Our teaching and learning approach
Te Ara Kōtihi – our strategy
Te Ara Kōtihi means ‘the pathway to success‘ and it’s an organisation-wide strategy that provides structure, principles, and the high-level goals to ensure we are all working as a collective.
The tohu depicted here was designed for us by Trish Francis, and the whakataukī she had in mind was:
Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket we will thrive
This highlights the importance of having a shared purpose and making a contribution to ensure that we thrive as a collective.
Our learners – the centre of everything we do, as well as human potential, growth, relationships and conversations, all of which are unique to our organisation.
Niho taniwha / teeth of the taniwha
Our organisation – our teams, staff, teachers, structures, processes, and delivery, which all exist to support our learners.
Kōtihi / summit
Our success – what we are striving for, which is all of us working as a collective, combining our skills and knowledge, to create value and better outcomes for all our learners.
Ō mātou mātāpono – our values
Positive relationships are at the centre of our philosophy and values for teaching and learning. As a collective, the following organisational kaupapa Māori values drive our practice, and underpin everything we do here. We share these values with our sister organisation The Mind Lab and many of our support services are delivered by the same team.
What this means for our learners
- Te Ara Kōtihi helps us ensure, across our programmes and all the teams and initiatives we undertake at Tech Futures Lab and The Mind Lab, that we are all aiming for the same goal – success for you, our learners.
- These principles guide us to define, develop and maintain high-quality teaching and learning as evidenced by a measurable value to all stakeholders.
- Our strategy enables us to work together to deliver teaching and learning that is culturally responsive and sustainable, as well as being research-informed, with teaching staff actively engaged in practice-relevant research.
- Our strategy provides the base for our student support initiatives, such as ManaakiFono, Mahi Tahi sessions, He Rourou, and Tuia Te Kupu, ensuring the appropriate structures are in place to enable your success.
- It helps those currently learning with us, those who have learned with us in the past, and those who want to learn with us, understand how we do things around here and what to expect when you interact with any one of our team.
Sharing and learning from others creates energy and fresh perspectives. That includes learning from our students, who all have a story to tell, an idea to share, or a view to understand.
All our facilitators and contributors are practitioners. And while there’s no shortage of academic clout, we are all equally thinkers and doers.
Our diverse network of experts will help unbundle the complexities in contemporary problems and coach you to apply relevant frameworks that pull it all together under the umbrella of your project.
You’ll be connected with past and current Masters’ students, to give you first hand insight, not to mention different perspectives, ideas and even debates.
This is a community of dynamic, forward-thinking, purpose-driven people; one that you’ll want to remain a part of beyond your time with us as a student. We’re committed to a positive future, fueled by fresh regenerative thinking.
Organisational Agility micro-credential learning approach
This unique programme is designed and delivered in collaboration between The Institute for Social Sustainability (TISS) and Tech Futures Lab. The structure of the programme differs from our other postgraduate programmes due to its reflective nature.
The course is structured to teach and guide participants through weekly scheduled class sessions but also requires a high degree of hands-on ‘guided self-paced study’. This means that each week a learning focus will be set for all participants to explore, review or evolve during their own time. It is a highly guided, supported experience.
The approach encourages participants to develop their own critical review skills, their own perspectives and strategies to apply the learning outcomes in their context.
The culmination of the course is an applied portfolio of work that captures your development journey and demonstrates your new knowledge and agility skill set.
The content covered on this programme is applicable to anyone looking to develop mental, emotional and behavioural agility in any type of organisational environment or role.
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