June 23, 2014
MIT hub building offers new ways to teach
A new hub for the Manukau Institute of Technology is being seen as not just a building but a place for new ways of teaching and learning.
The $100 million development on the edge of Manukau City was opened last week by mana whenua.
It will initially house the Faculty of Business & IT and School of Logistics.
MIT lecturer Luana Te Hira says a priority is serving the area’s large Maori and Pasifika population.
She says the design will encourage a shift to more collaborative teaching practices.
"Because we’re talking about this thing called collaborative teaching which is underpinned by ako, our Maori pedagogy. If we think about sitting alongside our nannies or papas where we weren’t told what we were learning of the fact we were actually learning something. It’s about opening up that pathway. It’s a challenge, because lecturers lecture at rather than with," Ms Te Hira says.
She hopes it will be a place where Maori learn to lead and not just follow.
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