Results for Education
This NPF project will undertake a stock-take of how universities and polytechnics engage with graduate outcomes, and then conduct in-depth case studies in 4 institutions to explore examples of good practice and benefits to learners.
The Student Voice: Effective Representation and Quality is a collaborative project between Ako Aoteaora and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), that will support tertiary organisations to effectively involve learners in building and ensuring high-quality provision.
This collaborative project between Victoria University of Wellington and WelTec aims to improve the ability of tutors at New Zealand polytechnics to meet the literacy needs of all students, and in particular, Pasifika students.
Topics and modules currently under development are:
1.0 Laying OFDL foundations
1.1 Participants’ perspectives - An exploration of each participant’s understanding of OFDL, their role, their institutional context
1.2 Definitions and history - Focussing on DE, looking at foundations and the evolution of DE (include social justice); Perry’s Open University ‘opens’
1.3 The distance advantage - The diversity of DE students; no significant difference and meta-studies; inclusion
1.4 The diversity of distance - Case studies and examples
2.0 Key distance education concepts
2.1 The systems approach - Industrialisation; quality in DE
2.2 Modelling DE - Transactions; the Community of Inquiry; transactional distance; the guided didactic conversation
3.0 The effective distance educator
3.1 Understanding your role - Institutional context; examples – which represents you?; reflective questions; goals & outcomes; interactions; assessment; support; technologies
3.2 The role of the distance educator - Teaching presence; the role of the DE over time
3.3 What effective distance educators do - Interacting with students; written style; providing feedback
4.0 Successful distance learners
4.1 The student study cycle - Retention; completion; support services; preparedness
4.2 Student learning behaviours - Setting expectations; self-reflective learning; orientations to study; motivation
5.0 The OFDL community
5.1 Professional organisations - Links, overview
5.2 Publications - Books and journals, Websites
6.0 Future thinking
Six New Zealand tertiary institutions are engaged in a collaborative network of practice around learners and mobile devices, examining the ways in mobility, social media and new approaches to learning and teaching are changing the landscape of education. The project will generate a range of practical strategies for students, teachers and leaders to utilise the affordances of mobile devices for pedagogical transformation and empowering learners.