Ako Talks

Sharing teaching and learning resources from Ako Aotearoa
co-funded projects and priority initiatives.

Ako Talks, launched in May 2020, is a series of short topical presentations that connect you with leading tertiary educators and their valuable learnings, insights and resources developed through our co-funded projects. 

The series is designed to connect busy tertiary-focused educators, managers, support staff, employers and agencies to free, high quality, evidence-based information and resources aimed at supporting success for all learners.

Follow our Ako Aotearoa Facebook page to link to these sessions, post questions to the presenters and find out what’s on next.

Supporting lifelong learning through learner agency in literacy & numeracy education

Damon Whitten, ALN Effective Practice Model Project Lead at Ako Aotearoa, discusses how integrating learner agency within language, literacy, and numeracy provision can prepare adults for liflelong learning - something that is vital in this time of radically changing national and global economic, technological, and health environments. More information and to read the full report .

Introducing the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark

Helen Lomax, Director of Ako Aotearoa, and Mike Styles, Dyslexia Practitioner, introduce the Dyslexia-Friendly Quality Mark - an exciting initiative to change the culture of the tertiary education sector to better support learners with dyslexia and other forms of neurodiversity. For more information and details of the framework discussed go to Dyslexia-friendly quality mark. For resources to help learners with dyslexia and other neuro differences see our dyslexia resources.

Understanding Dyslexia in tertiary education

Mike Styles, Dyslexia Practitioner, discusses how learners with dyslexia can be supported within tertiary education, the benefits of this support to both learners and organisations along with the positive aspects of dyslexia. For more information and details of the framework discussed, see Evaluating the effectiveness of support interventions for adult dyslexic learners. For resources to help learners with dyslexia and other neuro differences, see our dyslexia resources.

Recovering from sudden change in an education environment

Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Director of the Centre of Postgraduate Nursing Studies at University of Otago, discusses factors that organisations should consider during their recovery from sudden change. She relates experiences from the Christchurch earthquakes to the Covid-19 pandemic and suggests key considerations for dealing with a "new normal" after such an impactful event.

Finding the positive in forced change

Selena Chan, Educational Developer at Ara Institute of Technology, talks about the framework they used to evaluate the rapid change their programmes underwent as a result of the Christchurch Earthquakes in 2011 and how it can be used to assist organisations to "take stock" following the Covid-19 lockdown.