News from the Academy
The Academy in the LIMELIGHT.
News from the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Wishing you all a restful break and a great start to 2012
Celebrating diversity – Symposium 2011.
Once again the Symposium was declared a resounding success. 42 members attended and presented, discussed and shared ideas, techniques and visions over two and a half days. Although the Minister for Tertiary Education was unable to attend he did send his best wishes by way of a letter which can be found here.
Many of the presentations and session summaries can be found on the Symposium site and will be updated as more come to hand.
Those that attended the Symposium were given the opportunity to contribute to the plans for the Academy going forward and also to provide valuable feedback on the Symposium and its future. We appreciate that there are a variety of reasons that people did not attend and we ask those to complete a short on line survey to help the Committee better plan for subsequent events. The survey is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AcademyMemberSurvey . The outcomes from both the on line and the symposium survey will be published in due course.
Promote the academy
During discussions recently many people expressed their concern that the Academy was not well known. The members themselves are the best people to promote the Academy and an easy way of helping is by including a notation on their email signature, with or without the Academy logo.
“A member of the Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. www.akoaotearoa/ac/nz/academy “
What’s happening in the Academy?
The Academy is now up and running on a new twitter account - @AkoAcademy – sign up now so you can receive and send teaching tips to fellow members and other teachers.
Other than following what’s new through the Limelight you can subscribe to RSS feeds from any other pages on the Ako Aotearoa website including the Academy community
News about the Members
Selene Mize has been promoted to Associate Professor
Bill Ussher has been appointed to Chairperson of Professional Studies in Education department,
Ksenija Napan is now an Associate Professor
Roger Nokes and fellow Cantabrian Tim Bell have both been promoted to Professors
Dawn Garbett has also been promoted to Associate Professor
Dale Sheehan has just received her PhD
Selena Chan - has run workshops this year for two ITPs –WINTEC -- Mlearning in practice and Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning as part of their staff development INSPIRE
Open Polytech – building research capacity with trades tutors –
Selena is also celebrating the completion of her PhD, much to the relief of her long suffering supervisor, she has completed after 7 plus years. Topic was – ‘Belonging, becoming and being a baker: The role and processes of apprenticeship’
20 The Leonard Cockayne Memorial Lecturer for 2012 is Kevin Gould, Professor of Plant Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington. His presentation is entitled: “Ever green but seeing red? Deciphering the palette of New Zealand’s flora”.
Kevin Gould organised the 2011 First Year Biology Educators Colloquium which was an Academy co-sponsored event.
Share with the Academy members
Do you have an exciting piece of news that you want to share?
Did you learn a new technique/tool from a fellow member?
Do you want to share your findings with other members?
Please send them through to the Ed for inclusion in the next Limelight and also as a contribution to the reporting to the Academy funders.
What constitutes teaching excellence?
Committee member Marc Wilson is leading an Academy project to better understand what constitutes teaching excellence in all its diversity, and specifically in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand, by analyzing the teaching portfolios of award-winning teachers. The Academy invites you to participate in this project by submitting your portfolio. More information is available on the document attached here. (you must be logged in)
Do you have a pet educational project that you would like to do more research on?
Did you know that the Academy has funding available for cross-institutional member collaborations. If you would like further information please let me know.
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 Sampson, the Ako Aotearoa Knowledge Manager, will be tweeting about the new content on the website.
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