Dr Merrolee Penman

EdD Otago, ​MA(Educ) Otago, DipTeach(Tert) Christchurch College of Education, PGDipHlthSci Curtin DipOT CIT
Senior Lecturer, Work Integrated Learning

C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7425

Biographical details

Merrolee's expertise is in learning, whether that be of occupational therapists, occupational therapy students or children with learning needs attending their local school.

Research interests

Merrolee is a member of the following research teams:

Wobbly Hub

  • self-directed learning of health practitioners
  • use of social media to support and enable ongoing learning ongoing learning
  • digital information literacy
  • supporting children's access to the curriculum

Teaching and supervision

  • Work-integrated learning
  • Self-directed learning
  • Occupational therapy role and practices in inclusive education
  • Supervision of masters and honours students

Awards and honours

2012 - Pearson Always Learning Award for Occupational Therapists finalist.

2011- New Zealand Delegate to World Federation of Occupational Therapists (voted to position by members of New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists)

2009 -Otago Polytechnic Excellence in Leadership Award

2006 -Frances Rutherford Lecture Award (2006), New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists

2004/5 -Flexible Learning Leader in New Zealand Award

Themes

Health Systems and Global Populations

Selected grants

2012

  • Joint research project with University of New Hampshire, USA and Otago Polytechnic to investigate the readiness of first and second year students to be self-directed learners; Penman M; Otago Polytechnic/Otago Polytechnic Research.

2008

  • Developing digital information literacy in higher education: Obstacles and supports for research team; Penman M; Ministry of Education - NZ/Tertiary eLearning Research Fund.

2007

  • An examination of the new graduate and recent migrant occupational therapists perspectives on work preparedness, professional development and work environment issues; Clark M, Thomas Y, Trevan-Hawke J, Penman M, Gray M; ANZ Council of Occupational Therapists/Registration Boards Grants.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Hegarty, B., Penman, M., Kelly, O., Jeffrey, L., Coburn, D., McDonald, J. (2009). Digital Information Literacy: Supported Development of Capability in Tertiary Environments. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago Polytechnic.

Book Chapters

  • Penman, M. (2011). Good Practice Guide 10: Using Social Networking Tools to Support Communities of Practice. In Rodger, S (Eds.), Good Practice Guides and Cases to Support Curriculum Development and Renewal in Occupational Therapy, (pp. 54-59). Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Press.
  • Hamilton, A., Penman, M. (2010). Using Digital Technology for Knowledge Transfer. In K. Stagnitti, A. Schoo & D. Welch (Eds.), Clinical and Fieldwork Placement in the Health Professions, (pp. 231-245). Oxford University Press.
  • Penman, M., Donnelly, C., Drynan, D. (2010). Using Information and Communication Technology in Fieldwork Education: Issues and Possibilities. In McAllister, L, Paterson, M., Higgs, J. & Bithell, C. (Eds.), Innovations in Allied Health Fieldwork Education: A Critical Appraisal, (pp. 153-166). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Journals

  • Gray, M., Clark, M., Penman, M., Smith, J., Bell, J., Thomas, Y., Trevan-Hawke, J. (2012). New graduate occupational therapists feelings of preparedness for practice in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(6), 445-455. [More Information]
  • Yan, Y., Sinclair, K., Penman, M. (2012). Using social networking for professional development of occupational therapy throughout the People’s Republic of China. World Federation of Occupational Therapy Bulletin, 66, 47-49.
  • Jeffrey, L., Hegarty, B., Kelly, O., Penman, M., Coburn, D., McDonald, J. (2011). Developing digital information literacy in higher education: Obstacles and supports. Journal of Information Technology Research, 10(1), 383-413.
  • Wilson, L., Penman, M., Robertson, L., Herkt, J., Robinson, R., Pettigrew, N. (2011). Learning from our colleagues. Scope: Learning and Teaching, November, 90-109.
  • Robinson, R., Penman, M. (2011). Viewing development through an occupational lens: Learning to handwrite. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58(2), 23-29.
  • Hemmingsson, H., Penman, M. (2010). Making Children’s Voices Visible: The School Setting Interview (SSI). Kairaranga, 11(1), 45-49.
  • Bodell, S., Hook, A., Penman, M., Wade, W. (2009). Creating a learning community in today's world: How blogging can facilitate continuing professional development and international learning. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(6), 279-281.
  • Penman, M. (2008). The use of blogging to support professional learning. Health Care and Informatics Review Online, 12(2), 58-635.
  • Hasselbusch, A., Penman, M. (2008). Working Together: An occupational therapy perspective on collaborative consultation. Kairaranga, 9(1), 24-31.

Conferences

  • Burwash, S., Hamilton, A., Penman, M., Jacobs, K., Hook, A., Bodell, S. (2012). Learning with colleagues wearing PJs: Lessons from OT24VX. 92nd American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference (AOTA 2012), Indianapolis, United States: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Burwash, S., Hamilton, A., Penman, M., Jacobs, K., Hook, A., Bodell, S. (2012). Learning with global colleagues: Lessons from the occupational therapy virtual exchange. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2012, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Penman, M., Rodger, S. (2011). Creating social presence within virtual communities of practice. OT Australia 24th National Conference, Queensland.
  • Penman, M., Lai, K. (2011). Readiness to be self-directed leaners: Do we have what it takes? OT Australia 24th National Conference, Queensland.
  • Simmons Carlsson, C., Penman, M. (2010). CCFR objective writing 101: how to take the 'angst' out of it? New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Clinical Workshops, Waitangi, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Penman, M., Hasselbusch, A. (2010). Enabling student participation in regular primary schools: Introducing a school-based occupational therapy practice framework. American Occupational Therapy Association 90th Annual Conference & Expo, Orlando, United States: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Clark, M., Gray, M., Penman, M., Thomas, Y., Trevan-Hawke, J., Smith, J., Bell, J. (2010). Near-misses and mistakes among new graduate occupational therapists in Australia and New Zealand. 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile: World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • Lyttle, A., Penman, M. (2010). Online occupational therapy practice: What to consider when creating our place online. New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Conference 2010, Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Penman, M., Wright-St Clair, V., Hocking, C. (2010). Poster Presentations: Another way to communicate good practice. New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Clinical Workshops, Waitangi, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Paterson, M., Robertson, L., Lysaght, R., Penman, M. (2010). Reflective learning in cyberspace: An international learning opportunity. 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile: World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • Penman, M., Lai, K. (2010). The CCFR.. in reality a self-directed learning process. Do we have what it takes? New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Conference 2010, Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Hamilton, A., Penman, M., Burwash, S., Bodell, S., Hayward, C., Hook, A., Guetschow, J., Kashani, R. (2010). Using online technologies in occupational therapy practice: A participatory workshop for therapists. 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile: World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • Kelly, O., Coburn, D., Hegarty, B., Jeffrey, L., Penman, M. (2009). Don't dilly dally on the way: Driving towards digital information literacy capability. 26th Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference ASCILITE 2009, New Zealand: University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, ASCILITE.
  • Hasselbusch, A., Penman, M. (2009). School-based occupational therapy: Enabling student participation through collaborative consultation. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 2009 Conference, Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Hasselbusch, A., Penman, M., Bundy, A. (2008). Collaborative consultation in school-based practice. A grounded theory perspective. College of Occupational Therapists 32nd Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
  • Chard, G., Henare, D., Penman, M. (2008). Delivering AMPS by distance learning: The New Zealand experience. 2008 INTERNATIONAL AMPS SYMPOSIUM “Measuring, Planning, and Implementing Occupation-based Programs�?, Halifax, Canada: Dalhousie University.
  • Penman, M. (2008). How can Web 2.0 tools be used by occupational therapists as a way of meeting their professional development needs? Eighth European and 53rd German Congress of Occupational Therapy, Hamburg, Germany: German Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Bodell, S., Penman, M., Hook, A., Wade, W., Berry, N. (2008). Is social networking/websites bringing occupational therapists together? College of Occupational Therapists 32nd Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
  • Chard, G., Henare, D., Penman, M. (2008). Learning the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) by distance education. College of Occupational Therapists 32nd Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
  • Penman, M., Millsteed, J. (2008). Web 2.0 - A potential bridge for the theory-practice divide. Occupational Therapy Australia 23rd National Conference & Exhibition 2008, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Other

  • Clark, M., Gray, M., Trevan-Hawke, J., Penman, M., Thomas, Y., Smith, J., Bell, J. (2008), "An examination of the new graduate and recent migrant occupational therapists perspectives on work preparedness, professional development and work environment issues", Rehabilitation Science, James Cook University, Townsville.

2012

  • Burwash, S., Hamilton, A., Penman, M., Jacobs, K., Hook, A., Bodell, S. (2012). Learning with colleagues wearing PJs: Lessons from OT24VX. 92nd American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference (AOTA 2012), Indianapolis, United States: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Burwash, S., Hamilton, A., Penman, M., Jacobs, K., Hook, A., Bodell, S. (2012). Learning with global colleagues: Lessons from the occupational therapy virtual exchange. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2012, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Gray, M., Clark, M., Penman, M., Smith, J., Bell, J., Thomas, Y., Trevan-Hawke, J. (2012). New graduate occupational therapists feelings of preparedness for practice in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(6), 445-455. [More Information]
  • Yan, Y., Sinclair, K., Penman, M. (2012). Using social networking for professional development of occupational therapy throughout the People’s Republic of China. World Federation of Occupational Therapy Bulletin, 66, 47-49.

2011

  • Penman, M., Rodger, S. (2011). Creating social presence within virtual communities of practice. OT Australia 24th National Conference, Queensland.
  • Jeffrey, L., Hegarty, B., Kelly, O., Penman, M., Coburn, D., McDonald, J. (2011). Developing digital information literacy in higher education: Obstacles and supports. Journal of Information Technology Research, 10(1), 383-413.
  • Penman, M. (2011). Good Practice Guide 10: Using Social Networking Tools to Support Communities of Practice. In Rodger, S (Eds.), Good Practice Guides and Cases to Support Curriculum Development and Renewal in Occupational Therapy, (pp. 54-59). Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Press.
  • Wilson, L., Penman, M., Robertson, L., Herkt, J., Robinson, R., Pettigrew, N. (2011). Learning from our colleagues. Scope: Learning and Teaching, November, 90-109.
  • Penman, M., Lai, K. (2011). Readiness to be self-directed leaners: Do we have what it takes? OT Australia 24th National Conference, Queensland.
  • Robinson, R., Penman, M. (2011). Viewing development through an occupational lens: Learning to handwrite. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58(2), 23-29.

2010

  • Simmons Carlsson, C., Penman, M. (2010). CCFR objective writing 101: how to take the 'angst' out of it? New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Clinical Workshops, Waitangi, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Penman, M., Hasselbusch, A. (2010). Enabling student participation in regular primary schools: Introducing a school-based occupational therapy practice framework. American Occupational Therapy Association 90th Annual Conference & Expo, Orlando, United States: American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
  • Hemmingsson, H., Penman, M. (2010). Making Children’s Voices Visible: The School Setting Interview (SSI). Kairaranga, 11(1), 45-49.
  • Clark, M., Gray, M., Penman, M., Thomas, Y., Trevan-Hawke, J., Smith, J., Bell, J. (2010). Near-misses and mistakes among new graduate occupational therapists in Australia and New Zealand. 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile: World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • Lyttle, A., Penman, M. (2010). Online occupational therapy practice: What to consider when creating our place online. New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Conference 2010, Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Penman, M., Wright-St Clair, V., Hocking, C. (2010). Poster Presentations: Another way to communicate good practice. New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Clinical Workshops, Waitangi, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Paterson, M., Robertson, L., Lysaght, R., Penman, M. (2010). Reflective learning in cyberspace: An international learning opportunity. 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile: World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  • Penman, M., Lai, K. (2010). The CCFR.. in reality a self-directed learning process. Do we have what it takes? New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Conference 2010, Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Hamilton, A., Penman, M. (2010). Using Digital Technology for Knowledge Transfer. In K. Stagnitti, A. Schoo & D. Welch (Eds.), Clinical and Fieldwork Placement in the Health Professions, (pp. 231-245). Oxford University Press.
  • Penman, M., Donnelly, C., Drynan, D. (2010). Using Information and Communication Technology in Fieldwork Education: Issues and Possibilities. In McAllister, L, Paterson, M., Higgs, J. & Bithell, C. (Eds.), Innovations in Allied Health Fieldwork Education: A Critical Appraisal, (pp. 153-166). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Hamilton, A., Penman, M., Burwash, S., Bodell, S., Hayward, C., Hook, A., Guetschow, J., Kashani, R. (2010). Using online technologies in occupational therapy practice: A participatory workshop for therapists. 15th World Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Chile: World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

2009

  • Bodell, S., Hook, A., Penman, M., Wade, W. (2009). Creating a learning community in today's world: How blogging can facilitate continuing professional development and international learning. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(6), 279-281.
  • Hegarty, B., Penman, M., Kelly, O., Jeffrey, L., Coburn, D., McDonald, J. (2009). Digital Information Literacy: Supported Development of Capability in Tertiary Environments. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago Polytechnic.
  • Kelly, O., Coburn, D., Hegarty, B., Jeffrey, L., Penman, M. (2009). Don't dilly dally on the way: Driving towards digital information literacy capability. 26th Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference ASCILITE 2009, New Zealand: University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, ASCILITE.
  • Hasselbusch, A., Penman, M. (2009). School-based occupational therapy: Enabling student participation through collaborative consultation. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 2009 Conference, Ottawa, Canada: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

2008

  • Clark, M., Gray, M., Trevan-Hawke, J., Penman, M., Thomas, Y., Smith, J., Bell, J. (2008), "An examination of the new graduate and recent migrant occupational therapists perspectives on work preparedness, professional development and work environment issues", Rehabilitation Science, James Cook University, Townsville.
  • Hasselbusch, A., Penman, M., Bundy, A. (2008). Collaborative consultation in school-based practice. A grounded theory perspective. College of Occupational Therapists 32nd Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
  • Chard, G., Henare, D., Penman, M. (2008). Delivering AMPS by distance learning: The New Zealand experience. 2008 INTERNATIONAL AMPS SYMPOSIUM “Measuring, Planning, and Implementing Occupation-based Programs�?, Halifax, Canada: Dalhousie University.
  • Penman, M. (2008). How can Web 2.0 tools be used by occupational therapists as a way of meeting their professional development needs? Eighth European and 53rd German Congress of Occupational Therapy, Hamburg, Germany: German Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Bodell, S., Penman, M., Hook, A., Wade, W., Berry, N. (2008). Is social networking/websites bringing occupational therapists together? College of Occupational Therapists 32nd Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
  • Chard, G., Henare, D., Penman, M. (2008). Learning the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) by distance education. College of Occupational Therapists 32nd Annual Conference, Harrogate, United Kingdom: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.
  • Penman, M. (2008). The use of blogging to support professional learning. Health Care and Informatics Review Online, 12(2), 58-635.
  • Penman, M., Millsteed, J. (2008). Web 2.0 - A potential bridge for the theory-practice divide. Occupational Therapy Australia 23rd National Conference & Exhibition 2008, Melbourne, Australia: Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Hasselbusch, A., Penman, M. (2008). Working Together: An occupational therapy perspective on collaborative consultation. Kairaranga, 9(1), 24-31.

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