He Whare Ako

He Whare Ako

Recent Digital Media Projects

The ‘He Whare Ako App’ is an interactive educational tool presenting a culturally responsive mobile learning framework. He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau (a house of learning, a house of technologies) framework underpins concepts of Ako (teaching + learning) and Kaupapa Māori (Māori philosophical values), interwoven with mobile learning theories and approaches. The framework is conceptualised into a metaphorical visual of a wharenui (Māori traditional meeting house), and is a values-based approach to understanding the role of mobile devices and learning in the context of Aotearoa – New Zealand. It engages with a range of culturally responsive pedagogies open to the possibilities of digital technologies. It was developed as part of the Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund Project “Learners and Mobile Devices.”

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Ako Aronui Team members attended Inaugural Meeting of Australiasian Accredited Programme Managers Network

Ako Aronui Team members attended Inaugural Meeting of Australiasian Accredited Programme Managers Network

Ako Aronui News and Updates

Dr Nell Buissink SFHEA and Jaye McIsaac SFHEA attended the Inaugural Meeting of the Australiasian Accredited Programme Managers Network, hosted by Western Sydney University. AUT joined with Western Sydney University, Murdoch University, Queensland University of Technology, Massey University, University of Tasmania, Australian National University and University of Sydney for detailed discussion and collaboration around creating and managing accredited programmes with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Paper published on placing ‘manaaki’ at the heart of Ako Aronui

Paper published on placing ‘manaaki’ at the heart of Ako Aronui

Ako Aronui News and Updates

The Ako Aronui team has published a paper in the Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Journal called “Challenging a measured university from an indigenous perspective: placing ‘manaaki’ at the heart of our professional development programme” which reflects on the development of the Ako Aronui Profession Learning Programme. It reflects on the journey of embedding of Māori values and principles in the Uk Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), in particular manaaki, to contextualise the UKPSF for the unique Aotearoa New Zealand context.

Buissink, N., Diamond, P., Hallas, J., Swann, J., & Sciascia, A. D. (2017). Challenging a measured university from an indigenous perspective: placing ‘manaaki’ at the heart of our professional development programme. Higher Education Research & Development, 36(3), 569–582. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2017.1288706
O Tū Kapua

O Tū Kapua

Recent Digital Media Projects

O-Tū-Kapua (‘what clouds see’), a glimpse of the secret world of a forest, was created by the TEMP-air project – a collaboration of F4, NIWA, UNITEC, AUT, IMERSIA and made possible through a grant from MBIE Curious Minds. This app, which is set in the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland, New Zealand, introduces atmospheric science to children, taking advantage of current innovative digital technologies to enable participation, engagement and understanding of the ecosystem in which we live, using imagery, bilingual storytelling (te Reo Māori, English), music and other creative activities.

For more information and to download the app visit: https://www.otukapua.nz/

Ako Aronui: AUT has become an HEA Strategic Partner

Ako Aronui News and Updates

Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and in particular the Ako Aronui team within the Centre for Learning and Teaching, are working towards HEA accreditation of the Ako Aronui Professional Learning Programme, aiming to complete their submission by 31 October. As part of this AUT has become an HEA Strategic Partner and has made an made an institutional commitment to provide an accredited Professional Learning Programme (PLP) through the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for all staff who teach and support student learning. This makes AUT the second University in New Zealand to subscribe to the HEA.

HEA International has written an article about AUT’s subscription here.

Along with subscribing to the HEA, AUT has become a member of the Australasian Strategic Advisory Board, read more about the newly created board in an HEA article on its first meeting.

Global Change App

Global Change App

Recent Digital Media Projects

The “Global Change app” is an interactive teaching tool for engaging students with the interrelationships between the global carbon and water cycles. It demonstrates the vital role of the stomata in leaves of plants and the impact of human activities on climate change. The app integrates scientific concepts about these ecological processes with design and animation in an engaging and educational way. The “Global Change app” was made in collaboration with Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand.

Available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.