ITx Rutherford 2019 Speakers

Keynotes and Speakers for ITx Rutherford

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Phil Ker

Ex CEO - Otago Polytechnic

Phil Ker has led two of the working groups looking at the design of the Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology and therefore can give us a real insight into what is coming up with Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology from an experienced viewpoint.

We can do this! Making the most of the changes and meeting the challenges

Thursday 9:15am - 10:00am, CITRENZ (

Outlining what is positive about, and the challenges with, the high level objectives of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology:-
Enable all learners to succeed and thrive, especially Māori, Pasifika, those with disabilities and those disengaged from training.
Reach and connect all learners to the right education and training.
Deliver the right skills and knowledge, the right way, at the right time.

The importance of technology as outlined in the report from WG 3 & 4. The importance “that the Working Group are casting technology in a support role that enables what is needed, rather than leading the way. Given the wide range of learner and staff abilities and accessibility to online learning environments, equity of access and the overall experience will be crucial.”

WG3&4 recommendations / strategic initiatives:
1. A 24/7 learner support service
2. Learner digital home
3. An Employer digital support service
4. Network-wide applied research service
5. Network-wide learning design and development service
6. Collaborative, capable staff and leadership
7. Technology transition plan
8. Learner data warehouses and analytic service
9. Learning resource technology plan