Ako Victoria is a one-day learning and teaching event in Wellington open to all staff. It's hosted annually by the University’s Centre for Academic Development.
Ako Symposium events bring Victoria University of Wellington staff together to talk about learning and teaching, and celebrate successes in the field. They also give staff the opportunity to:
- meet with other academics, managers, and support staff committed to improving learning and teaching
- share the outcomes of new learning and teaching research
- share innovations in digital learning and teaching
- highlight good practice in learning and teaching.
Ako Symposium 2022—“Māwhitiwhiti—Different Pedagogies for the Future”
The word ‘māwhitiwhiti’ refers to cross-stitch patterns in flax weaving. The threads go in different directions but altogether create a beautiful and effective pattern. ‘Māwhiti’ can also be used to express the idea of crossing over, connecting and moving on. In relation to the Ako Symposium, we see “Māwhitiwhiti’ as conceptually stitching together ‘threads' or different ideas about pedagogy, with an emphasis on finding connection and looking forward.
2022 Ako Symposium programme and links to recorded videos:
Monday 5 September
Professor Wendy Larner: Ako Symposium opening
Sally Hill (FHSS): Transformation of 200- and 300-level Italian courses into blended/online offerings
Michael Winikoff (WSBG): Innovations in teaching from SIM
Rachel McKee (FHSS): H5P
Tuesday 6 September
Fuapepe Rimoni (Educ): Pacific Educators Speak
Fran Kewene (Health): Performing Pūrakau as pedagogy
Mele Tupou Vaitohi (Law): Developing a Pasifika Pedagogy in Aotearoa Legal Education
Linda Hogg (Educ): Activating ako through culturally responsive assessment: Trialling a new idea
Simon McCallum (Eng): Student agency for engagement
Wednesday 7 September
VUW Library (OER) Working Group: Choose Your Own Adventure with OER
Stella McIntosh (Academic Office): Academic Integrity
Cathal Doyle and Andreas Drechsler (WSBG): HyFlex course architecture
Simon McCallum (Eng): Teaching and assessment with artificial intelligence
Friday 9 September
Kate Schick, Claire Timperley (FHSS): Subversive pedagogies in pandemic teaching
Sarah Ross, Jay Nieuwland (FHSS): Developing courses focusing on gender and sexuality
Dennitza Gabrakova (FHSS): Fluency and Fitness
If you want to know more about Ako Victoria or see material from previous conferences, email firstname.lastname@example.org.