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Te Puna Aurei LearnFest

Learnfest red banner - higher education symposium with wavy logo

24 November 2021 - Online - Register now - Add to

Te Puna Aurei LearnFest is an annual symposium organised by Te Puna Ako Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato.

In light of the recent Covid-19 alert level changes, we have made the decision to move the Te Puna Aurei LearnFest to an online format for 2021.  It's not a decision that we have taken lightly, but it means that we can all be certain of arrangements, at any alert level.

We hope you will be able to join us, virtually, on 24 November 2021. Registrations are open now.

We have a record number of presenters, including colleagues from a number of the University of Waikato's global partners. Full details of the programme will be available in late October.

Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]


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). View 2020 recordings