Thursday, 3 May 2012

Invited Presentations on Learning Spaces at Massey University

After completing the beautiful two-hour drive from Wellington to Palmerston North I completed two invited presentations at Massey University on the 16th and 17th April. Before completing the first presentation I had a tour of the campus which identified some of the learning spaces the University was considering to redesign. The presentation involved around 35 attendees and the response was positive in relation to the topic on 'Distributed places and spaces in Higher Education'. Both presentations were hosted by Professor Mark Brown from the National Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance. You can view the slides from the presentation below. 

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On Tuesday morning we took the short flight to Auckland to visit the Albany campus for a repeat of the presentation to 12 attendees. The campus has some leading-edge spaces and the feel of the campus was very different to the Palmerston North campus. These learning pods are an example of the spaces at the Albany campus. 
Student study pods, Albany, Massey University 
Professor Mike Keppell, Albany Campus, Massey University

Whilst at the campus, Mark Brown was interviewed by a Chinese TV network about distance education. His article in the Dominion Post created interest in the topic.
Professor Mark Brown being interviewed by a Chinese TV Network
On a lighter note I managed to pick-up the 'gift of the century' for my wife who is a rugby fanatic. I couldn't go past this rugby chess set that now has pride of place on our coffee table. Of course the two teams had to be Australia and New Zealand!
The perfect gift for a fanatical rugby supporter


  1. Had a big chuckle after reading this recalling a certain NZ computer education conference and wagers with Mark Brown over the Bledisloe Cup. It was interesting doing my Sunday morning keynote facing an audience of disgruntled, hungover kiwis after Australia won the match. That little wallaby on every slide was subtle I thought.
    Thanks for the memory.

  2. Thanks Lindy. Managed to see a number of matches in the last world cup including the two semi-finals with Mark Brown. The All Blacks totally deserved the win in 2011.

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