Waitemata District Health Board elearning

I am currently employed part-time as a Senior elearning designer and developer at Waitemata District Health Board.

First, some bragging:

Platinum LearnX Award 2015 for Rapid Authoring

Fire safety
Fire safety

Fire awareness training: scenariobased course focusing on actions to take when fire or smoke is detected, dependent on role and situation.

You can view the full course here on the Awhina website


Our Learning Technologies team has brought in a tsunami of changes:

  • scenario-based elearning design derived from Cathy Moore’s action mapping
  • a process of agile elearning development reducing turnaround time for projects to 12-15 weeks
  • intense collaborative working processes
  • move towards a collective learning management system shared by  a large number of DHB’s
  • integrated learning experience on Totara course pages.

Other courses developed:


Privacy: course where we heightened the awareness of the learner about patient privacy issues by placing them in the breach situations directly, using their login to retrieve name.

Infection control
Infection control

Infection control: 5 module scenariobased and gamified course, where the learner needs to solve situations helped by an extensive virtual tablet on the side providing just-in-time information

Health and Safety course
Health and Safety course

Occupational Health and Safety: scenariobased course guided by a comic cartoon superheroine coming in to help the learner solve situations in a gamified hospital environment

Acute Care training – elearning as part of blended learning approach. Learner applies the ABCDE principle in acute situations, to prepare for extensive simulation training in classroom

ECG 12 lead training

Mental Health Information for families

Nursing Code of Conduct

Boating modules and games for Boating Education NZ

Kayaking Safety module (2009)

Scenario-based e-learning module for general public.

Aim: Teaching and testing the ten most important safety points for people going on a sea kayaking trip.

  • Work: design and development
    Concept and instructional design, initial storyboard (walkthrough) in Captivate, final module custom developed in Flash with DB connection in php to capture user data.
  • Look and feel/photography by client marketing agency.
  • View live on www.boatingeducation.org.nz

Jetski edugame (2010)

Scenario-based educational game for general public.

Aim: teaching and testing the ten most important safety points for people going on a jetski trip.

Powerboat fishing challenge (2011)

Scenario-based educational game on powerboat safety, including social media connection (Facebook). Play alternates between safety tests, boat navigation and fishing game.

Medical – ADHB

As a freelance instructional designer and e-learning developer (custom Flash and Captivate – 2007 – 2009) I assisted ADHB in creating engaging online learning for nurses and small online tools, working together with nurse educators.

In several cases, this assisted a ‘flipped classroom’ approach: nurses would study equipment and procedures online before a workshop, saving precious time for practice and procedures. The material were created as custom Flash or Captivate courses and animations. This included integration of audio, video and the creation of xml-based templates for easy reuse of learning formats.

Currently I work as an e-learning instructional designer for the largest DHB in New Zealand, working in Totara, Articulate Storyline and Branchtrack.

Some examples:

  • Cannulation (identifying equipment/understanding procedures)
  • Tracheostomy (identify equipment / load trolley)
  • Sleeping index (self tests for doctors)
  • Brachial ankle index (instruction course / custom calculator)
  • Emergency staffing calculator
  • Medtronic pacemaker manual
  • Cardiac rythm identification

Work @ Kineo Pacific (2011 – 2013)

kineoFrom sept 2011 – 2013 was employed as a Senior Instructional Designer at market leading learning solutions company Kineo Pacific.
As I am of course bound by confidentiality towards our clients, this is a brief description of the projects I worked on.

  • Award winning – Learnx 2014  Platinum Best eLearning Model Online
    E-learning modules on NZ educational system for overseas sales agents promoting NZ Education.
    My role: High level design model and detailed instructional design 7 modules together with the amazing Rachel Teasdale.
    Storyboarding developed in Articulate Storyline.

    Read the case study

  • Face-to-face workshops on home lending for large Australasian bank.
    My role: high level and detailed instructional design of workshops, including facilitator guides, workbooks and classroom materials. Team development of materials.
  • Scenario-based code of conduct course for international mining company.
    My role: concept and instructional design. Developed in Articulate Studio by Kineo development team.
  • E-learning course on basics of LEAN in healthcare for government client.
    My role: instructional design. Developed in HTML by Kineo development team.
  • E-learning course for travel agent about tour operator programmes.
    My role: concept and instructional design. Developed by Kineo team in Captivate 6.
  • Competency assessment tools for medical screeners.
    My role: concept and instructional design of Totara course page, scenario-based assessment.
    Developed in Captivate by Kineo Development team.
  • E-learning modules for overseas travel agents about New Zealand’s regions and touristic attractions.
    My role: concepts and instructional design for Articulate Storyline.
  • E-learning course about Document Management for government client.
    My role: course concept and instructional design, development in Articulate Studio.
  • Online compliance course for international mining company.
    My role: course concept and instructional design. Basic setup in Articulate Studio, finalised by Kineo graphics and development team.
  • and more…

U&I Learning (2002 – 2006)

During the years at U&I Learning I worked together with the great team at VDAB, one of the largest work-related education providers in Belgium to create a number of online people skills courses.

The courses consisted of self-paced learning, supported by an online coach reachable by e-mail and online chat.

For all these courses I was in charge of

  • high level design and team lead
  • collaborative instructional design with team of SME’s
  • html build in the LMS authoring tool
  • creation of basic Flash animations

Car Search course for European Commission Customs (2005) 

Europe-wide course for Taxation and Customs Union of European Commission on searching cars for contraband.

View a demo of the course here


  • Team lead of 7 people design and development team
  • Work with team of 25 SME’s from all European Countries non-EU border countries
  • Instructional design