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As a lecturer, the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education provided numerous opportunities for me to reflect on my current teaching practice.

Katrina Le Cong
Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

Katrina Le Cong was always confident she would receive a quality education from Otago Polytechnic. A lecturer herself in the School of Social Services here, Katrina witnesses first-hand every day the wonderful opportunities and support students receive. “I never had any doubt – it made perfect sense for me to study here,” she says.

She also felt great pride at being able to be both a staff member and a student. ”The experience gave me a greater appreciation for the stresses and successes my own students were going though.”

Katrina completed her Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education in 2016, and describes her time as a student at Otago Polytechnic as ‘fantastic!’ “My supervisor was encouraging the whole way, and my colleagues also provided wonderful support,” she says. The Diploma has since impacted positively on her teaching in many ways.

The best part of studying at Otago Polytechnic was graduation. “The team at OP go out of their way to make it a really memorable experience.” she explains. “It is important to acknowledge all the hard work that has gone into your studies, and the way in which Otago Polytechnic honours you and your journey is really special.”

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My husband said he knew I would regret it if I didn’t do it, so I decided to commit.

Joy Hooker
Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

Joy Hooker is the Programme Development Manager at Elim Leadership College in Auckland. She spends her days developing on-site and online Christian leadership training curriculums for students across the country.

 Already working full-time when she decided to study the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, she knew she needed a course that was flexible enough to fit around her work. This led her to studying the qualification at Otago Polytechnic via the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) pathway.

 “It worked alongside my job and really benefits someone like me who has been in the field for a while, and is a mature and educated learner,” says Joy.

 “Overall I’d say that the main thing I got out of the programme was confidence. I was taught how to look deeper, and reflect on what I was already doing. Having done this through Graduate Diploma, I now know without a shadow of a doubt that I’m delivering quality educational programmes to my students in the best possible way.

“I also discovered I have a thirst for learning - not just for myself, but for imparting knowledge to others. I love how the art of teaching allows me to see others grasp concepts, learn new skills and grow in their abilities.”