Whitireia worked with The Open Polytechnic to host a symposium on the use of new technologies for distance education in the Pacific at the beginning of May this year. The week-long meeting was part of a Commonwealth of Learning project entitled Barriers to the Use by Women of Information and Communication Technologies for Distance/Open Learning. Ann Devoy and Heather Thompson of Whitireia facilitated the meeting.
The Commonwealth of Learning works to encourage the development and sharing of open/distance education, knowledge resources and technologies. The current project is aimed at helping developing nations in all regions of the Commonwealth improve access to quality education and training. The report of the Pacific region of the project is currently being written by Ann and will be available later this year. In the meantime you can check out what other projects the Commonwealth of Learning is involved in through their website.
The symposium participants were treated to a three-course Whitireia welcome that lasted well into the evening of their first day. They were first welcomed in the afternoon by Deirdre Dale, Taku Parai and Performing Arts students at Pātaka. This was followed by an entertaining tour around Porirua which included Whitireia Peak. Back at the campus, a Tongan feast had been prepared for them.