News from the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence
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I am sorry but it has been quite a while since I last updated you on the Academy’s latest. So much has happened since the last LIMELIGHT and the Academy is really starting to gain some traction. I have been around the country with the Paul Denny PeerWise demonstrations and at the moment busy organising the Symposium.. Immediately prior to the Symposium, new member Phil Bishop is hosting colloquium for First Year Biology Educators and has a number of international guests attending. The Academy is co-sponsoring the Colloquium and so I will be helping him with that.
If you have a collaborative project that you would like promoted under the Academy banner, or would like Academy funding talk to me. The Academy may be able to help.
As you will all know the Academy now has 11 new amazing members. The Awards were presented by Minister Steven Joyce at Parliament on the 4th August amidst the usual excitement with an emotional Marty Vreede, from UCOL in Whanganui walking off with the Supreme Award. Te Kahautu Maxwell received the first ever award for “Sustained Excellence: Teaching in a Kaupapa Maori context”.
Congratulations to all our amazing new members:
Maxine Alterio, Phil Bishop, Scott Bregmen, Alison Campbell, Angie Farrow, Margaret Henley, Sara Kindon, Te Kahautu Maxwell, Emily Parker, Kelly Pender, Marty Vreede.
For more info about the awardees go here.
Executive Committee Update
As you will all know the Academy Executive Committee elections were held in July. Thank you to all of those that voted and to those that offered their services as a committee member. Elections will be held again in 2011.
The new committee with effect from October will be:-
Welcome to the new members who will steer the Academy through the next phase. Our thanks to those who have chosen not to seek re-election for their huge contribution to the Academy, particularly Donna Buckingham and Karl Dodds who not only were part of the original working group that established the Academy but have also served successful terms as President of the Academy..
Ako Aotearoa Board
Current Academy President Donna Buckingham did not stand for re-election to the Academy Exec. Committee but has now been elected to the Ako Aotearoa Board and will take up that position shortly. Our sincere thanks to Donna for all her hard work with the Academy and we wish her well in her new role. Donna will continue to play an active role in with Academy.
Symposium 2010 – SHINE YOUR LIGHT
Register now for what is shaping up to be the best yet. Amazing teachers, teaching tools, networking, overseas speakers and fun. Register before October 15th to take advantage of the funded travel, accommodation and nil registration fees. You can register after this date but you will be asked to contribute to the costs.
To register go here.
News about our Members
It seems the Academy members are going from strength to strength. I am constantly getting snippets of information about a member who has done something amazing and most of the time it is something that would not have happened if it were not for the award they had received. If you have a story to tell please let me know. Some recent stories include:
Margo Barton recently travelled with two Otago Polytechnic fashion graduates to the Mittelmoda Fashion Awards in Italy this month. Margo was a judge at the event, which 2009 fashion graduates Sophie Hardy and Roxanna Zamani attended. The polytechnic is a sponsor at the awards - the winner of the section for showing innovation in the use of material and methods receives an eight-week scholarship at the Dunedin campus. See Margo’s interview here.
Paul Denny continues to travel the country under the Academy banner and demonstrate his awesome piece of Software. PeerWise has recently been in Manukau, Wintec, AUT and University of Auckland with full houses. A second Waikato session is scheduled for the University of Waikato in early October. To date nearly 200 people have participated in Paul’s Academy run sessions and he has increased his user numbers considerably. Paul has successfully promoted his product with the help of the Academy and in turn the Academy has made an impact on a number of enthusiastic teachers. A win-win situation for everybody.
If you have a product you would like to promote – talk to us, we may be able to help.
The Manawatu Academy group recently held a wine and cheese evening (funded by Ako Aotearoa Central hub) to welcome new members Marty Vreede (UCOL, Whanganui) and Angie Farrow (Massey, Palmerston North).
Wintec recently held a one day “Teaching Festival” at which Academy members Peter Mellow, Welby Ings and Marc Wilson assisted by running workshops, presenting and participating in the debate. The Academy was well represented with a stand highlighting the “vitality of it’s members”. Academy members had previously participated in an teaching professional development event at Waiariki Polytechnic. This is great use of Academy members and helps to make the public more aware of the resources that are available through the Academy.
The Waikato members are having a luncheon immediately following the University PeerWise demonstration on October 7th. New members Alison Campbell and Te Kahautu Maxwell will be present to meet their fellow Academy members.
Christine Rubie-Davies has recently been awarded funding through the Marsden Fund for her project around Raising teacher expectations and enhancing student achievement. Congratulations Christine
Ako Aotearoa has now published their GPPG e-book in which a number of Academy members have had their projects published. You can read all about them here:
To apply for a GPPG award go to http://www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/good-practice-publication-grants
Donna Buckingham has recently become a member of the Law Expert Advisory Group (chaired by Sally Kift and Mark Israel) on the Law reference group for the Australian Learning & Teaching Council on Threshold Learning Outcomes for Law. Donna is the only NZ member and the connection came thru the Academy symposium..
The Dunedin Academy members are holding a TTEA workshop for interested applicants from the Dunedin area. The event is being organised by Prime Ministers Awardee Selene Mize.
New member Scott Bregmen has seen his workload increase dramatically with his award and has been asked to put together some workshops to deliver to BOP Polytechnics “Poutiriako” students (staff in training) in all areas from delivery to assessment and professional development to pastoral care.
Wellington members are having a “get together” on 8th October to introduce new members Sara Kindon and Scott Bregmen.
Keep up with what is happening in Ako Aotearoa:
Ako Aotearoa is now on Twitter: You can now follow Ako Aotearoa on Twitter – www.twitter.com/ako_aotearoa. Justin will be tweeting about the new content on the website. The Academy will be setting up a Twitter account soon. Would you like to be our “twitter manager” posting tweets supplied by others? If so please let me know.
For the latest news from Ako Aotearoa go to: http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/
Northern hub: http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa-northern-hub
Central hub: http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa-central-hub
Southern hub: http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa-southern-hub
Mātauranga Māori - for the latest from this section go to: http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/matauranga-maori
Check out events coming up http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa/events
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