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Hello ACEnet community members,
My name is Belinda Dolan-Roberts, I have been involved in Tertiary Education for the past 12 years as a Principal, Manager and Educator. My role within ACE has been as a volunteer and now researching literacy and Professional Development in the field. I am keen to support this community in addition to learning from those involved within the ACE sector.
I wish the online community success in the future.
I'm the ESOL Programmes Manager at English Language Partners NZ so deeply involved in community teaching and learning with migrant and refugee communities. I'm looking forward to being part of the think tank offered by this network.
I think that in many ways all adult literacy (and certainly ESOL) is embedded: for adult learners, context and purpose for learning are probably the most important features. And incidental learning (e.g. conversational English while gardening - or sharing food!) is hugely important even though it's often invisible.
I met Terry Neal at the recently held Literacy Aotearoa Conference and decided to join the online community. I am from the Porirua Poupou and I hope to make my Poupou better aware of the Professional Development opportunities available via ACE.
Hi everyone - I am Pat Street the Programmes and Learning Manager for the Christchurch City Libraries. My team comprises, Maōri services, the libraries learning centres, public programmes, events and the library staff professional learning and development programmes. I am really keen to explore ways our public libraries can be used to support community education and would welcome any conversation around this. i am a newbie to ACEnet but very enthusiastic.
It's good to finally join up and be part of discussion after reading comments from afar. I am involved with ACE through our local ACE Network. I am passionate about the role ACE plays in empowering people in their daily lives and interactions with others and think a strong ACE sector is essential for true democracy.
It will be good getting to know you all!
Still struggling with the "who am I'. I seem to be a different person every year.
I work for English Language Partners New Zealand - my role involves producing publications and managing profile work too. This includes stuff like putting together our magazine 'Connecting Cultures', producing posters such as our "Your Mother Tongue is a Treasure ..." poster (for Int. Mother Langs Day this yr), our latest strategic plan (a beautifully crafted and lovely-looking document it is too!), managing our website etc.
I just set up a facebook site on behalf of our organisation and Refugee ChangeMakers Forum - it's called "I Support Refugee Resettlement in NZ" - if you're on FB - please visit NOW and 'like' us! (http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-support-refugee-resettlement-in-NZ/110292825684274?ref=sgm)
So, 2009 I organised rebranding work for the Association "from ESOL Home Tutors to English Language Partners".
This year, I'm exploring online communications and e-learning options (amongst other things) to help our 250 staff, 3,000 volunteers, 8,000 learners learning on our 8+ different programmes through our 23 locations in NZ.
Kia ora all, Iam a tutor of Te Reo Māori, I am currently teaching in a institute, i also tutor in the community where my learning took place, and got me to where i am now.
Thank you for introducing yourself to the ACEnet community Bernie and sharing your story.
Thank you for your first posting introducing yourself to the ACEnet community and also putting out a challenge for our ACEnet team to look into what libraries are offering in the way of learning programmes.
Thank you for joining ACEnet Lili-Rose. It was great catching up with you recently in Wellington during the ACE Conference. We hope our website and webinars support what you are trying to achieve in your day to day role centred around your ACE community members. We look forward to your contributions and support.
I am a lecturer in Critical Studies in Education at University of Auckland, and my area of interest and reserach is Adult and Community Education, the politics and culture of educators work. I have a long interest in the informal learning that occurs in Adult and Community settings and how this contributes to better concepts of citizenship.
I too am interested in the community development aspects of adult & community education. I have been involved at grass roots levels with many areas of community and the most important thing to me is the individual. Would like to talk some more on specific areas you may be working on or interested in. Obviously, with the imminent ACE funding cuts, we need to focus well on the real needs in our communities - including the need to participate in a positive way.
Thank you Joce for taking the time to introduce yourself to the ACEnet online community. I am sure I am not the only member who would be very interested to follow a discussion of how adult and community settings contribute to better concepts of citzenship.
This Hannah and the rest of the participants at the ACE Regional Networks Hui in Wellington!
It was a good day Hannah. Congrats to you, Judi, Jo and Naz for a great team's work!
Nice to have you join us Hannah, thanks for introducing yourself. Please feel free to leave your contributions on the ACEnet forums or create your own discussion forums.
Employment and General Workplace Skills lecturer @ Open Polytechnic, focusing on computing and communications. Four years new to tertiary education this month! Looking to build my teaching skills, and indeed broaden my teaching networks. Hoping to get some practical tools and tricks from eveyone within this group in how to effective engage with and teach adult learners.
Come from a health background, where I was responsible for some workplace teaching and learning. Slowly adjusting to the jargon and practices of tertiary education.
Looking forward to absorbing what others have to offer, and hopefully sharing some of what I have learnt also :)
Tena koe, thank you for introducing yourself to the ACEnet community. This is the space for conversation and resources to be shared and discussed by ACE members - we look forward to your contributions and hope you benefit from your involvement.
Hi - glad to be on board with your new group via Ako. I am involved mainly in workplace literacy research at the moment, but also do research in other areas of literacy here and there. I'm interested in your first topic as I think we have made a lot of progress in this area, but still have a long way to go, if my observations of embedded teaching are anything to go by.
Thank you for introducing yourself to the ACEnet community John. I would like to invite you to share with others your workplace literacy research in Jennifer's ACEnet forum 'examples of embedding literacy and numeracy in practice'.
Kia ora tatou. I work for English Language Partners New Zealand and am pleased to see this great new initiative underway. I look forward to following the conversation about ACE in its many guises.
Nice to see the support for embedding literacy up here - I know that is a subject that will be on the minds of the schools transitioning in 2010. Also, I'm sure we can talk here about wide-ranging ACE outside of literacy and numeracy that is designed for everyone to access, and which has so much value for New Zealand.
Regards to all in your work.
Thank you for your encouraging comments and introducing yourself to the ACEnet community Claire. We, the team are excited about the launch of the Ako ACEnet online community and will be working hard to ensure that this space addresses the concerns and issues that are topical to the ACE community in the current economic climate. We would like to invite your to contribute to our current forums.
Kia ora koutou
Being involved in ACEnet is my first involvement with the ACE sector. However, I have worked with ITPs for 10 yeas. Online tools and the way they can connect people to people has transformed how I learn and I am excited about their potential for the ACE sector. In my short time talking to people in the sector, I have picked up how significant this sector is and how passionate people are. I am privileged to be part of this community and looking forward to meeting everyone and learning more about ACE.
Thanks for introducing yourself and joining the forum.
I am the ACE and Short Courses Coordinator at NorthTec (I wear other hats too). I have two funded areas Northland and rural Rodney. I am also a Social Enterprise PG student at Waikato University and find that very stimulating. I am heavilly involved with Dress for Success Northland
Nice to 'meet' you. I have visited NorhtTec a few times and know Vasi well. You mention Dress for Success Northland. I confess I don't know what that is, but would like to know - and how you are involved.
My name is Jennifer Kipfer and I'm looking forward to learning with you and finding new information to share.
I am from Tairua on the Coromandel. Recently I joined the ACE online community project team as the ACEnet facilitator. I am looking forward to support and contributions from the ACE community to enable our team to create an online environment that is friendly, informative and useful to the ACE community of New Zealand.
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