Northern Hub showcases great teachers
Ako Aotearoa’s Northern Hub's Community Showcase day on 15 October provided attendees with a snapshot of Ako Aotearoa’s professional development workshops, project funding partners and its role as facilitator of the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.
Northern Hub Regional Manager Ruth Peterson says the success of these showcase days can largely be attributed to the interactive and insightful contributions of the presenters. This year they included:
Cath Fraser (Research Support at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic), who gave participants a taster of the professional development workshop Teaching Tips 2: Key Principles that inform learning, which is part of Ako Aotearoa’s PD programme.
Andy Ballard (Otago Polytechnic Auckland Campus), 2014 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEA) recipient, demonstrated his teaching prowess by engaging the audience in a game demonstrating the impact of levels of power within a classroom.
Marie McEntee (University of Auckland), 2015 TTEA recipient, told of her successful 3-step process to development academic literacy. This involves asking students to pose a question, then collect a minimum of four pieces of literature about their question and develop this information into a presentation and an academic poster.
Merle Hearns (Manukau Institute of Technology) and Aaron Griffiths presented the game The Mythical World of Hinatore which helps learners develop literacy and numeracy. They discussed the development of the game, which was co-funded by Ako Aotearoa and the Manakau Institute of Technology, and the feedback from both students and lecturers who had used it. Instructions for playing the game can be found here
Jane Terrell (Massey University Albany), project team leader of another Ako Aotearoa-funded project in progress called Getting it right: Guidelines for online assessment in New Zealand Tertiary contexts, presented guidelines to help teachers choose appropriate assessment processes.
AUT’s Stanley Frielick spoke on a project, co-funded by Ako Aotearoa through its National Project Fund, which examines whether learners’ use of mobile devices can enhance educational outcomes. He suggested a process for establishing guidelines regarding the use of these devices by teachers and learners.
Rachel Fewster (University of Auckland), a TTEA recipient in 2003 (group) and 2009 (individual) who teaches a core theory paper, talked about her winning formula: a mix of formal learning and activities.
With an impressive line-up of presenters demonstrating the different ways that Ako Aotearoa works with the tertiary sector, these events are proving popular amongst people interested in exploring partnership opportunities with us.
Contact Ruth to discuss how we can work with your organisation to enhance teaching practice and learner benefit.