Good WIL Dialogue – Teaching Bi-Cultural Competency in a WIL course

“Aukaha kia kaha” : this Kāi Tahu whakataukī means to strengthen the bindings (or connections). In the context of WIL, this phrase emphasises the positive outcomes that come through ensuring
strong relationships and collaboration in and outside of the classroom.

Building bi-cultural competence and confidence is a graduate attribute which the University of Canterbury has been committed to for some time. There are seven kaupapa identified in
achieving such attribute which are met through well-articulated Learning Outcomes and related Assessments in each degree course. WIL courses often provide students with more
practical opportunities to acquire this attribute – but how do we actually enable and teach our students bi-cultural competence and confidence effectively and authentically?
In this Webinar, we share practical examples from the classroom of what has and what hasn’t worked over the years, with a particular focus upon: (1) adapting the teaching to the class dynamic; (2) eliciting a greater understanding of self-identity in the context of racism and white privilege; and (3) how to share essential work-related tikanga and te reo Māori in a memorable way in a short amount of time.

Date: Tuesday 21st October 2021

Time: 12:00pm Auckland

Facilitated by: Professor Jeanette King & Clare Murray, University of Canterbury