ITx Rutherford 2019 Speakers

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Dobrila Lopez

Eastern Institute of Technology

Dr Dobrila Lopez is a Principal Lecturer and postgraduate IT programmes coordinator at EIT Auckland Campus. She has over 30 years of tertiary teaching experience in the computing discipline.

Her particular interest is computing education. She is a member of the national review of New Zealand tertiary Computing Qualifications. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed research articles in computing education. She is a member of many international committees and is leading a national SIG for postgraduate study and applied research at CITRENZ.

Her research interest is focused on international education and the role of feedback and teamwork in computing education.

Designing a peer mentoring model for international students: Panel and Presentation

Wednesday 2:35pm - 3:30pm, CITRENZ (

Participants: Lopez, D., EIT; Erturk, E., EIT; Sarkar, A., ARA; Chick, H., ARA; Sayed Ahmed, M., ARA; Mann, S., Capable NZ; Rozado, D., Otago Polytechnic, Sayan, R., MIT; Baker, O., SIT; Nuntalid, N., UNITEC; Vail, H., Toi Ohomai IT

The project, funded by the Ministry of Education, has the objective of developing a collaborative peer mentoring model for international students at NZIST. This project was approved at the beginning of 2020 and its start was postponed until June 2020 because of the lockdown for COVID19. The project has two phases. The first phase is designing a collaborative peer mentoring model for NZIST. The second phase is implementation and evaluation of this model in the first semester of 2021.

The participants are from EIT, MIT, ARA, SIT, UCOL, and Unitec. This workshop has the intention of broadening participation of the overall project by including participants from computing departments of the NZIST subsidiaries. The project is actively collaborating with a number of students in this design of the peer mentoring model. There are several areas we are looking to explore: what are the international students’ needs that should be addressed with a peer mentoring programme? What kind of support do international students need? Who can become a mentor? What should be covered in the mentors training? What kind of peer mentoring model would students like to have? And many more.

The output from the workshop will be included in the peer-mentoring model and published in CITRENZ conference proceedings.