James Liu is Professor of Psychology at Massey University for a School whose Vision is “to be the defining Applied School of Psychology for Australasia and the South Pacific that makes a difference in individual and collective lives.”

Before working at Massey, James taught at Victoria University of Wellington where he became Professor and Co-Director of its Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research. His research is in cross-cultural, social, and political psychology, with specialisations in history and identity, and the impact of technology on human consciousness. His work traces historical trajectories in the evolution of human societies, with an aim to understand the forces that shape the emergence of global consciousness.

James has many publications and leads coalitions of researchers around the world in three topic areas: Digital Influence (the impact of the internet and mass media on societies and individuals), Social Representations of History, and Social Change and Social Action in the Asia-Pacific. A naturalised citizen of two countries, James calls himself a “Chinese-American-New Zealander”.

During this interactive workshop, Tai will explore easy ways to create photos and videos with the tools you have available. Participants will use their own smartphones or tablet to workshop content ideas, and experiment with putting it all together using free apps on Android and iOS.

Tai is well known to the ACE Sector. His roles have included ACE Aotearoa office and website manager, workshop presenter and social media strategist. He has also supported key events such as the Hui Fono, ACE Conference and Adult Learners' Week. Since returning from overseas in 2016, Tai has managed a wide range of projects. He has a background in education and youth work and a passion for performing arts, social media, and communications.

In this workshop Anne and colleague Dr Nicky Murray will: discuss the importance of digital skills for learning, life and work in the 21st Century; workshop a digital skills framework that describes digital practices in workplace literacy and numeracy programmes; and look for ideas on how to further the work around developing the digital skills of workplace learners.

Anne Alkema is the Skills Highway Research Manager at the Industry Training Federation. She has worked in education as a teacher, public servant, researcher, and evaluator. Her main area of research and evaluation is in adult literacy and numeracy where her focus has been on the economic and social impact of New Zealand government policies and the extent to which these policy settings are working for target groups and industries. 

As an adjunct to this work, Anne has helped to develop frameworks of good practice for embedding literacy and numeracy into education and training programmes in tertiary education settings and workplaces. More recently she has provided advice to government on how to build the capability of the foundation teaching sector.

In her workshop, Aleeshea will outline a project that was designed to simplify the process of embedding literacy and numeracy. Participants will have the opportunity to share what they already do well and what challenges they face when embedding in their context. Aleeshea will also present a range of strategies and a collection of resources; ‘short guides to embedding’.

Aleeshea has worked in the area of embedding literacy and numeracy for several years, helping tutors develop simple solutions to embedding literacy and numeracy into their programmes. She has taught NCALNE, provided practice leadership in a variety of areas including prison based education and written and reviewed tutor training programmes.

Aleeshea is passionate about supporting learners to re-engage and have a positive experience of education and is currently working as a programme leader in the School of Foundation and Bridging at the Open Polytechnic. While completing a Masters in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education, she explored the idea of ‘literacy transitions’ and how the sector can better manage these.

Jodie and her colleague Karina have identified that a lack of soft skills can be a significant barrier to students’ learning and employability and as a result have embarked on a project with Ako Aotearoa to develop descriptors and progressions to support tutors to consistently integrate soft skills into their programmes. In their interactive workshop, they will share key aspects of their work to date including the development of a tool which enables students to self-reflect and evaluate their soft skills.

Jodie is a passionate educator with more than twenty year’s experience in the Early Childhood, Primary and Tertiary sectors. She is currently CEO of Matapuna Training Centre, a Gisborne PTE that offers foundation education to youth and adults. Prior to taking up the role five years ago, Jodie was working as an independent consultant to Boards of Trustees and she completed a number of statutory interventions in the Gisborne/East Coast area.

Karina Terekia has ten years’ experience as a tutor at Matapuna Training Centre. She has held a variety of roles that have included adult and youth programmes. Karina is currently teaching the Induction Youth Guarantee class at Matapuna Training Centre. Her students are usually aged 16 or 17 and none have achieved NCEA level 1. Karina embeds literacy and numeracy into engaging projects to ensure that all students leaving her class have achieved the minimum Literacy and Numeracy requirements to achieve NCEA level 1.