Change projects popular in the Southern Region
A large measure of Ako Aotearoa’s success is its ability to engage with the sector and work collaboratively to improve tertiary learner outcomes. An impressive result of this teamwork is the number of applications the Southern Regional Hub has received so far this year for regional hub project funding.
Part-time Regional Hub Project Manager, Bridget O’Regan has ten co-funded projects from diverse areas of the sector under her stewardship; seven have been approved by the Southern Hub Advisory Group (HAG) and are currently underway.
Newly funded projects
The seven projects approved by the Southern HAG reveal an interesting range of investigations.
Partnering with the University of Canterbury, the Southern Hub is co-funding six project proposals:
- Dr Valerie Sotardi’s project seeks to understand and manage assessment anxiety during student transition to university
- Dr Maarten McKubre-Jordens’ project seeks to investigate how an understanding of the concept of ‘student mathematical maturity’ might inform the teaching and learning of mathematics
- Dr Ben Kennedy has set out to develop a virtual field trip based around Franz Josef Glacier
- Dr Antonija Mitrovic (Tanja) is investigating the effectiveness of using active video watching to teach presentation skills (soft skills) under a ‘reflective experiential learning’ approach
- Dr Paul Docherty is assessing the effectiveness of a flipped classroom approach in foundational engineering courses.
- Associate Professor Lyn Taylor will undertake the third consecutive year of a longitudinal study of the 2014 intake of law students at Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury universities.
The Southern Hub and the University of Otago is also supporting:
- Dr Vivienne Anderson to investigate how successful university students conceptualise ‘good teaching’ and ‘effective learning.’
Interested in undertaking a change project with Ako Aotearoa?
Organisations in the South Island with change projects that seek to enhance the outcomes of learners in tertiary education can contact Bridget to discuss co-funding criteria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ako Aotearoa is keen to partner with teams across New Zealand focusing on change projects that:
- provide examples of good practice
- develop critical success factors
- develop an evidence-based and/or
- make action-oriented suggestions for enhancing the effectiveness of tertiary teaching and learning practices.
Read through the Project Funding Procedures and Guidelines 2016 document or contact your Regional Hub Manager for more information.