SIT to host NZ teaching forum

17:00, Sep 20 2013

The Southern Institute of Technology will host lecturers and tutors from throughout the country at a tertiary education conference next month.

The polytechnic has been chosen as the host institute of the Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, a three-day event attracting about 150 tertiary staff.

SIT conference steering committee member Debbie Ruwhiu said the conference, the only nationwide event of its type, was a way for tertiary educators to share ideas and swap classroom methods that worked well.

Topics scheduled for the conference include teaching strategies for Maori, Pasifika and international students and how to engage students in online learning.

As first-time host, the polytechnic had the chance to show it could sit among the best in the country, Ms Ruwhiu said.

"Because we have to travel so far for PD [professional development] sometimes, it's really good to have the best on our doorstep . . . it's a way of showcasing SIT and all the great things we've got here."

Trades, IT, hotel management and hospitality students had also been included in the preparation for the conference, she said.

The 2013 conference will be held at SIT from October 2 to 4.

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