Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication Grants
Information about the Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publications Grants scheme and how to apply.
About the grants
The Good Practice Publication Grants (GPPG) scheme is a key mechanism through which good tertiary teaching and learning practice can be celebrated and promoted across the sector. Through the scheme, interesting and creative teaching and learning practice that has been shown to benefit learners is shared with educators so they might incorporate it into their practice.
The practices are shared either through a written summary or a multi-media presentation and are published on our website in the Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publications e-Book.
Priorities for 2014
While we welcome applications in any aspect of tertiary education, during 2014 there are three specific priority areas in which applications will be given special preference:
- good practice that has been shown to benefit Māori learners, their whānau, hapū, iwi and communities
- good practice that has been shown to benefit Pacific learners and their communities
- good practice that has been shown to benefit younger learners in tertiary education.
There are two GPPG streams
The Ako Aotearoa Individual/Group GPPG stream showcases proven good practice into tertiary teaching and learning by individuals/groups. The publication must include evidence of learner benefit through systematic collection of evidence.
The maximum grant allocation for a written account of good practice with suitable digital images is $3,000. Submissions may also be in the form of a digital video or multi-media presentation to a professional standard ($5,000 maximum).
The Ako Aotearoa Organisational GPPG stream will showcase suites of organisational strategies designed to improve teaching and learning that have been widely and sustainably implemented, and proven to be effective.
To be supported through this scheme, the organisational strategies must:
- Have been implemented for at least two years.
- Have been systematically evaluated either by way of robust evaluation or independent research to demonstrate learner benefit.
- Are subject to ongoing review based on clear evidence demonstrating that they are effective in enhancing learning.
To meet the criteria of an organisation in this context the strategies should involve either the whole organisation, or, for larger organisations in particular, an operational unit within that organisation that offers a portfolio of programmes or services (e.g. a teaching department, college, faculty, learning support centre, or library). We would expect an organisational unit within a larger organisation to comprise a minimum of 10 full-time equivalent staff.
The maximum grant allocation is $10,000 (GST inclusive). Publications must be in the form of either:
- a 2000 word summary accompanied by a digital video or multi-media presentation to a ‘professional standard’ of up to 10 minutes in length, or
- a 5000 word report with a brief executive summary.
Applying for a grant
For 2014 this will operate as an open fund - there are no set closing dates.
Any individual or group involved in tertiary education is eligible to apply. Applicants can apply on their own behalf or can nominate others (with permission of the nominees).
Read the Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication Grant Guidelines 2014 (226kb PDF) for eligibility criteria.
Applications must be emailed as a PDF file to the Ako Aotearoa Research Manager, Rhonda Thomson, R.Thomson@massey.ac.nz.
Please download and complete the application form:
Selection process and assessment criteria
Successful applicants are selected by Ako Aotearoa National Office, with advice as appropriate.
Applications are assessed against the following assessment criteria:
The teaching and learning practice is interesting, creative and empowering.
The practice has the potential to influence other tertiary educators in a way that enhances relationships and practice.
Where appropriate, the practice will make links with current research and/or literature on the subject. The development of the practice is recognised and celebrated.
The practice is supported by robust evidence, particularly by demonstrating the outcomes of the practice for learners.
Particular weight will be given to the fourth criterion above. Evidence may be through learner evaluations triangulated against learner achievement, or via independent evaluation or research, which has already been undertaken.
For more information contact your Ako Aotearoa Regional Hub.
- Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication Grant Guidelines 2014 (226kb PDF)
- Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication Grants Application Form 2014 (1.02mb DOCX)
- Ako Aotearoa Good Practice Publication Grants Policy 2014 (104 KB PDF)
These documents from Ako Aotearoa can help you to gather the evidence required for a Good Practice Publication or prepare for a funding application.
A Tertiary Practitioner's Guide
to collecting evidence of learner benefit > find out more
Creating sustainable change to improve outcomes for tertiary learners > find out more