|Learning and Teaching Strategic Framework|
|Strategy components||Overall vision | relation to other OP Strategies | Learning and teaching | Strategic objectives | Definitions | Learners | Curricula | Teachers | Learning environment | Maori learners|
Succesful Māori learners
Strategic Objective Four:
To have Maori learners participate and succeed at all levels of learning
What are our aspirations?
- To provide a learning environment that is attractive to and supportive of Māori and facilitates their success
- To provide an outstanding learning experience for Māori learners
- For Kai Tahu/Māori learners to succeed in their programmes, and pathway onto higher qualifications where appropriate
- For all Kai Tahu/Māori students to feel safe and included at OP, and able to learn as Māori.
What will we do to achieve our aspirations?
- Develop our understanding of barriers to potential Māori learners’ engagement in Polytechnic learning and develop strategies to overcome the barriers
- Understand and use appropriate networks for reaching potential students
- Use Māori language and imagery in marketing materials and publications
- Welcome whānau involvement in the learning process and at formal occasions.
- Ensure all programmes have guidelines for flexibility to enable Māori to live as Māori e.g. attendance and assessment requirements
- Use Māori language and imagery in all physical and technological environments
- Provide a safe environment for Māori students e.g. not expecting them to step outside their student role to teach staff or other students about things Māori
- Provide opportunities for students to become stronger in their understanding of their identity, and a safe place to start that journey
- Consult Māori students on their needs and involve them in development of the learning environment
- Develop partnerships to enable Māori students to pathway into higher levels of learning and employment, both to and from the Polytechnic
- Provide good practice guidelines to staff to facilitate inclusive teaching and learning
- Recognise and celebrate students’ personal growth as well as academic success
- Support staff to develop the skills and knowledge required to enable them to implement this strategy
- Provide an integrated approach to Māori student support that recognises and meets the needs of the whole learner.
How will we know we have been successful?
- Māori participate at each level, at least reflecting the proportion of Māori in the Otago region
- Māori learner retention rates are at least those of non-Māori, for all levels of qualification
- Māori learner successful course completion rates are at least those of non-Māori, for all levels of qualification
- Māori learner satisfaction rates are at least as high as those of non-Māori.