Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence resources in category: 2010 Symposium
The Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence held its third Symposium in Wellington between the 1st and 3rd December 2010. The Symposium entitled “Shine Your Light” attracted over 50 members, all of whom are recipients of national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. The Symposium gave an ideal forum for members to present, share, disseminate and debate various aspects of excellence in tertiary teaching.
Committee member, David Jansen, welcomed attendees to the Symposium with a Mihi followed by a moving waiata with accompaniment from other Academy members.
The Symposium was officially opened by Minister for Tertiary Education, Hon. Steven Joyce who welcomed the 2010 TTEA awardees and highlighted exceptional achievements of some of the Academy members.
Joining the Academy members was Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) from Monash University in Melbourne. Professor Hughes-Warrington ran a workshop on Assessment and followed this with the keynote presentation on Curriculum Design. Both her sessions had attendees transfixed and sparked conversations around both topics that continued throughout the Symposium. The Professor was presented with a “Friend of the Academy” award by President John Hosking and immediate Past president Donna Buckingham.
Academy “Friend” and last years keynote speaker Professor Sally Kift from the Queensland University of Technology, provided members with an insight into the Australian developments around “Quality and Standards” in the tertiary sector. Sally again provided attendees with much food for thought.
Over the subsequent two days members had the opportunity to listen to and interact with a number of their peers who presented and discussed different aspects of their teaching, educational research, learner engagement and how the award had assisted them in furthering their teaching career, or their advancement to a leadership role.
Short video clips gave attendees a glimpse of the tools that some teachers use to engage their audience.
Members also had the opportunity to participate in the onward planning of the Academy and provide their thoughts on the future focus.
Of course no event would be complete without fun and laughter and this was provided in two sessions. Academy Special Teaching awardee Gary Bold provided many insights to teaching and learning through the eyes of a number of characters and with his team of helpers bought the members up to date with a variety of teaching news items. The Canterbury Academy group showed why some people are excellent teachers proving that they could respond quickly and deftly on any manner of teaching related topics in the adapted pecha kucha session.