News 5/12 – Course Design. Student Loans. TPP.

December 5th 2012 at 6:22am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. Course Design NZ Curriculum Design Institute chief exec Susan Stevenson says sector is underperforming by up to 70% because of poorly designed courses.
  2. Student Loans Stats NZ says while fewer students used the student loan scheme last year than the year prior, the proportion of total students was greater and the average amount borrowed was 4.5% higher (Radio NZ).
  3. Vocational Education The Skills Organisation and Open Poly have signed an MOU focused on existing strengths and collaborative activities of the two organisations.
  4. Innovation Bill The Callaghan Innovation Bill (formerly ATI Bill) has passed its third reading.
  5. Extras: student loan repayments up 11% (Kiwiblog); Waiariki wins Maori Language Award for bicultural approach; Victoria to be smokefree from 2013 (Newstalk ZB); NZUSA to monitor student allowance changes; ATTTO announces A+ Award winners; Eugenie Sage criticises the government’s approach to science.

Research & Innovation

  1. Stepmothers An Auckland doctoral student is trying to debunk evil stepmother stereotypes (Newstalk ZB).
  2. Canterbury Sports Waikato’s Holly Thorpe studied the ways sports were disrupted by the Canterbury earthquakes.
  3. Cancer Cells Canterbury’s Prof David Wall is using mathematical modelling to predict cancer cell behaviour.
  4. Indigenous Studies Waikato’s Linda Tuhiwai Smith awarded $424,000 for international study on indigenous well-being.
  5. Seafood An Auckland study of kaitiaki (environmental guardians) from 14 tribes finds seafood numbers declining.
  6. Teaching Farmers Massey’s Alison Sewell studying how farmers learn best.
  7. Extras: Massey needs volunteers for psoriasis treatment; Massey working on rice straw-wool fabric.

Public Issues

  1. Diet Blogs… can be bad for those with body image issues, says Waikato’s Cate Curtis.
  2. Human Genes Auckland’s Andrew Shelling on gene patents.
  3. TPP Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey says treaty-making process has not been democratic, but John Key is defending the secrecy.
  4. Hazelnuts Massey’s Prof Julian Heyes on new crop opportunities.
  5. Media Watchdog Canterbury’s Jim Tulley says The Press is doing its job by questioning Gerry Brownlee over the rebuild.
  6. Spy Plane Victoria’s Terence O’Brien on spy-carrying US government plane in Wellington.
  7. Extras: more on Massey’s Mike Joy’s freshwater comments; Canterbury’s Chris Gallavin on Bain compensation (ODT).


  1. Filmmaker A UCOL visual imaging student has won a video production internship in San Francisco.
  2. Extras: BOPP student wins BayTrust sports scholarship.


  1. Aged Care Less than 2% of grad nurses want to work specifically with the elderly, says NZ Nursing Organisation.
  2. Basketball SIT’s Phil Burns is coaching the Canterbury Wildcats basketball team.
  3. Honorary Doctorates Canterbury will award honorary doctorates to former All Blacks coach Graham Henry and NZ’s first Chief Coroner Neil McLean (Radio NZ, Fairfax, Newstalk ZB, The Press, TVNZ).
  4. Maritime NZ… inviting industry consultation on proposed regulatory changes, including to seafarer certification and training and examinations.
  5. Rebuild Canterbury’s Prof Misko Cubrinovski is working with the SCIRT team to repair water mains and sub-mains
  6. Environment Lincoln signs an MOU with Lincoln Envirotown Trust to develop a co-operative relationship around sustainability.
  7. New Brighton… in Christchurch has been revitalised thanks to the Otago Poly-hosted Sustainable Habitat Challenge.
  8. Expert Group Victoria’s Rob Laking is on the Expert Advisory Group on Information Security.
  9. Extras: Google brings secondary teachers to Canterbury for computer course; English expert on positive drug use at Victoria; The Economist’s Daniel Franklin spoke at Massey; NorthTec and Rugby League Northland to develop local players; Massey’s Nicola Shadbolt seeks Fonterra board position; Waikato’s Deborah Stevens speaks to intermediate students.

Teaching & Learning

  1. BOPP… will offer a new NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) in 2013.
  2. Associate Teachers 18 Manawatu associate teachers took part in a pilot project at Massey to enhance their mentoring abilities.
  3. Extras: Unitec Comms Gradfest review; Waikato’s Marcus Wilson on teaching methods; column on “e-learning” opportunities.

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