Otago Polytechnic

Research from Glenys Ker

Departments: Capable NZ North, Capable NZ


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. Glenys runs her own business, Career Fit, specializing in work/life coaching and all aspects of career planning. 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 works with elite athletes, people in transition (redundancies, career change, back to work and personal development) and organisations. She supports and coaches people in personal effectiveness, work/life balance, 360 reviews and professional development planning. Glenys also teaches in the School of Social Services in the Career Practice stream. She is the local Chairperson for the Otago/Southland Career Development Association of NZ and enjoys speaking at events about transition, leadership, elite performance and adult learning. Her recent research is in adult learning and independent learning pathways and professional practice qualifications.

Field(s) of Expertise
Education, Management and Leadership, Elite Sports Performance, Career Development, Assessment of Prior 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 of Wellington, 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