Magazine article New Zealand Management

InTouch : iPods a Popular Tool for Cookery Students

Magazine article New Zealand Management

InTouch : iPods a Popular Tool for Cookery Students

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Otago Polytech is using new generation technology to capture a new generation of hospitality students. The cookery students at Otago Polytechnic's Dunedin campus are downloading short training videos onto their iPods enabling them to learn "when they want, how they want".

Tony Heptinstall, the cookery programme manager at the polytech, told delegates at the HSI Conference last month that the students love this way of learning and that since its introduction, "re-sits are way down - from 230 to 90".

Heptinstall was speaking at the Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics NZ (ITPNZ) Hospitality Research Forum at the conference. He explained that VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write, Kinesthetic) tests to determine the predominant learning styles of the cookery students revealed that 75 percent of them were visual/kinesthetic learners, ie they didn't learn best from reading and writing.

The upshot of that was the production of more than 40 practical demonstration video clips that were accessible through YouTube. …

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