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Spoilt for choice at WIPCE

Kia ora te whānau,

I have accepted the fact that I can't possibly write about every workshop I have attended, as there have been 8 workshops and 2 keynotes almost everyday!  There is a huge amount of fantastic workshops on offer but they are spread across 10 different rooms, 6 different venues, which obviously becomes an issue when trying to decide which workshops to attend, and whether you can get there in time. So, I've decided to just blog the highlight of each day.

The pick of the bunch from Sunday, Day 1

'Language, culture and technology - bringing it all together' by Eddie Walker, Te Wananga o Aotearoa.  

Eddie shared the online community they have set up for their staff.  I found it very relevant as the connections to 'CORE Interact', my own work's online community were strong.  They too have staff (1300!) spread all across the country and there was a huge need for better communication, collaboration and culture. Yes, culture!  Eddie talked about the ease of retaining and sharing cultural knowledge and tikanga online if you develop it with Māori ways of working in mind, or in their words Kaupapa Wānanga:

  • Āhurutanga – safe space
  • Koha – contributions
  • Kaitiakitanga – to care, nuturing our language, knowledge, culture
  • Mauri ora – make our world a better place for staff & students

 The online community/home for staff and students is called 'Te Kete', developed in house using Microsoft Sharepoint.  It is accessible by all staff, knowledge is shared, communication regular and open. Insights shared from Eddie:

  • use language and culture to create buy in
  • retain knowledge for future generations
  • celebrate success

Next steps is for TWoA to look at further developing 'Te Kete' for student use, and with 35,000 students across Aotearoa, this could be a major move forward for the wananga.

"Technology doesn’t drive the knowledge, people do"  Eddie Walker

Traditional Māori Whakatauki

He aha te mea nui i te ao, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata! 

What is the greatest thing in the world, it is people, it is people, it is people!