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Last updated 13 November 2012 10:22 by NZTecAdmin

Date and time: 12 October 2011, 12.30pm - 1.00pm
Presenter: Leisha Williams & Heather Thompson
Status: Recording available

This webinar is an introduction to the project which produced the Moodle site Mapping Pasifika. It provides a 4 step framework to enable you to work positively with Pasifika students. Leisha and Heather will describe the development of the resources which include video feedback from recent graduates about what assisted their learning.

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Click below to view a recording of this webinar. This video runs for approximately 20 minutes. This video features the slides used by the presenter during the webinar, with the presenter's commentary.

Mapping Pasifika

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Mapping Pasifika

Leisha Williams & Heather Thompson

Leisha Williams is a daughter of Niue Island and Aotearoa. Her proud Pacific heritage is from her father who hails from the village of Alofi in Niue.

Her experience in adult education includes tutoring within Private Training Establishments and the Polytechnic sector. In her current role as Pasifika Academic Support at Whitireia New Zealand, Leisha is passionate about Pacific people’s education and is committed to providing a holistic approach to student support.

She promotes effective strategies for Pasifika success in tertiary education, recognising the importance of relationship building and acknowledging the diversity that exists within this group of learners. Making a difference in the lives of Pacific people fuels her passion to develop greater understanding of the importance of a student centred approach to learning.

Heather Thompson was born, raised and schooled in Otago. She has been teaching since 1974 and working in the Polytechnic sector for 30years. Initially at Wellington Polytechnic working with unemployed youth through the 1980s and has been working in staff development and adult teaching at Whitireia since 1989.

It has been a journey of discovery over this time working with Pasifika staff and students in Porirua, Rarotonga and Tonga.

I bring to this project my respect and love for those students who have taught me how to work with them and hope that you will learn more from them too.


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