Kia ora tātou / welcome to Issue 25 of Ako Aotearoa's e-newsletter - our latest news, projects, events and people in tertiary teaching and learning.
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Issue 25 highlights

Creative resource explains plagiarism

In-house professional development – sharp rise in uptake

Private providers commit to improving teaching

Strengthening student representation

International Perspectives on Learner Voice

New PD “Inspiring, engaging and informative”

Ako Aotearoa hosts international peer-review workshop

Social network expert presents 14 July in Wellington

Ako Aotearoa hosts NCVER leader

Featured resource

Organisational self-assessment case studies
 
These case studies, developed by NZQA and Ako Aotearoa, form an important part of the supporting material at our Evaluative Self-Assessment manager and practitioner workshops facilitated by Evaluation Consult. The case studies explore the experiences of five tertiary organisations (two ITPs, two PTEs, and one ITO) who are using self-assessment to ensure and enhance quality at their organisations. 
 
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Sponsored event

ACE Aotearoa conference
 
Ako Aotearoa is pleased to support the Adult and Community Education Annual Conference in Wellington 16-18 June. As part of our sponsorship, the programme will include an abridged version of Julia Bruce-Mayne’s (Wintec) extremely popular PD workshop - Engaging Challenging Learners – free of charge to delegates.
What will Pedro Noguera bring to our hui and what can we share with him?
(Eruera Tarena – CE, Te Tapuae o Rēhua, Hui Co-host)

“Dr Pedro Noguera adopts a strengths based approach that focuses on empowering communities. He brings a broad experience and knowledge of emancipatory approaches in education that could aid Māori efforts to advance cultural responsiveness in our education sector.

We hope he will inspire and broaden our horizons. We also hope knowledge of our context and the stories we share may also situate Māori within a broader field of international approaches to emancipatory education.”


Draft programme

Register now for the Tuia Te Ako hui 8-10 July 2015
Kia ora Koutou

Welcome to Issue 25 of alert/online. This issue features exciting developments in our PD programme. Not least is an update on our He Taunga Waka project which provides new (and free!) ongoing PD opportunities for staff working with Māori and Pasifika learners to enhance their literacy and numeracy.

We are also privileged to host several eminent international visitors. In late April that included Craig Fowler, CE NCVER from Australia, Hannah Clarke - sparqs Scotland and Kathryn Harrison from the Higher Education Academy in the UK. These visits are paving the way for future collaborations. Read more about Craig’s, and Hannah's visits in this issue, and watch this space for more about our planned work with the HEA.

Our international hosting continues in mid-July with two eminent overseas scholars. Professor Caroline Haythornthwaite from The iSchool at The University of British Columbia will be presenting a seminar in Wellington on Tuesday 14 July co-hosted by Ako Aotearoa and the Tertiary e-Learning Reference Group. Later that week, Dr Sara Booth from the University of Tasmania and OLT Fellow will be facilitating an international two-day peer-review benchmarking workshop with project participants from universities in NZ, Australia and the UK.

Finally, do consider registering for Tuia Te Ako 2015 - our national Māori education hui - which we are jointly hosting with Te Tapuae o Rēhua at Lincoln University on 8-10 July.
 
Ngā mihi

Peter Coolbear
Director, Ako Aotearoa
 
Creative resource explains plagiarism

Do your students really understand plagiarism? Do they know how to write and cite without breaking the rules? A recently completed Central Hub-funded project resource will help students with these issues. Containing all the relevant academic elements and creatively illustrated, A Beginners’ Guide to Plagiarism is now available from our website.

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In-house professional development – sharp rise in uptake

This year, the number of in-house professional development workshops in the Southern region is projected to more than double, compared with 2014 figures. This highlights to us that organisations and managers value the benefits that in-house PD can bring to their staff groups. They value being able to tailor the topics and deliver consistent PD support for staff across multiple sites.

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Strengthening student representation

A new Ako Aotearoa partnership project involving NZUSA and Wairaki Institute of Technology builds on work that NZUSA has been leading on hearing and acting on the student voice. The project aims to produce a toolkit of methods to develop student representative systems amongst students who are in short-term and lower level courses.

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International perspectives on Learner Voice

The world-leading Scottish approach to student voice formed the basis of a week devoted to exploring learner involvement in education quality in mid-May. Hannah Clarke from Scottish organisation sparqs led two Wellington summits organised jointly by Ako Aotearoa and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA).

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New PD “Inspiring, engaging and informative”
 
The next stage of our TEC-funded He Taunga Waka project (featured in Issue 23) is well underway and registrations are now open for free Māori and Pasifika literacy and numeracy workshops around the country.
 
Aimed at teachers of Māori and Pasifika adult learners in foundation education, these full-day sessions feature a post-workshop component of one month’s online support for all participants.
 
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Ako Aotearoa hosts international peer-review workshop
 
Working with Dr Sara Booth from the University of Tasmania, Ako Aotearoa has facilitated the participation of AUT and Lincoln Universities in an international peer-review benchmarking exercise involving universities from both Australia and the UK. Participants will come together in Wellington in July to critically compare their approaches to supporting student success. 

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Social network expert presents 14 July in Wellington 
 
Ako Aotearoa and New Zealand’s Tertiary eLearning Reference Group (TeLRG) will co-host Professor Caroline Haythornthwaite for a presentation in Wellington scheduled for Tuesday 14th July.
 
The free public presentation will be on the topic of Social network structures for networked learning communities.
 
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Ako Aotearoa hosts NCVER leader 
 
As part of building our trans-Tasman relationships, Ako Aotearoa was pleased to host Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director of Australia’s National Centre for Vocational Education and Research. Dr Fowler also met with a range of tertiary sector organisations, including the Industry Training Federation, the ITO team at Tertiary Education Commission, and the New Zealand Centre for Educational Research.
 
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