information Technology level 3 and level 4, focusing on Software Applications and Programming.

Publications and Research

Smith,H, Addison, A., Batuigas, L., Bracken, D., Caukill, M., Cook, S., Davy,J. Haden, P., McCarthy, C., McNab, S., Mann, S., Morton, S. Mumford, J., Otto, M., Parsons, D., Sutton, K., Trounson,, R. Whitney A. & Zhao.S. (2013) Relationships in Community Engagement. In Lopez, M, & Verhaart, (eds) Proceedings of CITRENZ 2013, Hamilton 6-9th Oct 2013 p130-135 http://www.citrenz.ac.nz/conferences/2013/pdf/2013CITRENZ_2_Smith43_CommunityEngagement.pdf

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  Lyn Blair
Lecturer LynB@op.ac.nz

Lyn has been working for Otago Polytechnic for 10 years. Before this, she worked with adults in Literacy and numeracy. She currently teaches computing, Organisational management, and Busienss Communication in both the degree and diploma programmes.

Technicians

Rob Broadley
Technician/Systems Administrator rbroadley@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

Donna Kennedy
donnak@op.ac.nz