About our professional learning and development programme

Every year we run a wide-ranging professional learning and development programme throughout New Zealand.

The three-part programme offers professional learning and development through workshops - in-house and public, larger forums and smaller networking events - all focused on raising professional standards across the tertiary sector.

What we offer

Ako Aotearoa is committed to building educational capability to support learner success. Delivering high-quality, relevant, evidence-based professional learning and development (PLD) is an important contributor to this. We want to encourage and enable the growth of skilled, culturally capable educators, managers and support staff. Our online public workshops are selected from a range of topic areas:

Our goal is to help you develop your knowledge and skills and to improve the way we all work within the tertiary education sector. We evaluate the impact of our professional development workshops and events on teaching practice, organisation culture, and learner outcomes.

Get in touch to let us know your professional learning needs. We'd love to help out.

Real change in teaching practice and learner outcomes

Ako Aotearoa's professional development programme is designed to help you make changes in your teaching practice. Our workshops will support you to collect evidence that will demonstrate changes in learner outcomes.

Start your professional learning journey by reading our 'how to' guide on collecting and using evidence - A Tertiary Practitioner's Guide to Collecting Evidence of Learner Benefit. Written by New Zealand educationalist, Anne Alkema, the guide will help you reflect on and better understand your teaching practice.

Our commitment to quality

Our PLD programmes are based on evidence gained from the projects we co-fund, and other opportunities, and the best facilitators to share this knowledge. Our participants have the opportunity to engage critically and thoroughly with key information that is:

  • high-quality and evidence-based
  • relevant to practitioners across the tertiary sector
  • supportive of cultural diversity and capability building
  • excellent value for money
  • recognises new skills and knowledge with digital badges or credentials

Supporting Documents


Ako Aotearoa Professional Learning and Development: In-house opportunities

We work with organisations to build affordable, inspiring and innovative professional learning and development solutions that build staff competencies and cultural capability.

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  • 28 July 2023

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