Conferences

2021 FABENZ 5th Biennial Conference

Sponsored by Ako Aotearoa

UPDATE / FABENZ CONFERENCE 10-11th February Wellington and online

Kia ora, welcome, Talofa lava  … to FABENZ 2022. We’re looking forward to meeting talking and learning from you all. Please read message below if you are attending the conference, both in person and online.

Just a few things to be aware of in the programme. Your zoom links are in the programme emailed to you.

  1. Keynote sessions
    1. You will be muted during keynote presentations
    2. All questions will need to be made in the chat function of Zoom (even if you are attending in person)
    3. Chat questions will be monitored and read  to the presenter by the host of each session 
  1. Round table workshops
    1. You will not be muted during these sessions
    2. Please ensure you are muted at the beginning of the session and during the session if you are not talking (Handy hint: you can just press the space bar to temporarily
      unmute and release this to mute again)
    3. You may be asked to join a break out room which will appear on your screen 
  1. Attending in person
    1. You must bring your vaccine pass and scan/ sign in
    2. Those attending in person will be interacting with online attendees through the Zoom links
    3. There are laptops and possibly a microphone in each physical room
    4. Unless you bring your lap-top you may find it difficult to type questions into the chat or
      attend break out rooms. If you bring your lap top please bring a head set as you may experience some feedback in Zoom sessions with several laptop audios at the same time
  1. All sessions will be recorded
  1. Should you require emergency technical support please contact rgandell@unitec.ac.nz  please note this is for emergencies only.

 

Kind Regards,

2021 FABENZ 5th Biennial Conference Organising Committee

09-Feb-2022

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Message from FABENZ Co-Chairs:

We are in RED light now but our conference will go ahead and will follow COVID-19 protocol.

We are two weeks away and thank those of you who have registered so far. We have some spaces available, so you can register. 

A reminder that our Foundation and Bridging Educators of New Zealand conference is February 10th and 11th at Tiakiwai Conference Centre, National Library of New Zealand in Wellington. The event is designed to reconnect and form new relationships amongst educators and staff working in the sector to strengthen our network and professional development. Foundation Education faces many urgent challenges including shifts to online learning, outcomes that we would all like to see improve especially for Maori and Pasifika, new pedagogies to embrace and new qualification requirements from NZQA. We have pitched the conference to respond to these challenges.

Our two-day conference we have four very special keynote sessions: 

  • Professor Russell Bishop – Maori student retention and participation – outcomes from his very successful UCOL study in collaboration with Cognition Trust.
  • Fetaui and Sonny Iosefo – They will be sharing their experiences of foundation education and its impact for them (see the Keynotes Speakers and Workshops tab for detail).
  • Julie Thorburn Te Pūkenga Foundation programmes – Development of the NZQA Foundation Qualifications for delivery.
  • Fleur Connor-Douglas (Director Curriculum Transformation, Massey University) and Jean Jacoby (Director Education Futures, Massey University) – Curriculum design for the full learning experience: Embedding professional, information, digital and academic literacies into the curriculum.

There will be lots of small group sessions to connect and share ideas and practice. 

The conference is incredibly reasonable, priced at just $100. 

Please get in touch with any questions. In the meantime, stay connected and be safe.

Maria and Sonia 

FABENZ Co-Chairs

25th January 2022


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We are very excited to provide you with more information about the upcoming FABENZ conference. We encourage you to attend the conference, the conference addresses critical change occurring in our sector and provides the opportunity to engage with the latest thinking and  expectations in key areas such as student experience and success, new programme/qualification development, online learning.

1. Keynotes & Workshops

We have an outstanding line up of confirmed Keynote Speakers and Workshops directly relevant to the key issues of Foundation Learning

  • Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop – Maori student retention and participation – outcomes from his very successful UCOL study in collaboration with Cognition Trust.
  • Fetaui and Sonny Iosefo – They will be sharing their experiences of foundation education and its impact for them (see the Keynotes Speakers and Workshops tab for detail).
  • Julie Thorburn Te Pūkenga Foundation programmes – Development of the NZQA Foundation Qualifications for delivery.
  • Fleur Connor-Douglas (Director Curriculum Transformation, Massey University) and Jean Jacoby (Director Education Futures, Massey University) – Curriculum design for the full learning experience: Embedding professional, information, digital and academic literacies into the curriculum.

2. Safety 

The conference will comply with vaccination requirements for meetings and  the venue will require evidence of vaccination for all attendees.

3. Online
The conference will offer online participation at the same fee as attendance in person ($100).


Foundation Education: Pathways to enhancing talent, qualifications and employment.

The conference is being rescheduled to 10-11th February 2022
Tiakiwai Conference Centre, National Library of New Zealand
Corner Molesworth & Aitken St, Wellington

Further details will be added here when they are finalised. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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