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WCELfest13 Keynote

Dr. John Hinchcliff

Dr John HinchcliffDr John Hinchcliff has enjoyed a distinguished career in education, serving as Director, President and Vice-Chancellor for 20 years leading the Auckland University of Technology  through its transition from a polytechnic to a university.   Prior to that he has taught in Australia, the USA and NZ and has published on ethics, philosophy, disarmament and religion, as well as education. He is also the author of the book: "Values Integrating Education" and the  historical novel: "Parihaka" and he has edited several books.  In 2003 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education. He has been an Auckland City Councilor and President of the Auckland Rotary Club. Currently he is Chair of the Quality Commission of NZ Association of Private Education Providers,  President of the NZ Peace Foundation, and serves on the NZ Futures Trust and an Advisory Trustee of Leadership NZ.

Balancing the humanum and the technos in Learning for our Future

In an excellent keynote address, John examined how we should approach the future of learning and the pressures forcing change on the academy while finding a careful balance between our engagement with technology and engaging with the person.

Dr John Hinchcliffe Keynote

Click the image above to watch John's keynote or listen to the audio podcast.


John will  explore our approach to the future of learning. What are the pressures forcing change on the academy? Can we ignore the changing technologies, the increasing demands for appropriate education, the recognition of the life changing opportunities it can bring, the quest for  capital growth and the marketplace in education and our challenge to encourage students to choose appropriate curricula?  How do we empower students to become critical and reflective thinkers, empowered and enabled to be successful, confident and at ease in a challenging and changing future? Can we use technology to enhance the opportunities for learning without forgetting the humanity of learners and teachers? We are at a point now in the development of e-learning where the use of technology is no longer an adjunct or afterthought but an integral part of our environment.  Whatever the future holds, our route to it will be determined by the choices we make today.


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