Title image: LearnFest19 Te Puna Aurei - Free Conference for Tertiary Educators

Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 9 am -  4 pm

S Block University of Waikato's Hamilton Campus

Who is LearnFest19: Te Puna Aurei aimed at?

LearnFest19 is an event for educators and people supporting educators in Higher Education.

What will the day involve?

LearnFest19 will be a day packed with presentations and workshops. Also the chance to chat with colleagues in the sector over a complementary morning tea and lunch.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers this year are Professor Chris Battershill and Dr Keakaokawai (Keaka) Varner Hemi.

How much does it cost?

It's free to attend LearnFest19.

How can I register?

Online registration opens on 1 August.

Can I present?

We welcome proposal submissions about learning and teaching in Higher Education. We encourage you to incorporate interactivity in your sessions, for example, by providing opportunities for discussion or reflection. Sessions are twenty minutes.

Call for session proposals open on 1 August.

What does Te Puna Aurei mean?

Te Puna Aurei is the name for LearnFest conference by Associate Professor Tom Roa. It 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. 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?

Video recordings of the LearnFest18 sessions