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The Academy in the LIMELIGHT.
News from the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence
For your diary
The dates for the 2012 Symposium have been set for 5, 6 and 7 December 2012. The venue will be the same as last year. More details to follow but in the meantime please put the dates in your diary.
What’s happening in the Academy?
In conjunction with the Ako Aotearoa hubs the Academy will be co-hosting initiatives in each of the regions. Planning of the initiatives will be beginning shortly so expect an invitation to a planning meeting in the not too distant future.
Promote the Academy
Another way of helping to promote the Academy is by subscribing to the Academy twitter account where you can receive and send teaching tips to fellow subscribers. Follow now at @AkoAcademy. This will only work if there is critical mass sharing their ideas so feel free to contribute your teaching tips.
My apologies to Michèle Akoorie for my mis-spelling of her name in the last issue. Sorry Michèle.
Congratulations to Mark Brown who has not only been promoted to Professor but is now the Director, National Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Director, Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance at Massey.
Juliet Gerrard has been appointed the new Chair of the Marsden Fund Council. Her appointment was announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce. “Since 2009 Professor Gerrard has been a highly effective Marsden Fund Council member with a reputation for supporting fresh ideas. She is a hugely capable and experienced scientist and will bring leadership, passion and a dedication to enhancing the quality of research in New Zealand,” Mr Joyce said.
And more about that same Juliet Gerrard
Top biochemist Professor Juliet Gerrard has been appointed Industrial Research Limited’s (IRL) second Industry and Outreach Fellow. IRL (Industrial Research Ltd) established the fellowship as part of its drive to strengthen links between the research and high-value manufacturing organisations.
Bryan Walpert - History of Glass - Book Launch
Academy member Bryan Walpert launches his second book of poetry, 'History of Glass' on April the 11th. Bryan teaches Creative Writing at Massey.
Student Kings of the Kitchen – an article about student engagement from Paul Robinson
Sara Kindon has just advised that after 10 years of part-time study alongside her full-time work and two boys she has passed her PhD oral exam – Well done Sara
Welby Ings has just received word that his short film “Munted” won the Jury's honourable mention in the Regensburg [Bavarian film festival]
From Alison Campbell – more on her blog site -
- http://talkingteaching.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/tertiary-teachers-accreditation/ - what are your views on accreditation?
- http://talkingteaching.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/here-be-dragons/ - How far should scientists, & those who communicate about science, go in ‘pushing’ against strongly-held beliefs">http://talkingteaching.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/here-be-dragons/ - How far should scientists, & those who communicate about science, go in ‘pushing’ against strongly-held beliefs
- http://talkingteaching.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/here-be-dragons/ - How far should scientists, & those who communicate about science, go in ‘pushing’ against strongly-held beliefs">http://talkingteaching.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/in-the-rush-to-e-learning-are-we-losing-sight-of-our-goals/
From Dale Sheehan:
I am presenting a key note address at the Practice Based Education (PBE) Summit in Sydney. The title of the presentation is “ PBE and the generation of practitioners”
The first year of practice in any discipline is the time when new practitioners gain knowledge located in practice and the supervisor is charged with generating a competent practitioner. The transition from student to practitioner, from novice to competent practitioner that occurs in the early years of practice is never easy. In this presentation a conceptual framework for describing the demands on the learner will be shared. The position is supported by a study in medicine in 2011 that uncovered the tacit knowledge that is not assessed, but is nevertheless learnt during junior doctor’s first year of practice. This presentation shares the “generalisable” findings from this study and the implications for supervisors. The study identified three categories of tasks for the learner and therefore three potential foci for those supporting graduates in their first year of practice in any industry and raises interesting questions for supervisory practice.
Kevin Gould – the Abstract from his presentation on the use of teaching technology to The University of Waikato
“Digital technologies have provided us with diverse and powerful sets of tools to augment the way we present lecture material. Students have come to expect such technology in lectures, having been influenced by methods of delivery at high school. However, learner needs are changing, and for technological innovations to be effective requires a fundamental shift in pedagogy. We face the challenge of how best to replace the traditional information-rich lecture course with self-directed exercises that can at once engage students and promote higher-order thinking. In this seminar, I showcase a variety of innovative approaches and teaching technologies, including the ‘flipped classroom’ model, that have been used with some success in the introductory Plant Biology course, BIOL 113.”
Kevin is an inspirational lecturer with a keen interest in continually enhancing teaching and learning in the tertiary classroom. His personal commitment and leadership in this area saw him receive a 2011 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award.
Selene Mize is heading up the Review panel for Library services to students and the public, and has been told this was because of my teaching award. Socrates (it is a fairly tortured acronym Society of Otago Consultants on Research and Advice on Teaching Excellence Systems) is a group comprising Otago Teaching Award-winners (so all those submitting portfolios for an Ako award, whether successful or not) is a group the award winners started at Otago (Selene is Chair), and it is going fairly well. They give advice to staff thinking of applying for an award, and serve as consultants for University bodies. They are planning on getting some mentoring going soon too.
Oriel Kelly, ex M.I.T has just been appointed Distance Learning Projects Manager at the New Zealand Tertiary College.
The Easter break will once again see Alison Campbell & the University of Waikato hosting one leg of the NZ International Biology Olympiad training camp. 22 of the nation's very best secondary school biologists (whittled down from well over 100 initial hopefuls) will learn, practice, & be tested on a range of practical skills as part of a process that will culminate in the selection of the NZ team for this year's international competition in Singapore. Alison says it's a real privilege to be able to work with these students, who are sitting firmly on the intersection between school and the tertiary sector. "They're already working at the level of our first- & second-year students, and the universities need to be aware of this - we need to be able to vary our programs to allow direct entry to second year, where possible, for outstanding students with this level of prior learning in a subject."
Ksenija Napan and her group started with the Academic Co-Creative Inquiry (ACCI) project on the 6.3.2012. at Unitec Marae and decided to meet again on 24.8.2012. for a day. They are planning to have some preliminary reports by Nelson Tertiary Teaching Conference in October. Participants are playing with ACCI in their areas of practice and we have a range of teachers involved. The project involves people from Massey University, NMIT, Unitec, Whitecliffe college and private providers.
Ksenija is going to Europe in June/July to apply the method at Interuniversity Centre in Dubrovnik and to present it at University of Zagreb and University of Barcelona with a hope of a wider international project in 2013.
Selena Chan has just had the report from her project on “situated-technology enhanced learning using net tablets for students to construct their own work/text books” published on the Ako Aotearoa website at http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-hub/ako-aotearoa-southern-hub/resources/pag... . The report looks at the concept of trade (barista and automotive engineering) students producing their own learning content by organising and annotating photos and videos and introduced at a workshop at last year’s Academy Symposium.
Dunedin Fashion week and Margo Barton – it’s all here.
Nominations have now closed with a fantastic increase in numbers of 60% over last year, with nominations coming from across a wide mix of organisations including a number of PTE’s.
If you have promoted/assisted someone to complete their nomination in any way can you please let me know. The Academy member continued involvement in the mentoring area is one of the measurements of the Academy’s success so we need to be able to report the back to the Director, Ako Aotearoa.
The Academy questionnaire – results
Thank you to those that have returned their questionnaire about their interests and expertise. If you received a questionnaire for completion it would be very much appreciated if you could complete and return the form asap.
The Ako Aotearoa hubs will be launching a series of Professional Development workshops and the data we get from the questionnaires will give me a good base to be able to contact people that have indicated an interest in the specific areas. The hubs will also be looking for experts in the various field so I will be contacting some of you from time to time.
Keep up with what is happening in Ako Aotearoa:
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
Check out events coming up http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-aotearoa/events
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