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Thanks to everyone who helped make LearnFest20 a big success: our wonderful presenters, tireless helpers, and of course, our participants. If you attended, we would welcome your feedback.

Watch a recording of Kirstine Moffat's opening keynote "Teaching with heart: The importance of humanity in a digital age". Many of our other recordings are now available in the LearnFest20 Panopto folder. We will be making further recordings available soon.

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Session details

Wednesday 11 November 9 am - 4 pm

MSB at our Hamilton campus and online via Zoom

Keynote speakers

Associate Professor Kirstine Moffat

Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences, University of Waikato

National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award Winner 2020

Teaching with Heart: The Importance of Humanity in a Digital Age

2020 has been an extraordinary year of change and constant adaptation for both teachers and learners. Technology has provided new ways of learning, many of which may find a permanent place in the evolving classroom. Through our cameras and computers, Moodle pages and Zoom classes, technology has helped teachers and students communicate and connect. Yet the events of 2020 have also reinforced the vital need for direct human contact and interaction as we all battle against isolation and alienation. This talk celebrates the foundational role of emotion, empathy, creativity, and humanity in education.


Dr Marcia Johnson

Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning, University of Waikato

Reflections on a career in tertiary educational computing

With a career of over 35 years in university environments, Dr Marcia Johnson has experienced and reflected on many of the key technological trends in tertiary education. Since 2012 she has been the Director of the Centre for Tertiary Teaching & Learning (CeTTL) at the University of Waikato. Coming from a background in eLearning and evaluation (University of Toronto) and Applied Linguistics (Japan and New Zealand), Marcia has conducted research into the potential of technology to transform tertiary teaching and learning processes. This presentation will provide a reflective overview of changes to technology and pedagogy during Marcia’s career. She will conclude with a final reflection on what she believes matters most in tertiary educational computing.


The theme: What does Te Puna Aurei mean?

Te Puna Aurei, the name gifted by Associate Professor Tom Roa,  means a spring of intertwining knowledge. A puna is a spring of water and aurei is concept of threading things together. LearnFest is about threading together people, learning, research and current or emerging pedagogies.

This name also refers to the University's sculpture Aurei by Waikato Alumnus Rangi Kipa (pictured below). The sculpture sews together the past to the future aspirations. At a deeper level Aurei was inspired by a whakataukī (Māori proverbial saying) from the first Māori king, Kīngi Pōtatau: Kotahi to kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro mā, te miro pango, te miro whero meaning there is but one eye of the needle which the white thread, black thread and red thread must pass.

What kind of sessions have been done before?

You can watch video recordings of selected sessions from previous symposiums run by the Centre for Tertirary Teaching and Learning and Waikato Centre for eLearning (WCEL).