VicTeach events 2019

Events so far in 2019. See our main events page for details of upcoming events.

30 May

VicTeach introspective

  • Are you passionate about learning and teaching at Victoria University of Wellington?
  • Would you like to connect with a community of professional and academic staff across the University who have shared interests?
  • Do you want to explore a particular type of teaching (online, flipped, small groups, more interactive, innovative assessment)?
  • Or is there a challenge that you’d like to think about in more depth (first-year experience,  transition to and from university, retention of Māori and Pasifika students, sustainability, graduate attributes, inclusivity, diversity and access, gender balance, learning styles, supporting international students)?
  • Are you interested in new leadership opportunities with a great bunch of colleagues who are also passionate about teaching?
  • Do you have ideas about creative and innovative ways that VicTeach could best spend its budget—and an interest in following those through?

VicTeach is a professional learning community, established by staff, for staff, which has been running in a fairly organic way since 2013. We welcome all staff—and that is one of our strengths—professional staff, academics, tutors, and students are all key to ensuring (and improving on) a great learning experience at the University.

We run events throughout the year, including seminars, workshops, retreats, and also have funding to support community building and professional development related to teaching.

If any aspect of this interests you and you’d like to learn more about VicTeach, or have great ideas for VicTeach in 2019–2020, join us.

We will use the time to

  • Talk about where VicTeach has been, and our aspirations for the future.
  • Brainstorm events, seminars, visiting speakers, and other activities to support the community.
  • Identify the best ways to use our funding in order to build community and our professional development.
  • Find new leaders and guides for VicTeach.

19 July

Sharing Session

Come along and share successes and challenges in your teaching and learning in a relaxed informal setting at Milk and Honey.

22 July

A veitalanoa workshop: a discussion workshop

Two attempts to study at Victoria University of Wellington. From university drop out to a professional staff member guiding Pasifika students to academic success: Sera Vatuloka, Pasifika engagement adviser, and Cherie Chu, senior lecturer, Te Kura Māori.

Sera Vatuloka successfully secured the VicTeach grant for 2018. This enabled her to attend two conferences in Fiji: the Leadership Pacific and Vaka Pasifiki conference. Sera will speak on what she presented in Fiji.

In this VicTeach veitalanoa/discussion Sera Vatuloka will give a brief retrospective insight into her studies at the University and will present a framework that depicts her academic journey. Cherie Chu will also give an insight into the above conferences.

28 August

What does it mean to decolonise learning and teaching?: A conversation

What does it mean to teach in Aotearoa New Zealand? How can a deeper understanding of the ways that colonial violence and dispossession continue to shape our present and inform our teaching today? What might this mean for our pedagogy, assessment practices, and curricula? VicTeach is hosting a relaxed lunchtime event where five speakers will share their thoughts and experiences around decolonising learning and teaching.

We'll hear from Meegan Hall (AVC Mātauranga Māori, CAD), Ocean Mercier (Te Kawa a Māui), Tarapuhi Vaeau (Anthropology), Amanda Thomas (Environmental Studies) and Nayantara Sheoran Appleton (Science and Society), before opening it up more generally for discussion.