Learning Enablers in Post-Disaster Environment
Dani Rius MSc Applied (Industrial-Organizational) Psychology, MA Research Methods (Education, Dunelm, UK), BA Teaching Second Language, Strategic Intervention Coach (Tony Robbins Method)
Dani's latest science Master dissertation looked at learning and innovation enablers and obstacles and how these related to organizations' resilience during the post-earthquake period in Christchurch, New Zealand. In her previous Master's of Arts (Education) she studied intercultural communication/relationships and adaptation theories, culminating in a dissertation about international students' adaptation to university academic and social life while overseas.
Dani is a passionate educator shifting mindsets for continuous personal leadership growth and transformation necessary for cultivating adaptive resilience in these increasingly complex and volatile times. Through 30 years of working internationally with clients, leaders and students, and using her research and continuous studies to benefit her clients and practice, she has gained significant experience, which she communicates clearly in her speaking engagements. Dani is the recipient of both the Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze Toastmasters Awards.
When not studying, writing, or educating she works one on one as a coach, consultant, and facilitator and enjoys adapting to the learning needs and style of each client. Using mindfulness and visualization tools that her clients learn to adopt quickly, she is thrilled to be part of her clients' transformation and witness the positive influence on the people around them.
Empathy in Virtual Learning Environments
Dr Wayne Duncan EdD, MEd(Psych) Hons, BSc Dip Soc Sci, Dip Tch.
Dr. Wayne Duncan has been a primary and secondary school teacher, primary school Principal and secondary school Deputy Principal, an Itinerant Behavioural Advisor, and a finalist in the National Educational Teaching Awards (NEiTA). He has also undertaken a number of other roles from an Officer in the New Zealand Defence Force, Innovations Projects Manager for a regional development agency and Evaluation Lead for a regional sports trust.
He became interested in behaviour management specifically the importance of the social relational nature of learning and teaching. This prompted Wayne to pursue a Master’s in Educational Psychology and then a Doctor of Education focused on the nature and function of empathy in online learning environments.
Recently he has continued to focus on his interest in research, especially iterative dialogical research methodologies. Wayne enjoys exploring innovative ways to explore understandings with an innovative qualitative research methodology developed within his doctorate being published in the International Journal of Educational Research and Method and a chapter in a book “The Psychology of Empathy” . Using this methodology and related skills, he has undertaken a range of research projects in Health, Education and the Business sector. He is currently working in a research consultancy capacity.
Our mission is to become the learning hub of successful leaders of the future who will role modeling the humanistic behaviors needed for the increasingly complex and diverse business environment of today.
We Link the Latest Research with Practical Applications. These have been tested and we have experienced continuous success, reviewing and improving continually to adapt to clients, changes and circumstances.
Thank you so much Dani for sharing your work with VUSC Graduate Organizational Psychology students. Your research and application insights are most valuable, and will help our students in academic and professional development!
- Ludmila N. Praslova, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Graduate Organizational Psychology, Vanguard University, USA
Dani is very results driven, and we worked to ensure that I could see changes reflected in my team’s performance. My team have responded well to my firmer direction and more confident approach with a greater level of engagement and sharing of new ideas. Together we are working on a vision for the work that we do and I have been successful in achieving buy-in from everyone around this process.
Dani supports her coaching sessions with clear and professional online resources. I participated in her change management and customer service excellence modules. I found them to be concise, informative and helpful for implementing change.
- Sara Roberts, Learning and Teaching Services Manager, University of Canterbury, NZ
The first couple of visits Dani was very patient, calm, listened and quickly gained an insight to the underlining issues. During the subsequent sessions Dani equipped us with the tools to deal with the anxiety bought on by uncomfortable situations in front of peers. Not being much of a great communicator myself I felt I was able to easily open up and talk to Dani about my thoughts and feelings. She quickly pinpoints the root of a situation and provides helpful insights, ideas and questions to ponder. I feel more confident in utilising the tools given going forward. Coaching with Dani has definitely been a worthwhile investment. I would thoroughly recommend Dani for any anyone wanting to empower their personal development.
- Carmelle Hayes, Administrative, Ravensdown, NZ