CV for Merle Hearns


  • Education
  • Blended, online, & activity-based learning
  • Teacher education
  • All arts, music, & dance
  • Virtual worlds
  • Technology for the future
  • Cultural differences
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Family history & NZ history

Education history

Doctor of Philosophy (under examination) (Degree) at University of New England (NSW)

2012 - February 2020

2017 - 2017

Employment history

2000 - February 2020

Most recently in the Tertiary Teaching Unit, teaching NZCATT, NZCALNE, GradCert eLearning, & Unit Standards 4098/11281. Previously taught Literacy, Te Tuara (Wellness), & Te Tiriti for the School of Foundation Studies, eCommunication for the Communications Department, Level 2-4 Computing for Business Services, Computing for Travel & Tourism, Computing in the Classroom for the Secondary Teaching MIT qualification, ESOL (including English Through Computing)

Address: Newbury St, Otara, Auckland, 2240
Speech & Drama Teacher at Self-employed
1995 - 1999
Ran PD sessions for local businesses at Self-employed
1995 - 1999
1991 - 1993

Taught Drama & English

Address: Dr. Pickering Ave, Manurewa, Auckland, 2102
1988 - 1990

Taught English, Life Skills, Home Economics, & Psychology

Address: 6 Collins Rd, Deanwell, 3206

Certifications, accreditations and awards

Ako Aotearoa/MIT funding for Kitely Literacy Game
MIT Academic Excellence Award winner
Lead educator for SLENZ (Second Life Education NZ) TEC funding
ITPNZ eCDF Minor Project
MIT Developmental funding grant

Books and publications


Published in the International Journal of Virtual & Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE)


In C. Nygaard, N. Courtney, E. Leigh (Eds.), Transforming University Teaching Into Learning Via Games, Simulations And Role-Plays, U.K.: Libri Publishing Ltd


in C.M. Klinger & N. Murray (Eds.) Proceedings of the 1st Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, 5-7 December 2011, Adelaide, Australia

Professional memberships

Member of NAEEA (National Association of Enabling Educators, Australia)
2014 - Current
Member of ascilite (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education )
2011 - Current
Member of the VWWG (Virtual Worlds Working Group)
2010 - Current
Member of Kiwi Educators & the SLENZ Project (Second Life Education NZ)
2008 - 2010
Member of the VLENZ Committee (Virtual Life Education NZ)
2010 - Current
Member of the NZ Association of Bridging Educators
2007 - 2008
Member of TESOLNZ
2004 - 2006
2004 - 2007

International Webmasters Association - HTML Writers Guild

Personal skills

  • Compassionate & caring
  • Charitable
  • Patient
  • Honest
  • Tolerant

Academic skills

  • Quick to learn
  • Flexible
  • Excellent memory
  • Skilled critical thinker
  • Open-minded

Work skills

  • Good team player
  • Hard working
  • Ability to teach a range of skills & subjects
  • Skilled organiser
  • Ability to produce professional results within deadlines

Personal goals

  • To make appropriate changes to improve health & well-being
  • To encourage & motivate my students & to pursue their dreams & aspirations
  • To facilitate learning, the development of an Education Survival Mind-set, & an appreciation of difference in lifelong learners

Academic goals

  • To incorporate technology into my teaching when it can be used to facilitate student learning objectives
  • To keep setting new educational goals & work to achieve them.
  • To continue to develop myself professionally

Career goals

  • To ensure students/trainees that I work with discover their potential & work to achieve their goals
  • To extend myself by taking on new challenges
  • To always keep abreast of technological changes & embrace them to motivate & engage learners

Personal information

Date of birth 5 July 1957
Place of birth Kitwe, Zambia
Citizenship NZ
Gender identity Woman
Marital status Divorced


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