Otago Polytechnic

Research from Glenys Ker

Departments: Capable NZ, Capable NZ North, Employability Centre

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Glenys is the Programme Leader of the undergrad qualifications on offer through Capable NZ and works as a facilitator of learning, an academic mentor, and assessor at Capable NZ. Glenys supports learners to articulate their skills, knowledge and attitudes gained from their work-based learning experiences, as well as undertaking new learning to gain a degree qualification through Capable NZ's independent learning pathways. She brings a diverse employment background to her career practice, with significant experience in teaching at secondary school, polytechnic and university level, as well as roles in senior management. Glenys also works in the field of elite sports, supporting athletes to think about "life during and after sport". She also teaches in the School of Social Services in the Career Practice stream. Her doctoral research is in adult learning and independent learning pathways and professional practice qualifications. However she continues to undertake research around transformational learning and facilitator effectiveness.

Field(s) of Expertise
Education, Management and Leadership, Elite Sports Performance, Career Development, Independent Learning, Experiential Learning, Work-Based Learning, Adult Learning
Doctorate in Prof Studies (Adult Learning) – Middlesex University, completion 2017, Master of Career Development – Edith Cowan University, Australia, Bachelor Applied Management (Strategic Management) – Otago Polytechnic, Graduate Diploma in Career Development, Graduate Certificate in Teacher Education – both AUT, Graduate Certificate in Elite Performance – Victoria University Australia, Dip Tchg, Diploma in Commerce – Christchurch College of Education.

Conference Contribution - Other

Ker, G. (2018) Facilitating/Mentoring for Transformation Capable Professional Practice Symposium, 11 December, Otago Polytechnic.

Mann, S., Ker, G., & Ellis, K. (2018) Self-determined computing education: an independent learning pathway approach. Invited paper presenation at the Sixth International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, April 20th - April 22nd, 2018.

Mann, S., Ker, G, & Kirkwood, J. (2018) Surfing the edge of chaos meets academic rigour: Operationalising Doctorate of Professional Practice 6th International Conference on Professional Doctorates, 22-23 March 2018, Friends House London.

Ker, G & Forsyth, G. (2017) Assessment for Transformation-giving primacy to the learner voice. Assessing Learning Conference, Otago Polytechnic, 29 Nov - 1 Dec. Dunedin, New Zealand

Ker, G. (2017) Facilitating for Transformative Learning: Developing the Facilitators WAL for CHANGE Conference 2017
27-28 November 2017 - Adelaide, South Australia

Mann, S., Allen, E., Ker, G., Byars, R., Thompson, M., Jenkins, H. (2014) Mobile devices to increase student engagement in constructivist tertiary vocational education during #NPF14LMD ASCILITE Conference, Dunedin, November. http://ascilite2014.otago.ac.nz/posters/

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Ker, G.,m Mann, S, & Buissink, N. (2018) Dances with unicorns: capabilities of mentors for professional practice doctorates. 6th international conference on professional doctorates 22- 23 March, friends house London.

Mann, S., Eden-Mann, P., Smith, L., Ker, G., Osborne, P, Alexander Crawford, P. (2017) A transformation mindset as the basis for sustainable community development. Resilience 2017, Stockholm, August http://resilience2017.org/

Journal Article

Carpenter, H. & Ker, G. (2017) Learning from Experience: Exploring professional identity growth through work based learning processes. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Flexible Learning 2, December. www.thescopes.org

Mann, S., Ker, G. Eden-Mann, P., & O'Brien, R. (2017) Qualified to surf chaos: A self-determined degree. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Flexible Learning, 2, December. www.thescopes.org

Mann, S. Ker, G., Eden-Mann, P. & O'Brien, R. (2017) Designing for Heutagogy: Case Study of an Independent Learning Pathway Approach. Scope contemporary Research Topics, Flexible Learning 2. www.thescopes.org


Tyler-Smith, K., Day, R., Bennett, K., Morriss, P. & Ker, G. (2012) Workplace-Based Learning: Introducing a New Applied Degree Paradigm. Research Report for Ako Aotearoa, Southern Regional Hub Project Fund,New Zealand.

Research and Expertise