Academic Advisers Annual Report 2011To evidence our achievements, we have drawn from the following data. Workshop evaluations Feedback from individual staff. Assessment against individual job descriptions. Assessment against Te Puna Ako’s strategic plan. Assessment against our own team plan. Personal reflections. Minutes of team meetings.
Support development and implementation of Te Puna Ako strategic and operational plans
Supporting the Academic StrategyWe have continued to share and support the Unitec Academic Strategy through our Teaching and Learning Community of Practice workshops departmental support collaboration with Maia and the Pacific Center.Our slideshow has been viewed 495 times.
Supporting the Living Curriculum (including the Tick)For 2011 our Teaching and Learning CoP has over 100 blogs posts, notes and events which support the Living Curriculum. We have continued to integrate the Living Curriculum key themes into our work, including our workshops, mentoring, departmental support, and workshop design. We have made key resources accessible to staff in our workshops, departmental support and CoP. A small sample:Engaging in Complex ConversationsThe Living Curriculum resource wikiThe living curriculumThe living curriculum (2)More on the living curriculumInitial thoughts - operationalising the living curriculumMapping the LC: Assessment Questions to consider about the Living Curriculum IQuestions to consider about the Living Curriculum II
Support to the eLearing StrategyWe have been actively involved in supporting the strategy throughout 2011. On involvement has included: as liaison support for eLearning Community Coordinators in departments the creation of an online Community of Practice for teachers at Unitec providing Moodle training providing eLearning in our workshops and other services.
Supporting Prctice-Based LearningMembers of Unitec’s Practice Based Learning CoP travelled to Napier for the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education conference (NZACE). Everyone who attended presented on best practice, a topical issue or research project. Diana Ayling is a member of the NZACE Council and an editorial board member of the Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. http://www.nzace.ac.nz/conferences/2011.shtml
Provide support for assessment, learning and teaching development initiatives with academic staff and department communities
Support to DepartmentsThroughout the year, we have worked with every academic department, Maia and the Pacifica centre to provide professional development in: curriculum design assessment Facilitation EvaluationOther training was provided to departments as requested
Support to teaching staffIn 2010 we have advised over 29 individual staff, including: New teacher mentoring Mentoring for promotions Mentoring for upgrading qualifications Mentoring for awards74 teachers attended either promotion or practice portfolio workshops
Te Puna Ako Workshops212 Attendees in 2011, with workshops in: Design, assessment, facilitation, evaluation for new teachers ‘Master classes’ in the four competencies for experienced teachers The four competencies for the Living Curriculum
Support to Communities of PracticeUsing a social constructivist approach to teacherlearning and development, we have continued tosupport a range of communities of practice atUnitec. 15 groups are now established throughthe T & L Community. These communities are ledby a variety of Unitec staff, and are largely selfsustaining.http://tlcommunityunitec.ning.com/groups/group/list
Curriculum Development and the Living CurriculumCurriculum Development continues to be a key element of our work with teachers and teaching communities. We have modelled integrated course design in all our workshops in 2011, with a view to giving teachers positive learning experiences. The feedback from the workshops has been very positive and we are happy with our approach. support for development of both Pasifika and Matauranga Maori components in programmes and courses.
Teaching and learningactivities associated with quality assurance
NZQA has mandated a new approach to quality assurance and this will impact on programmes, curricula and teachers. In order to support teachers to adapt to the new environment we have posted a range of resources online. We have changed our evaluation workshops and teacher support to include exposure to the 6 evaluative questions and support for good evaluative practice. In our own practice we have continued to evaluate our work. We have sought feedback from workshops. We have continued to share our activities through our blog and maintain a wiki which records our activity throughout the year. http://tpaacademic.blogspot.com/ http://tpaadvisors.wikispaces.com/
Scholarship ofassessment, learning and teaching
Scholarship of assessment, learning and teaching remains at the heart of our work with teachers. We continue to explore and research in a range of teaching and learning areas, presenting in the local, national and internation arenas. Ayling, D. &Hebblethwaite, D. (2011) Facebook: From offline to online communities of practice in practice based learning. Published in the proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education, Napier, New Zealand, April, 2011. Ayling, D. & Flagg, E. (2011) Being where teachers are - an online community of practice for tertiary teachers. Published in the proceedings of the 14th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education, Napier, New Zealand, April, 2011. Flagg, E. & Ayling, D. (2011) Teacher engagement in a Web 2.0 world: Developing your online teaching and learning Community of Practice. Published in the proceedings of ASCILITE, Hobart, Australia, December, 2011.
Simon Nash has been the coordinator of the researchseminars.Ed and Diana presented a workshop on SupportedExperiments at the 2011 Unitec Teaching and LearningSymposium.Simon Nash participated in a Fishbowl on the LivingCurriculum at the 2010 Unitec Teaching and LearningSymposium.Conferences:HERDSA: Research Symposium - Diana and SimonNZACE - Diana and Ed.The Strategic Technology Conference - DianaASCILITE - Diana and Ed
Evaluate impact of Te PunaAko activities and initiatives
In 2011 we have continued to use a variety of tools and mechanisms to evaluate our own work, that of our team and of Te Puna Ako more generally. Each member of the team has developed their teaching portfolio We have evaluated our workshops - feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Masterclass workshops staff stated they found us to be informative and supportive. They were impressed by the range and quality of resources made available to them. They are impressed with the follow up individual support. Peer Observation of Teaching for Te Puna Ako staff, and all of us have had our teaching observed in 2011.http://tpaadvisors.wikispaces.com/Informal+Feedback
Unitec’s strategic goals are explicit in our work. We seek to create a supportive environment for teachers and students. We are active in our commitment to Te NohoKotahitanga. In 2011 Dr Ed Flagg and Nina Pelling were members of the Tangata Whenua committee. Diana Ayling has supported initiatives in curriculum development and elearning in theTangata Whenua committee We have continued to support the integration of Matauranga Maori into curriculum and to encourage learning and teaching approaches which support all learners
ConclusionWe offer valuable support and resources to teachersat Unitec.The increased attendance at the generic workshops,the increased portfolio activity, and the continuedsupport of the online professional developmentcommunity of practice is a clear endorsement of ourapproach from staff.We have had good engagements with new teachers,and demonstrated outputs in scholarship of teachingand learning.We continue to support a range of Unitec activitiesthrough various committees and projects.