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Past Events

SIT Research Symposium 2015SIT Research Symposium 2015

On 30 November 2015 teaching staff at SIT presented their research at the annual Staff Research Symposium.  In an interesting and varied agenda, 12 staff shared their research with their colleagues.  The day was spilt into three sessions, with staff presenting from across three faculties: Health, Humanities and Computing, New Media Arts and Business and SIT2LRN.  ‘This is an important annual event at SIT offering a great opportunity for staff to share their research with their colleagues,’ says Research Manager Sally Bodkin-Allen.  ‘There were a fascinating range of projects presented and plenty of opportunities for discussion.’ 

 

Staff are able to draw on the results of their research in their teaching and to ensure that they keep abreast of new ideas in their fields.  The symposium provides an opportunity for staff to hear about a wide range of research findings and to share work in progress with an engaged and supportive audience.  The agenda this year included the presentation of results from experimental research in the areas of sports and exercise, a discussion of autoethnographical research methodology being used by staff teaching through innovative nursing education based on simulation, and analyses of issues as diverse as corporate governance, conservation management of dolphins, hydro-electricity and cybercrime.  The audience was able to view original screen productions, to learn about heavy metal music in Southland and the findings of a study of student withdrawals from online foundation studies. 

 

At the end of the day audience members voted for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for their favourite presentation of the day.  ‘Once again the voting was very close, reflecting the quality of research and the effort people had put into their presentations,’ Sally says.  ‘The award went to Andrea Knowler from the School of Nursing with her presentation “Mask-Ed, Pup-Ed, and simulators down under – an autoethnographic study”.’  Andrea and a group of nursing tutors implemented masks this year to create a more realistic learning environment for their students.  Andrea says that SIT has been very supportive of introduction Mask Ed into the course framework and the Research Symposium was a great opportunity to showcase the initiative to her peers.

Staff Research Presentations
The effect of a short term exercise programme making use of thera-bands and myofascial lines, on dynamic balance Duncan McKenzie, School of Sport and Exercise
Patrick Gillies screen projects Patrick Gillies, School of Visual Arts, Film and Animation
Fallacious common sense Michael Fallu, School of Sport and Exercise
Heavy metal from the Antarctic ends of the earth: investigating the Metal music identity from Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Doug Heath, School of Contemporary Music
Why do New Zealand companies voluntarily disclose information? Kay McKinnel, School of Business
Vandalising Aratiatia and beautifying Benmore: a tale of two landscapes Jo Whittle, Research Institute
Student withdrawal from online foundation studies Teri McClelland, SIT2LRN
Researching policy impacts: epistemologies, ethics and outputs Anna Palliser, School of Environmental Management
Corporate governance in New Zealand Carol Cheong, School of Business
Mask-Ed, Pup-Ed, and simulators down under – an autoethnographic study Andrea Knowler and Jo Rhodes, School of Nursing
Cybercrime concerns and readiness for New Zealand businesses 2014-2015 Dax Roberts, School of Computing

 

Stephen Garton - Bachelor of Audio Production and Bachelor of Contemporary Music2015 Three Minute Thesis Competition

On November 9th, SIT's annual 'Three Minute Thesis' (3MT) competition was held. The challenge is for third year students to present their research projects in just three minutes. The best presentation wins a prize presented at the SIT Awards Night.

This year's contest was won by Bachelor of Audio Production student Stephen Garton. His presentation titled “Repercussion: Music education for the 21st century" looked at case studies of four online drum teachers, compared their teaching styles, and summarised five aspects of musicality that were exemplified in their teaching.

Rachel Batley, representing the Bachelor of Environmental Management with her presentation "Monitoring the effects of a 1080 poison operation on the breeding of morepork (Ninox novaseelandiae) in the Dunsdale Reserve, NZ, using radio telemetry tracking" was placed second.

Guest judge Gilliam Sim complimented all the finalists on the standard of their presentations and the strength of their research projects.

 

2014 Southland Health Research Five Minute Findings Forum

The biennial Southland Health Research Five Minute Findings Forum was held in collaboration between Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and Southern District Health Board (SDHB).  This was the second time the forum has been run, and this year it was held at the Southland Medical Foundation Lecture Theatre at Kew Hospital.  Sixteen researchers from SIT, the Southern District Health Board and the community present their findings in just five minutes each.  A very wide range of topics were covered during the day, ranging across the fields of public and environmental health, natural therapies, medicine, nursing, sport and exercise, and health education.

A panel of two judges assessed the performances of the presenters.  The Best Presentation winner of a cash prize of $250, donated by Southland Nurses Forum, was Sally Dobbs from SIT School of Nursing for her work on 'Assessing failing nursing students in clinical practice'. The Judge's Commendation award went to SDHB Clinical Nurse Specialist Helen Peek with her research on 'Women's perceptions of the pelvic floor'.  Guest speaker Gareth Meech from Statistics New Zealand gave an informative talk about the outcomes of the Census 2013 and the implications of the data for the health of Southlanders.

The audience of around 50 people was made up of professionals from hospital, tertiary education and community settings, and attendees found the event very informative and useful.  The forum convenors, Gillian Sim (Nurse Researcher SDHB) and Jo Whittle (Research Officer SIT), express their thanks to our financial sponsors: Southland Medical Foundation, the Executive Directors of Nursing and Southern Institute of Technology.  Thank you also to all the helpers in the lead up and on the day, and to the presenters and participants. 

Abstracts of all presentation topics here

 

National Tertiary Learning & Teaching Conference 2014

In October 2014 Southern Institute of Technology hosted the Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Learning & Teaching Conference in Invercargill.  This was the second consecutive year that SIT had hosted the conference, which offered an opportunity to showcase the institute and the region and to network with tertiary teachers from around New Zealand.  Inspirational keynote speakers were supported by a wide range of workshops, presentations and ‘six minute solutions’ which challenged participants to share a practical teaching initiative in just six minutes.  The conference delivered an important opportunity for SIT staff to access ideas for improving learning and teaching in the tertiary sector from a wide range of practitioners who generously shared their expertise and their practical skills and knowledge.  SIT staff also imparted their teaching expertise.  A number of tutors ran workshops and gave presentations as part of the conference, and Donna Bowman, recipient of the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation’s 2013 ‘Tutor of the Year’ award, delivered a keynote address.

SIT Research Symposium 2014

On 1 December 2014 teaching staff at SIT presented their research at the annual Staff Research Symposium. In an interesting and varied agenda, 12 staff shared their research with their colleagues. The day was spilt into three sessions, with staff presenting from across two faculties: Health, Humanities and Computing, and New Media Arts and Business.  ‘The Symposium is now a well-established event on the annual SIT calendar,’ says Research Manager Sally Bodkin-Allen.  ‘This year staff had slightly longer to present their research which allowed ample time for questions and discussion.’ 

The Symposium offered a great opportunity for staff to hear about a wide range of research findings and to share work in progress with an engaged and supportive audience.  A number of topics related to supporting teaching and learning, including research into effective techniques for collaborative learning and the innovative use of simulation techniques to enhance nursing education.  There were also a wide range of presentations on research related to the areas of expertise and art practice of individual staff members in the areas of sport and exercise, business, environmental management, visual arts, film and animation.  Staff are able to draw on the results of their research in their teaching and to ensure they keep abreast of new ideas in their fields. 

At the end of the event audience members vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for their favourite presentation of the day.  ‘The voting was very close this year, reflecting the work people had put into their presentations,’ Sally says.  ‘The award went to Kathryn McCully with her dynamic presentation “Performing the DIY Public Museum”.’  Congratulations Kathryn!  A full list of speakers and topics is given below.

Presenter Presentation Title

Duncan McKenzie, School of Sport and Exercise

The physiological effects of a slacklining intervention programme on dynamic balance/proprioception performance.

Frederico Botafogo, School of Business

BOT101: the introductory lecture.  An educational experiment to evaluate the viability of teaching a rather abstract concept to first year students.

Peter Belton, School of Visual Arts, Film and Animation 

The return of the Rükenfigur: an explanation of the history of painting practice in the manner of the Romantic Sublime and how it has informed Peter’s own approach to painting.

Jerry Hoffman

Initial findings from the ITP sector collaboration practices research project.

Ross Ramsay, School of Environmental Management 

From radiometric dating of detrital minerals from the Pegasus Group, Stewart Island to clays and forensic science.

Patrick Gillies, School of Visual Arts, Film and Animation

Triangulating history: researching "Poppy Boys”.

Fred Musika, School of Business 

Clean green consumption dimension in the Consumer Styles Inventory (SCI) scale.

Anna Palliser, School of Environmental Management 

A tale of two perspectives: post-normal science and Hector’s dolphin management.  A discussion about the value of local and scientific knowledge in the management of Hector’s dolphins around Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand.

Fiona Tyrie and Debbie Ruwhiu

Zoom: Techniques for zooming collaborative learning in the classroom.

Kevin Miles, School of Visual Arts, Film and Animation

Island: exploring the significance of the 'island' in the dialectics of human experience and examining the shoreline of islands critically through the medium of photography both in discussion and in practice.

Jo Rhodes, School of Nursing

Introducing MaskEd into nursing education at SIT: where we are at, and “what is next”?  Informing our collaborative research project for 2015.

Kathryn McCully, School of Visual Arts, Film and Animation

Performing the DIY Public Museum.

 

SIT Three Minute Thesis Contest

In November 2014 students competed in the SIT Three Minute Thesis contest.  The contest is open to all third year degree students who have a research component as part of their degree, and challenges them to present the key findings from their research projects in just three minutes and using only one Power Point slide!  One student from each programme won the opportunity to compete in the finals, held on 10 November 2014 in the main seminar centre. 

This was the second year the contest has been held and it drew a large and enthusiastic audience of staff and of students keen to support their classmates. 

The competition was judged by a panel of three judges who were looking for appropriate communication style, the ability of the presenters to help a non-specialist audience comprehend the breadth and significance of their research, and the extent to which speakers engaged the audience.

The 2014 winner of the contest was Andrew Cornford, a third year student in the Bachelor of Audio Production programme, who spoke on the use of music to improve physical exercise.  Andrew received a prize of $250 which was presented to him at the SIT Awards Night in December 2014.



Southland Biodiversity Expo 2013 – “Biodiversity in Our Backyard”

The inaugural Biodiversity Expo ‘Biodiversity in our Backyard’ was held at SIT in Invercargill on Saturday 13 July 2013.  It provided an inspiring snapshot of what landowners, businesses and communities throughout Southland are achieving by working together to enhance biodiversity and improve their environmental footprint. 

The event was organised by SIT, Fonterra, Environment Southland, Department of Conservation and New Zealand Landcare Trust.   About 140 people attended the day of presentations and displays from agencies such as ES, DOC, Fonterra, NZ Landcare Trust, Southland Community Law Centre and community groups including Otatara Landcare Group, Good Nature, Forest Hill Foundation Trust, South Island Rakiura Environment and Conservation Trust, Fonterra, the Southland Law Society and the newest landcare group, Omaui Conservation Trust.  There were live geckos, freshwater crayfish and eels on display – which proved to be very popular with both children and adults.

Key note speakers included Sir Alan Mark, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago, who set the scene by providing an overview of the significance of biodiversity in and around Southland, and Dr Henrik Moller, Professor, CSAFE, University of Otago, who outlined how we all need to work together to protect and enhance our environment for all of us to benefit.  Lynsey Stratford from South Coast Dairies at Curio Bay explained how they had been able to implement a productive dairy operation and enhance the environment by working with a range of agencies and organisations which provided information and assistance.

The key notes were supported by 16 ‘bite-size’ presentations throughout the day, where farmers, local government and agencies, nurseries, SIT Environmental Management students, community groups and trusts shared their good ideas for promoting biodiversity on private land in just five minutes each.  This was a great format for maximum sharing of

Good Nature, Forest Hill Foundation Trust, South Island Rakiura Environment and Conservation Trust, Fonterra, the Southland Law Society and the newest landcare group, Omaui Conservation Trust.  There were live geckos, freshwater crayfish and eels on display – which proved to be very popular with both children and adults.

Key note speakers included Sir Alan Mark, Emeritus Professor, University of Otago, who set the scene by providing an overview of the significance of biodiversity in and around Southland, and Dr Henrik Moller, Professor, CSAFE, University of Otago, who outlined how we all need to work together to protect and enhance our environment for all of us to benefit.  Lynsey Stratford from South Coast Dairies at Curio Bay explained how they had been able to implement a productive dairy operation and enhance the environment by working with a range of agencies and organisations which provided information and assistance.

The key notes were supported by 16 ‘bite-size’ presentations throughout the day, where farmers, local government and agencies, nurseries, SIT Environmental Management students, community groups and trusts shared their good ideas for promoting biodiversity on private land in just five minutes each.  This was a great format for maximum sharing of good ideas and practical tools in the minimum time.  Phil Reid of Hokonui Radio acted as the MC for the event and did a great job of keeping all the speakers to time. 

Environmental Management students – very visible in their bright orange t-shirts – helped set up and run the event and were great ambassadors for SIT.  Two students, Julie Waters and Karen Maw, gave a ‘bit-size’ presentation and helped run the SIT expo stand. 

This was a very successful event and we have received requests for a repeat expo in the future.  

 

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