Merrolee Penman

Merolee Penman

Contact Details
The University of Sydney
C43 – Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
Lidcombe
NSW 2141 Australia
email: Merrolee.Penman@op.ac.nz
Blog: http://oteducation.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @merrolee

About Merrolee
Kia ora….   I am an occupational therapist, educator and researcher. I’ve taught in occupational therapy programmes in Australia, Scotland and New Zealand. I am currently working at the University of Sydney in Australia.  I have been an early adopter of technology since my early days as an OT (1983) even taking night classes for a little while as I strongly believed that computers would one day be important for our profession.

My research interests are centered around learning, whether that be for children with disabilities attending their local schools, learning of undergraduate students, or that of my colleagues in practice.  As part of this I’ve researched the use of technology to support professional learning of both occupational therapists and educators, and in the last couple of years have actively worked to increase our profession’s understanding of the possibilities of social networking tools to support our professional development. I recently completed a Doctor of Education from the University of Otago where I examined the extent to which New Zealand occupational therapists are ready to be self-directed learners.

I have used blogging, twitter, most of the Google tools, wikis, social bookmarking, Facebook and LinkedIn to ‘meet’ and come to know the OT4OT group.