Monday, May 25, 2009

Presentation at Aoraki Polytechnic staff professional development day

I was invited to do presentation at the Aoraki Polytechnic staff development day last Friday. I had a pleasant drive down to Timaru with grand views of the snow covered Southern Alps for company. The staff development day is one day when all staff at Aoraki come together to learn, network and re-create. Although Aoraki is based in Timaru, it has satellite campuses from Dunedin, Oamaru, Ashburton and Christchurch. The day is therefore a good way for staff separated not only be subject discipline areas but by geographical location to convene.

The day began with welcome in the three national languages of New Zealand, Maori, English & NZ signing. The CEO started the official talk fest followed by updates the various campus managers.

Keynote by Sue Lindsay on daring to be different.A good presentation on strategies for success and resilience in challenging times set the scene for the rest of the day. My presentation was well attended. I described the CPIT baking tech online & mportfolios underpinned by the precepts of cognitive apprenticeships.

This was then followed by brief presentations on the Aoraki Foundation learning project (taking a different approach to CPIT by using short staff development powows) and the Aoraki use of Moodle as an LMS.

Drove back to Christchurch into cold and wet weather which persisted through the weekend :(