I completed a post on vine, I went mostly OK considering I had not used it before.

I faced very similar problems to what my students face when trying to complete a post. It is always good learning to put yourself in the shoes of a student to see how hard it is to learn and prove it.

I struggled with the sharing and hashtag because I am used to using socialmedia that flows well together. This was a bit separated and I ended up copying a URL and pasting it in Twitter.

I hope to learn about hashtags as I know very little about how to use them and how they are beneficial.

Vine videos are awesome and I found some great DIY ones that showed how I could make short vids to show how to do a simple carpentry procedure. Watch out Bob Villa.


Certificate discussion site


There was a meeting of the ITP Trades Forum on the 20th of March. As a result of that meeting l am submitting feedback on behalf of the group as the Chair. The members present at the meeting yesterday are listed at the bottom of this letter.

The Trades Forum has the following concerns:
1. The lack of a Governance structure around the development of the qualification.

2. The lack of involvement of relevant stakeholders in the redevelopment of the qualification.
None of the members present at our meeting were aware of the re development of this qualification until the initial consultation period has closed, nor were they involved.

3. The qualification has changed significantly from its original intent when it was approved by
the Governance Group prior to being submitted to NZQA for Approval to Develop. This is not…

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Otago Master Builders support for the carpentry pre trade level 4 Otago polytechnic


Naylor Love construction have supported our carpentry course for many years and have alway employed their apprentices from our graduate list. They write in this letter very strong words of support and are very disappointed with the proposed changes to the carpentry qualification

One of the main drivers for this review was the number (30) of carpentry Pre-trade courses developed by ITP’s and registered with NZQA in response to BCITO decision to stop all off-site training for apprentice carpenters in the 1990’s

 These courses had to meet with industry approval before registration could occur. Since this time industry has developed a very clear understanding of both the content and the outcomes and this has turned into a very clear pathway for many people wanting to enter the building industry as apprentices

The proposed new qual being 60 credits, half of what the current qual will no longer meet industry expectation because the existing programme cannot be condensed into this qual with the same learning outcomes for both the students and the industry

 For this proposed qual to be successful and fill the large shortfall of knowledge when compared to the existing qual the credit levels need to be between 115-120 when taking into account the communications requirement of this qual

 The proposed qual in its present form is only a Foundation course and would serve very little purpose except for those students who have no idea which career they would like to pursue

 My communication with Industry to date is nothing short of shock as they like people who have attended both BCITO and TROQ review meeting were lead to believe that very little content etc would be changing 



Evaluation from peers

Received after I asked for some feedback on my web page.

Hi Matt,

Had a quick look at your great website and I am very impressed, but I will need to have a more detailed look in the next few days.

One thing I have noticed is that your link to stakeholder support is for the existing programme. Would stakeholders think that your proposed changes would improve student learning? How do you know? I don’t need letters of support, just a reflection from you that shows you have thought about it, and maybe talked to a few people about it, especially some students.

I’ll get back to you asap – but it looks as though you have addressed most of the requirements of assessments 3 and 4.

Cheers, Terry


hello Matt

good on you trying out a web page. For the work involved do you see advantages in using the website over your blog?

I see you have asked for feedback on your website. I see Matt that while I prefer a pale, clear design, you are obviously a fan of a dark background and bright colours. Whatever you decide on, the ultimate goal is to please the target audience and make it easy for them to navigate and read as well as interesting and presented in a way which captures their attention. There has been quite a lot written about web design and best practice and there are some good books in the library on this.

You might like to check out the web style guide at: http://webstyleguide.com/page/hierarchy.html

this outfit also mention a preference for subtle colours:
“Subtle pastel shades of colors typically found in nature make the best choices for background or minor elements. Avoid bold, highly saturated primary colors except in regions of maximum emphasis, and even there use them cautiously. ”

Also see general design considerations at: http://webstyleguide.com/page/general.html

What I have found useful when deciding on web design is to look at a few websites and evaluate the features I like or don’t like. That way you can establish a checklist about the design features such as: interface, navigation, clarity, readability, ease of understanding, etc.

It is important to have consistent styles as too many colours and different fonts can distract when what you want to do is attract the readers eye to the elements on the site.

Some examples of what I regard as best practice design:
http://marica.ako.net.nz/ – clean looking, eye drawn to graphics and text. good use of fonts to gain attention and wide range of media.
http://www.ewenger.com/ – some use of bright colours to gain attention, overall clean and easy to read, good use of text ‘chunking’.
http://lits.ilamsunset.com/ – busier, but still clean, good use of graphics, use of italics draws the eye but sometimes if too much it detracts.
http://www.downes.ca/ – a bit of scrolling and this works here. really like the layout of this one.

I have a feedback sheet I use to evaluate online materials on Blackboard which yoo may find useful. I will make it available to the class.


Hi Matt

Very impressive. Is this your final plan the one that we are meant to see. One of our final assignments? It looks like you have put a lot of work into it and thought it out. What you need to do, who you need to ask, moderation and timeline as well as the cost of everything.


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