Spotlight event a winner!
This year’s Spotlight on Tertiary Teaching and Learning held at the University of Canterbury in June was a winner, according to the 65 tertiary teachers attending the event. They found the three-hour session crammed with short presentations from esteemed practitioners informative and inspirational.
- "I love the quick-fire sessions. Wonderful to hear a rich array of what’s happening in the field.”
- “Capsule aspect allows for numerous opportunities to gain knowledge.”
- “There was such a variety in the presentations! Great to pack in 10 different and interrelated topics.”
- “Excellent – loved that it was well-priced – as a part-timer this made it accessible. Please run again! 4x a year??!!”
- "I would like to try the model for our teaching week.”
Spotlight on Tertiary Teaching and Learning, a regional symposium organised by the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence in association with the Southern Hub of Ako Aotearoa, celebrates quality teaching in its sharing of ideas, methods and techniques. This year’s impressive line-up of presenters included recent South Island winners of Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.
The 15-minute presentations explored the event’s themes of student success, secondary-tertiary transition and active learning, offering insights into such topics as:
But, in his closing address, outgoing National Director of Ako Aotearoa Dr Peter Coolbear brought the focus back to hard realities. While applauding tertiary educators’ efforts to establish exciting, inclusive and team-based learning experiences for students, he urged them to shift their measure of success for tertiary institutions from ‘inputs’ to ‘post-graduation outcomes’. In order to remain relevant to future student choice, he said, institutions must develop courses that address such issues as:
- the increased questioning of the value of tertiary qualifications by whānau and students
- the increased access to information through technology and social media – letting go of content control
- the cost to the New Zealand economy of every person who fails to complete their tertiary course.
The 2016 Spotlight achieved everything it set out to do and more. As well as providing the opportunity for practitioners to share innovative practice, it also encouraged them to look at their course designs to ensure they were relevant to the future.