VC Symposium 2007

Teachers still matter: The magic of learning

The symposium theme will have as its focus, teaching and the role of the teacher in the university.

The symposium will highlight the critical importance of teaching in the university environment. It aims to celebrate both the scholarship and the magic of teaching, showcase why individual teachers are still at the heart of University education and why teaching still matters. The symposium will not be about the one best way of teaching, but it will demonstrate that there are many ways to teach better. For at the heart of the teaching endeavour is the skill, expertise, knowledge and passion of the teacher for the discipline, for the students, and for inspiring learning.

The symposium will showcase the strengths, innovations and successes of Massey’s teachers and explore ways in which we can maintain and enhance the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching.

Keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce that Professor Iain Hay of Flinders University, winner of the Australian Prime Ministers award for University Teaching in 2006, will be the keynote speaker. Not only is Professor Hay an outstanding teacher, but he is an Alumnus and former staff member of Massey University.

Massey expertise

The symposium will feature Massey staff addressing the three key themes of the Symposium; Teaching Stories; Teaching Performance; and Teaching Scholarship and will showcase Massey experiences, expertise and excellence. There will also be an emphasis on engaging participants with the ideas and processes related to the guiding questions being addressed by the symposium:

  • What is excellent teaching?
  • How do I become an excellent teacher?
  • How can my students be inspired to learn?
  • What strategies and techniques can enhance my teaching?
  • What resources are available to support my teaching?

The Symposium will result in opportunities for staff to participate, learn, and takeaway, practical, successful, and innovative ideas and options for adding an extra dimension to their teaching practice leading to enhance student outcomes.

The symposium will be run on each of Massey’s campuses between 9.00am to 3.30pm with lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided for registered participants.

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