Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ascilite 2009 - Tasden @ascilite sessions

After morning sessions shifted off with lunch in hand across to sessions with the Tertiary Academic Staff Developers Education Network (Tasden).

A couple of keynotes from Ako Aotearoa begin the session. Ruth Peterson with an overview of AA's stategic direction and Justin Sampson on AA's websites and CoPs. Ruth provided emerging strtegic themes including a second front, evidence based practce enhancement, support for Maori and Pacifica educators, suportind the learner voice and supporting networks. Also a thought provoking 'definition' of the term Maori cultural content.

Then workshops on getting connected with Judith Honeyfield and collaborative research facilitated by Jane Stewart and Jacqui James. I attended the research workshop where we all shared information with each other in order to assist with cnnecting with each other.

A plenary session on cultural awareness with Ngahiwi Apanui from Ako Aotearoa followed. Ngahiwi spoke on developing a strategy to support Maori educators and learners.

Good to be able to touch base with North Island tertiary staff developers and to establish links with researchers involved in investigating the development of tertiary teachers and in vocational education.