Otago Polytechnic

Making a Better World: Research and Teaching

On Monday 30 October 2017 we are hosting the second joint symposium for Otago Polytechnic and Southern Institute of Technology.

The goal is to share and be inspired by research and teaching:

  • Innovative teaching and assessment methods
  • Research that informs teaching content
  • Involving students in research
  • Teaching students to research
  • Supervising research
  • Other research that reaches our communities


WHEN: 9.30am to 5pm, Monday 30 October 2017
WHERE: P152, Dunedin School of Art, Riego Street, Dunedin North
COST: Attendance is free however registration is required for catering purposes. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

Please click here to register.


The symposium will feature oral presentations from researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. 

Session Title Abstract Chair/ Presenter/s
9.30 morning tea and welcome     Leoni Schmidt
10.00 Session 1: Community effect     Stephanie Revell
  Web Intelligence in Tourism: User Experience Design and Recommender System  Baker-Web-Intelligence-in-Tourism.pdf Oras Baker

Rocks of the Pacific Region


Ross Ramsay
10.45 Session 2: Community engagement     Alexa Andrew
  Vision simulation as education Butler-Vision-Simulation-as-Education.pdf Mary Butler
  Walk and Talk Therapy: Out of Place? Revell-Walk-and-Talk-Therapy.pdf Stephanie Revell
  A Valuable Lesson: The potential benefits and pitfalls of real-world community projects  Cathcart-Real-World-Community-Projects.pdf Emma Cathcart
11.55 Session 3: Teaching     Matt King
  Reducing the effects of residual mathematics anxiety on pre-service primary teachers Mumford-Residual-Maths-Anxiety2.pdf John Mumford
  Inclusive education in NZ then and now Fogarty-Perry-Inclusive-Education-in-NZ.pdf Barbara Fogarty Perry 
  The impact of target professional development on teachers perception of their confidence and ability to implement the physical education curriculum McKenzie-McKenzie-PE-Teachers-professional-development.pdf Duncan McKenzie

1.05 lunch

1.35 Session 4: Student assessment    

Joanne Whittle

  Assessment practices in STEM – A Case study from a Level 3 Bridging to Engineering Programme Peters-Cadzow-Assessment-practices-in-STEM-case-study.pdf   Hana Cadzow
  Online Assessment of Level 2 Engineering Maths Harmer-Quinn-Online-Assessment-of-Engineering-Maths.pdf   Mark Harmer and Gerard Quinn
  Video Assessment of Midwifery Practice Skills in Simulated Practice Situations McIntosh-et-al-Video-Assessment-of-Midwifery-Practice-Skills.pdf   Carolyn McIntosh and Yvonne Moseley-Martin
  Anxiety and oral assessments Robertson-Andrew-Gaffney-Clinical-Reasoning-Oral-Assessment.pdf   Alexa Andrew and Linda Robertson

3.10 Session 5: Student learning

    Barbara Fogarty Perry
  Reflections on the benefits and challenges created by facilitating a multidisciplinary student project Humphreys-King-Facilitating-a-Multidisciplinary-Student-Project.pdf  

Richard Humphreys and Matt King

  Hitch-hikers, couch potatoes, you’re fired!  Teaching research methods through a group project Whittle-Teaching-Research-Methods.pdf   Joanne Whittle
  The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Longitudinal Interprofessional Education (IPE) Initiative McMillan-Longitudinal-Interprofessional-Education-IPE-Initiative.pdf   Mary McMillan
4.20 voting     Lesley Brook 
4.30 afternoon tea       
4.45 presentation and thanks     Leoni Schmidt
5.00 finish      

Expiry: 31 Oct 2017