What is LearnFest?
LearnFest is one-day conference for tertiary educators and people supporting educators in Higher Education. It is organised by the Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning (CeTTL) at the University of Waikato.
The LearnFest19 programme was packed with a range of sessions related to Tertiary Teaching and Learning.
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.