63 results for Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi, Conference paper

  • Enhancing deliberate reflective practice through role play by using situated technology-enhanced learning with tablets

    Chan, S. (2013)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Situated technology-enhanced learning (STL) is a form of mobile learning requiring mobile hardware, storage of user generated data on web-based servers and wireless access to the internet to enhance learning in situated learning environments. The STL project reported in this paper used tablet videoing capability to record role-plays of hospitality students learning and practicing front-office procedures. Check-in and check-out procedures encompass complex customer relationship competencies requiring the learning of specialised practical skills and adoption of dispositional attributes. The pedagogical principles underpinning this project include deliberate practice, reflective learning, learner self-evaluation and appropriate peer or tutor feedback procedures. Effective deliberate practice, as described by Ericsson (2006) requires effortful engagement from learners and precise, timely feedback from peers or trainers. Practice underpinned by learner selfreflection and evaluation and motivation are also important contributors towards transformation of learners’ innate dispositional traits. Workroom / workshop observations, student focus group and evaluations and tutor interviews were conducted as the project progressed. Through analysis of data collated from four courses of the role-playing learning activity, guidelines have been produced. These guidelines assist students’ learning of self-evaluative skills; extend tutors’ use of role-playing as teaching strategy; and inform educational developers on creating appropriate STL activities. This paper represents work most relevant to the conference theme: The impacts of VET research on individual learners and groups of learners.

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  • mLearning and the workplace learner: Integrating mLearning ePortfolios with Moodle

    Chan, S.; Ford., N. (2007)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper reports on trials undertaken at CPIT to set up a support system for workplace based learning. A mlearning programme involves the use of a text messaging to disseminate summative and formative assessments. The use of mobile phones to take photos, videos, audio and text evidence of workplace skills being acquired to compile an eportfolio are also part of the trials. Evidence will be stored on Web 2.0 applications / personal portals and accessed by students via a course site set up using the content management system, Moodle.

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  • NESB students - COPing with BICT: one year on

    Nesbit, T.; McPherson, F. (2005)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    The purpose of this paper is to explore the success of a special foundation programme that has been completed by some international students as their first semester’s study towards the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies degree at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. The findings are useful for evaluating the ongoing use of the special foundation programme and will be of use to other members of the NACCQ sector who are using or considering using a similar foundation programme.

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  • Making the transition - Year 13 computer studies at Burnside High School: a case study

    McCarthy, C. (2002)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper describes a process that provides a transition programme for senior high school students towards tertiary study in a vocational institution in preparation for a career in information and communications technology. The paper examines the case study of the introduction of this pilot project and follows the experiences of a cohort of students.

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  • A Disruption Neighbourhood Approach to the Airline Schedule Recovery Problem

    Ishrat, S. I.; Keating, P. (2014)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Operations research (OR) has been used successfully in industry and its impact in today’s airline operations is significant. All major airlines plan their operations based on various OR models and algorithms including the important aspects of airline scheduling. However, operations do not always proceed as planned due to unforeseen disruptions which may lead to flight delays and customer dissatisfaction. Operations research methods can also be applied to the schedule disruption problems which results from irregular operations. The aim of schedule recovery is to get back to the original schedule (after a disruption) as soon as possible by means of re-scheduling the originally assigned flights. In this paper we use different approaches to recover the disrupted schedule. In the first approach we delay the flight(s) in the network without changing the originally planned aircraft and crew tasks whereas in the second approach we considered the recovery problem using the concept of disruption neighbourhood. The test instances are performed on real data on Air New Zealand’s domestic operations.

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  • m-learning for work based apprentices:- a report on trials undertaken to establish learning portfolios

    Chan, S. (2006)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper reports on ongoing work that is being completed on developing a mlearning delivery package for apprentice bakers. These include: - a report on trials of formative assessment questions using the mass text messaging (SMS) software eTXT , from New Zealand Telecom. - the evaluation of web 2.0 applications (Flickr , Filemobile , Springdoo etc) to collate, archive and organise eportfolios of workplace based assessment evidence using mobile phones to gather the evidence in the form of photos, videos or audio files - a summary of suggestions that can be used to construct a customised mlearning platform for use at CPIT - the blending of various aspects of distance and mlearning that will be used to support mobile phone based delivery of a New Zealand National qualification - a start at building a model for mobile learning pedagogy pertinent to workplace based learners.

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  • Falling into trade:- apprentices' perceptions of becoming a baker

    Chan, S. (2006)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper is a report on the initial data analysis of a larger study on how apprentices become bakers. The overall objective of this study is to explore the apprenticeship journeys of young apprentices learning their trade in the New Zealand baking industry. This interim report is based on interviews with first year apprentices. The apprentices interviewed were all between 17 to 18 years of age. The majority of these apprentices left school in year 11 or 12 (equivalent to Australian years 10 and 11) with minimal National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) credits. Perhaps surprisingly, none of these apprentices had initial ambitions to become bakers. However, interestingly, they had all undertaken work experience in bakeries while at school. At the time of the interviews, they were well into their first year of working in a bakery. Therefore, this report provides a snapshot view of how these apprentices have settled into the baking life and their progress through the beginning stages of becoming bakers.

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  • How does enterpreneurship within rural tourism diversify rural ecomonies - Banks Peninsula - New Zealand?

    Cloesen, U. (2007)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Rural tourism is considered an economic alternative for farmers who are facing sinking profits and require additional income. This in turn can lead to an entrepreneurial response. The distinction between simple diversification and entrepreneurial response. The distinction between simple diversification and entrepreneurship takes place when seperate legal entities for new ventures are formed. Entrepreneurship is commonly defined as creating something of value from practically nothing (Timmons in Morrison et. al., 1999, p.10). It is the process of creating or seizing an opportunity, and pursuing it regardless of the resources currently personally controlled. this involves the definition, creation and distribution of value and benefits to individuals, groups, organisations and society at large. One example for this is the establishment of the first private rural walkway in New Zealand on Banks Penninsula.

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  • Becoming a baker:- from 'hopeful reactor' to' passion honer'

    Chan, S. (2007)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper focuses on emergent themes from interviews with young apprentice bakers. It is part of a larger study of how young people become bakers. The overall objective of the main study is to explore the apprenticeship journeys of young apprentices learning their trade in the New Zealand baking industry. This paper reports on interviews carried out with second year apprentices. It reveals that the majority of the apprentices in the study, who had taken on an apprentice due to lack of other choices, are gaining confidence in their abilities. This confidence is shown in their building passion for the trade and their growing commitment towards becoming bakers.

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  • A history of avalanche accidents in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Irwin, D.; Owens, I. (2004)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper is based on a study for the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council which investigated the circumstances contributing to the deaths of 128 people in avalanches between 1863 and 1999. The study identified a trend of high fatalities during European settlement followed by a lull in fatalities early last century and then an increase in recent decades similar to other recently colonized countries. Similar to other studies, most victims were in their twenties and shift from work-to recreation-based activities has occurred from a century ago to recent times. Comparison with other studies of more specific activities involved in recent decades showed that alpine climbing, people on training courses and in area skiers and patrollers were over-represented while out of area ski/boarders and snowmobilers were under-represented. The geographic distribution of fatalities is concentrated in the South Island reflecting the preponderance of terrain for climbing and skiing.

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  • The joy of the X: the design of an XML system

    Kennedy, D. (2004)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    The two main uses of XML are data exchange and as a central source that can be extracted and displayed in multiple ways. This paper describes the design and development of an XML based system for course outlines that uses XML for data exchange and as a central repository. The central repository is constructed from a number of base XML documents that have been extracted from various disparate sources. The central repository is used to produce a range of different outputs in different formats. The design considerations, for the system, the schema and the XSL, are discussed.

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  • Maths with attitude: an encouragement based approach

    Kennedy, D. (2005)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper describes the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) approach to the teaching of an introductory, level 2 (where level 5 is equivalent to stage 1 university), mathematics course. It describes what has been done to address maths anxiety and poor attitudes to mathematics. An analysis of Maths Anxiety Scores (MAS) and Maths Self-Concept (MSC) scores is presented and compared with achievement. The results of interviews with students who have completed this course are also presented.

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  • Where are they now? Making the transition - three years on

    McCarthy, C. (2004)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    366 Where are they now? Making the Transition - Three Years On. Three years ago, the author presented a paper on a pilot project for senior high school students (McCarthy 2002) that provided a programme for transition to tertiary study in a vocational institution in preparation for a career in information and communications technology. As a result of this project, CPIT believed it had “captured” a potential market of students better prepared to handle the demands of tertiary study. Those students appeared better informed as to their options and more able to make informed choices and it was thought they might prove to be better equipped to survive in tertiary study. The initial project has since initiated a great deal of interest within other Technical Institutes both here in New Zealand and, at least one overseas institution, and has also spawned several successors, including a full-scale ICT-orientated senior high school – unique in New Zealand. This paper re-examines the pilot scheme, and its successors, and follows the relevant tertiary experiences of the students involved in the past three years.

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  • Serving up server side programming

    Nesbit, T.; Raizis, R. (2004)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper explores what content should be focussed on in the teaching of a level 7 server side programming course (covering PHP) that is part of the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies (BICT) and the Graduate Diploma in eCommerce (Grad Dip eCommerce) at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). Opinions were sought from members of a variety of PHP user groups about the importance of various topics that could be included in such a course. The project reports of students from both BICT and Grad Dip eCommerce who had completed their major projects using PHP were analysed, to determine which content in the course was the most useful for their projects. The outcome of the research includes some recommendations for increased coverage of some topics in the course under review, and the possibility of changing one of the other courses in the Grad Dip eCommerce from being strongly recommended to being compulsory. The findings of this research will be of use to CPIT and other institutions that are already teaching or are contemplating teaching web-programming courses using PHP at this level.

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  • The capabilities approach and appraising community development programmes in Christchurch

    Schischka, J. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper summarises the results of a participatory appraisal methodology study carried out with groups of participants in two Christchurch based community development programmes - Sydenham Community Development Project and Manuka Cottage in Addington. Based on the capabilities approach of economist Amartya Sen the methodology extends strategies used in previous studies of participant perspectives in development initiatives in Vanuatu and Samoa. Analysis of the transcripts of the focus groups conducted in these studies reveals significant outcomes from both programmes. Particularly important was the ability of the participatory methodology used to gain the perspectives of a wide range of participants, a number of whom are marginalised from mainstream society. The predominant views among participants in all groups are reported. The prevailing sense of local ownership of both programmes together with the reputation of the community development workers are key motivators in attracting people to the projects and retaining their involvement. Discussion is provided of the limitations and difficulties encountered during the course of the study. A major theme in all of the discussions was that participants had experienced a significant increase in their confidence. Many saw their time in the programmes as very important means in becoming more involved in the community and making new contacts.

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  • The development of a graduate diploma in eCommerce

    Nesbit, T. (2003)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    In 2000 Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) developed a new Graduate Diploma in eCommerce, which has been offered since early 2001. The purpose of this paper is to describe how the curriculum and delivery of the Graduate Diploma in eCommerce prepares its graduates for the “Inter-related Role of the eCommerce Professional” as described by Chan and Swatman (2000) and the multi-disciplinary nature of eCommerce as described by Turban et al (2002). Many tertiary education institutions in the Asia Pacific region have incorporated eCommerce and eBusiness related subjects into their curriculum, with some having created majors or specialisations for existing qualifications, while others have created new qualifications at undergraduate, graduate or post graduate level. The nature and level of many of these new qualifications have been well document by a number of writers including Chan and Swatman (2000b, 2001 and 2002). Chan and Swatman (2000a) in an analysis of the eCommerce/eBusiness job markets developed a model of the “Inter-related Role of the eCommerce Professional”. This model is in affect a three-legged stool made up of Commerce/Business, Electronics and People. A number of other writers also point to eCommerce being multidisciplinary as opposed to being a single discipline in itself, with most writers, including Turban et al. (2002), and Nesbit (2001 and 2002) reaching the point of saying that the underlying disciplines fall into the three categories of business, technology and social sciences. The paper also includes a description of how the qualification is structured into two optional specialisations of Web Programming and eBusiness Strategies and looks at the combination of courses that typical students might complete as part of the qualification.

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  • What do pigs and chickens have to do with eCommerce

    Nesbit, T. (2001)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    In a world where more organisations are embracing eCommerce or eBusiness or eSomethingelse, there are an increasing number of eFailures as well. This paper looks at what it means to be successful in eCommerce and in particular the management skills that are needed for eCommerce organisations to be innovative and successful. The findings are based on a review of literature and the interview of a senior manager in an eCommerce organisation in New Zealand, and will be able to be used as the basis for a questionnaire to be distributed to a wider sample of organisations. The paper concludes by drawing a parallel between our understanding of the nature of pigs and chickens, and the characteristics of successful eCommerce organisations.

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  • International students and cooperative industry projects in ICT education: a study of impact factors

    Asgarkhani, M.; Wan, J. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    This paper elaborates on the outcome of initial stages of a study on factors than can impact (positively or negatively) upon success of international students’ (in this case Chinese) studies overseas - with a focus on projects that require considerable self initiation, self discipline and self learning. Cooperative industry projects were chosen to conduct this study. Phase one involved observing the performance of 16 graduating students and collecting data throughout two semesters. The outcome of this phase (even though not yet final) indicates that despite popular belief (that language and cultural differences are significant barriers to Chinese students’ success), willingness, interest in topic and commitment play a crucial role in success of Chinese students in completing cooperative industry projects.

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  • Research cultures under the microscope: three case studies

    Joyce, D.; Bridgeman, N.; Nesbit, T. (2005)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    Committee on Computing Qualifications (NACCQ) offer computing degrees and are under pressure to grow their “research cultures” in order to maintain their degree accreditation. The three authors have experienced this pressure in different ways: as heads of department, programme directors and research co-ordinators. In this paper they attempt to answer five research questions: • what patterns of growth/decay have been observed at three institutions of different sizes? • how has the balance between publication and presentation changed? • how has the balance between national and international changed? • how has the balance between conferences and journals changed? • what are the possible reasons for the observed changes?

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  • Performance evaluation and capacity planning of corporate networks: a pilot study of methodologies and trends

    Asgarkhani, M.; Ward, B.; Kennedy, D. (2001)

    Conference paper
    Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Te Wānanga Ōtautahi

    During the past few years we have witnessed a staggering growth in computer networks. Internet and digital business have had a profound effect on our day-to-day lives. This paper discusses our findings in regards to the challenges that IT departments have had to face - in particular, that of ongoing network performance evaluation and capacity planning. Our findings are the result of a pilot study that was conducted within a number of Christchurch based organisations. Issues such as user involvement, service level agreements, reactive or proactive planning have been addressed, as have tools, techniques and methodologies.

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