VicTeach events 2023

VicTeach events include workshops, seminars, guest lectures, and brainstorming sessions. Find out about VicTeach events in 2023.

15 February

VicTeach 2023 kick-off

VicTeach invited everyone to join us for the 2023 kick-off event on Wednesday 15 February, 11 am–12:30 pm in AM103 (Kelburn campus) and via Zoom.

During the kick-off we

  • Talked about where VicTeach has been, and our aspirations for the future
  • Heard from a panel of community members who gave us a sense of what VicTeach is about and what it is like to be involved in hosting or participating in an event
  • Enjoyed some kai and got to know each other

31 March and ongoing

Learning Analytics Hub

Last year we launched the VicTeach Learning Analytics Hub and had monthly meetings during which we discussed what potential learning analytics has for teaching and learning practice and research at Te Herenga Waka.

This year, Namali Suraweera from CAD is joining Allan Sylvester and Irina Elgort as a facilitator of the Learning Analytics Hub. This hub is for those of you who are interested in developing data informed approaches to understanding and supporting our students’ learning.

The timing of joining this VicTeach Hub is opportune, as we are at a turning point in the University teaching and learning cycle with two important initiatives underway: An introduction of the new university learning and teaching platform, Nuku, and Paerangi - Student Success Framework, including the establishment of Tītoko - the Centre for Student Success.

If you'd like to join the Learning Analytics hub and contribute to the development of an exciting new initiative, email one of the co-leads: Namali SuraweeraIrina Elgort or Allan Sylvester or join the LA Hub Teams space.

The first VicTeach Learning Analytics Hub meeting of 2023 was on Friday 31 March 12:50 - 2 PM in TTR104 and also on Zoom. In the first meeting, we ran a hands-on workshop on using Learning Analytics Tools in Nuku.

4 April and ongoing

WIL & Career Learning Hub

In late 2022, VicTeach launched a new hub: “The Work Integrated and Career Learning VicTeach hub”.

The aim is to provide a forum where professional and academic staff working in this space or who are keen to find out more about it, can:

  • informally learn from and support each other in our work
  • encourage and inspire each other to explore how we could bring some components of WIL (work integrated learning) and career learning into our work with students.

The Hub envisions bringing together a broad range of professional and academic staff already working in this space or with an interest in it. It will allow us to share questions, ideas, and tips about WIL and career learning.

Please join us for the first WIL & Career Learning Hub meeting for 2023.  

  • What: a re-introduction to the hub, an informal chat of what’s on top for people in this space in 2023, and a more in-depth discussion on one topic chosen by you. We have some suggestions from the hub members last year that we’ll use to suggest topics for discussion.
  • When: Tuesday 4th April, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Where: Please join us on Zoom:

The Hub also has a Teams space for community building. Please use the joining link to access the Team and introduce yourself in the introductions channel.

16 June

Honouring Te Tiriti at the University: Indigenous Inclusion or Indigenising the University?

Organised by: Senior Lecturer Emily Beausoleil, Associate Professor Te Kawehau Hoskins, and Professor Alison Jones, supported with funding from VicTeach.

At least since the 1990s, universities have sought to fulfil commitments to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Education and Training Act (2020) has made it plain that New Zealand universities, as state institutions, must go beyond the commitment statements. They have a duty to ensure good Māori engagement. For universities, under this Act, the Tertiary Education Commission’s (2020) ‘Tertiary Education Strategy’ highlights such priorities as: success for Māori students through barrier free access, learning settings free from racism, relationships with whānau and communities, responsiveness to learners’ identities and the incorporation of te reo and tikanga Māori into everyday activities. But what does this look like in practice, and what kinds of key changes to policy and practice in universities help realise this vision?

In this talk, two educational scholars – Māori (Te Kawehau Hoskins) and Pākehā (Alison Jones)—consider two ways this rhetoric can be critically understood in universities in order to move forward from what feels like a ‘stuck place’. ‘Indigenous inclusion’ has been the most common approach to Māori engagement in university education in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Increasingly, another orientation, based on different premises, which might be called ‘indigenisation’, is becoming evident.

In the presentation component of this special event, Hoskins and Jones will argue that indigenisation offers more hopeful possibilities for New Zealand universities as we continue to think about our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Following this presentation, staff working from across the university will have an opportunity to discuss together how this might apply to how we work at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.

This event is open to any staff working across the university – academic and professional – who are interested in this discussion and how it applies to our respective roles at Te Herenga Waka. Though not required, you may wish to read Hoskins and Jones’ recent article that is the inspiration for this event, “Indigenous Inclusion and Indigenising the University,” which you can find here:

Once registered for this event, you will be contacted with full information about the event, including venue. For catering purposes please register no later than Tuesday 13 June.

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