Removing Constraints through Sharing

Modelling Behaviors with OnBoard Skate

Below you can see a lesson (in edit mode) created in Stream using OnBoard Skate as a way to show students how the tools, techniques, theory and ethical lessons they learn can be put into practice. The lesson also shows how the learning of one cohort is shared with others so that the resource constantly improves and showcases the key concept of co-creation, a central feature of the course philosophy.

152304_2021_S2FS_ OnBoard Skate_ Edit.pdf

Blogging and Using Apps

(also see Reflections page for how my practices have changed over time)

"Service Thlinking' Blog

I have been using Google Blogger for over twelve years as a way to remember content and resources, to act as a platform for the development of better resources, and to make them available to a wider audience.

Go here to see 'Service Thlinking', which hosts blogs of resources, lectures, student creative work, student written work, explanations of my research in the context of teaching, and other material. There have been over 110 000 views.

'Diversity Thlinking' Blog

'Diversity Thlinking' has been going for over ten years to showcase resources and student work, and to act as a course memory.

Go here to see this blog.

Coggle Mind-mapping

I often use Coggle to plan lessons, summarize key chapters and readings, and as a basis of weekly delivery. All of my mindmaps are publicly available and my students can print them off, copy them and adapt them, or use them to follow course material. Mindmaps are also useful to create customer journey diagrams for student assessments.

Go here to see a basic library of Coggle maps used in teaching and learning.


I am a long-time user of Quizlet. Students can themselves decide how they want to engage in simple knowledge test banks using game-based activities.

Go here to see examples of Quizlet use for a Leadership Practice course.


Zotero is a well-known online library app. I share my libraries with students. They can use them when researching their topics or to find references. This is one strategy I use to help students extend themselves. I also set up libraries for most postgraduate students so that we can share resources and keep a track of key readings in a central repository.

You can go here far an example of one library.


One student commented, "I've never had a lecturer that shared their reference bank before!' There are no downsides to sharing in this way that I have experienced.


I regularly use Pinterest in my teaching and encourage students to contribute any interesting examples.

You can go here to see my queueing collection which I use to explain why queuing and waiting is an interesting issue and not a boring one.

Sharing Expertise

When guest lecturers or speakers come into class I seek to record so that material is shareable. I then share on the Stream site and post on my blog with permission. Examples are a talk from a courageous young woman, Mackenzie Kench on her experiences with discrimination and her work aspirations as a person with disabilities. Another example is a talk about encouraging more women and girls into squash by the Development Manager of Squash Auckland.

Go here for Mackenzie's speech and here for an example of a guest lecture.