Vilimaka Foliaki

Vilimaka Foliaki

Work History

Work History
Mar 2012 - Present

Fellow in Teacher Education

USP Institute of Education
Jan 2012 - Mar 2012

Learning Solutions Consulting

Provides a wide variety of services in student-centred learning designs and educational technology.

  • Website design
  • Online learning and teaching
  • ICT in education
  • Distance learning design
  • Web 2.0 in learning and teaching
  • Moodle and other Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Professional development and training of staff
  • Curriculum design (Pre-school - tertiary)
May 1995 - Dec 1998

Senior Lecturer - Science

Tonga National Form 7
Jun 1991 - May 1995

Assistant Teacher Graduate

Tonga College

Education

Education

Skills

Skills

Computer and ICT

  Windows MS Office Internet and Web 2.0 Social-networking Illustrator Adobe Macromedia Flash Fireworks Camtasia Studio Sugar and XO (OLPC) laptops Wiki skills Basic HTML Moodle  

Curriculum designing, Teacher Education Facilitation and Coordination

  • Coordinator and lecturer of Teaching Methods coursesBEd (Primary), BEd(Secondary), BAGCE, BScGCE, PGCE , School of Education, The University of the South Pacific.2003 - 2011
  • Course design and curriculum writing (2 courses: total of 14 units/chapters)BED (Primary) Externalisation Project (AusAID)School of EducationThe University of the South Pacific2003 - 2005
  • Course design and teaching (2 courses)Certificate in TeachingTonga Institute of EducationTonga Ministry of Education in Collaboration with the USP Institute of EducationMarch 2012 - Now
  • Course design and Practicum supervision (1 course)Certificate in Teaching ProgramTonga Institute of EducationTonga Ministry of Education in Collaboration with the USP Institute of EducationMarch 2012 - Now
  • Course design and teaching (2 courses)Graduate Certificate in Teaching ProgramTonga Institute of EducationTonga Minsitry of Education in Collaboration with the USP Institute of EducationMarch 2012 - Now
  • Practicum advising and supervisionBEd (Primary), BEd(Secondary), BAGCE, BScGCE, PGCE , School of Education, The University of the South Pacific.2003 - 2011
  • Science Teaching Workshop LecturerBEd (Primary), BEd(Secondary), BAGCE, BScGCE, PGCE , School of Education, The University of the South Pacific.2003 - 2011

ICT in Education efforts

I am a keen user of modern technology, Information and communication technologies in particular, in my work as an educator. Modern technology is here to stay, and the citizens of tomorrow are currently sitting in our classrooms today! A very important question which every educator must ask is: are we preparing our students for THEIR future? Our children and their children are and will be living in the era of the Internet and electronic media. How well are we preparing them to be responsible citizens in that future?The projects embedded on the right-hand panel are some examples of how I have promoted the use of ICT in the classroom.

Interests

  • Open Education
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Web 2.0 technologies
  • Climate change:
    • Science
    • Education
  • Ethics

Climate change efforts

  1. Organising committee memberRegional Planning workshop on Climate change education (organised by SPC and GIZ in collaboration with SPREP and USP)Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCPIR)Septemper 26-29, 2011Tanoa Hotel, NadiFiji Islands
  2. Presentation: Enhancing Climate change education using ICTCoping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCPIR)Septemper 26-29, 2011Tanoa Hotel, NadiFiji Islands
  3. Presentation: Climate change adaptation in the Pacific Islands: The ICT solution. Experts Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Islands Developing StatesSeptember 21-23, 2011NassauThe Commonwealth of the BahamasThe above presentation (and other presentations) highlighted the need to diversify the communication methods used in the area of climate change; the important role of effective communication, technology, and networking in enhancing climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. The participants outlined 20 recommendations which later contributed to the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (December 2011). The recommendations also contribute to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference - June 2012). (See Recommendation 14 which is directly about the above-mentioned presentation)
  4. ParticipantUNESCO International Seminar on Climate change EducationJuly 23 - 29, 2009UNSECO HQParisFrance
  5. WikiEducator pageClimate change and the Pacific Islands This webpage contains free e-learning content (Open Educational Resource) on Climate change and the Pacific Islands. It specifically highlights some of the current challenges the Pacific Islands face in adapting and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
  6. Presentation: Re-orienting the curriculum to enhance the relevance and inclusiveness of teaching and learning of Climate changeTalanga Seminar Series, 1 October 2009School of Education Laucala CampusThe University of the South Pacific
  7. Coursebook Chapter: The designed world. A unit of study in the course ED316 Science and Social Studies III BEd (Primary), School of EducationThe University of the South Pacific
  8. Coursebook Chapter: Interdisciplinary science A unit of study in the course ED216 Science and Social Studies IIBEd (Primary), School of EducationThe University of the South Pacific
  9. Presentation: Climate change and EducationCommunity workshop on Climate change Mitigation and AdaptationTonga Sub-regional TrainingAug 6 - 17, 2012Lopaukamea IITonga CampusThe University of the South Pacific