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Remote lessons no substitute for Awanuiarangi
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Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi is working on how it can continue teaching some courses during the Covid-19 lockdown but it’s discovering the limits of technology.

Chief executive Wiremu Docherty says while staff are able to work remotely, a trial of teaching lessons via the Zoom meeting app lacked a critical element of social interaction.

"It misses that critical component where people reflect together on what they have learned and that is normally over a cup of tea or when you bed down for the night alongside someone in our marae-styled accommodation and it is at that time we see some really valuable cementing of ideas that have been delivered to them through the day," he says..

Wiremu Docherty says some courses will try to continue remotely, but for the rest, it’s revision and reading.

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