Faculty Priorities

Our 2020 priorities respond to the indicated needs of our faculties. All of the outlined priorities are aligned to our AUT Strategic Direction; AUT Learning and Teaching Curriculum Roadmap to 2025, Great Graduates and Xceptional Learning Experiences. Our altLAB expertise will work with the faculties to implement initiatives that support and fulfil their teaching and learning intentions.

Culture & Society | Te Ara Poutama

1/1 Widening Digital Footprint

Both faculties aim to widen their digital footprint. Enhance established programmes and papers that already have digital/online components and form new initiatives in programmes and papers, that will build on the enhancements to these existing offerings.  

Design & Creative Technologies

1/5 First Year Experience

Within all undergraduate (first year) programmes in DCT, scaffold/develop learning activities and assessment with a strong focus on retention and pass rates to be 86%+. Focus on Orientation/Belonging, Inclusive Teaching, Closing the Loop through a cascade model of support.

Design & Creative Technologies

2/5 Authentic Assessment

Enact School or Faculty level professional learning related to strategic direction. Assist with the development of DCT Assessment Guide, to support staff and re-imagine approaches to constructive alignment.

Development of Authentic Assessment/learning activities (particularly in STEM programmes and papers) across all levels. Work at a deeper level with ECMS, building on work outlined in priority 1. Reducing the number of assessments while also reimagining what a ‘controlled’ assessment might look like.

Design & Creative Technologies

3/5 Faculty Paper Mahitahi

Explicate an actionable framework for embedding Mātauranga Māori across programmes, with a focus on inter/transdisciplinary teamwork. The intention is for students to learn about traditional collaboration principles and practices, with reflection on how their learning may be transferred to digital work futures where collaboration within and across disciplines is central.

Design & Creative Technologies

4/5 Digital Learning Scale-up: Employability Scaffold

Brainstorm imaginative approaches to transforming our practice in digital learning, to ensure that academics ‘on the ground’ will be supported for implementation from 2021. The initiative will be launched in the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee in February 2020.

Design & Creative Technologies

5/5 Master of Future Environments

Develop a new programme: Master of Future Environments/‘Smart Floating Cities’ online paper. Concept proposal was endorsed by APSG for development, with a view to 2021 launch. ‘Smart Floating Cities’ will be available through the Blue Economy CRC funded research partnership. This online paper (and perhaps another) would be strategically significant in terms of research/teaching nexus, with a large potential future student pool for AUT through the CRC university partnerships.

Health & Environmental Sciences

1/6 Major Redesign of an Existing Programme

Develop a programme across the Clinical School that allows students to have greater flexibility in their course of study. Ideally working towards a 1/3 discipline specific course work, 1/3 interprofessional and 1/3 electives from across the University. Ensure that the shared and common papers are contextualised to enable students from different programmes to identify with the learning – consider authenticity of assessment design. Instil expectations regarding sustainability and Mātauranga Māori across curricula.

Health & Environmental Sciences

2/6 Significant pieces of work related to Faculty or University strategic direction

Extend the work currently underway between IT and the Faculty to address the structural anomalies that work against standards-based assessment. Work closely with two degree programmes to increase constructive alignment, consider grading models/calculations and standards-based assessment.  

Health & Environmental Sciences

3/6 Significant pieces of work related to Faculty or University strategic direction

Revisit existing graduate profiles and evaluate them (utilising a backward mapping process) in relation to currency for the discipline, how they reflect the ‘graduate profile model’ and the ‘Great Graduates’ aspirations of Care, Question, Act along with other key elements from Xceptional Learning Experiences and AUT roadmaps. 

Health & Environmental Sciences

4/6 School or Faculty level professional learning related to strategic direction

Engage resources to support developing the profile of this Faculty and educators in the scholarship of health professional education and therefore supporting the development of research outputs and PBRF rankings (specific to educational practice).  

Health & Environmental Sciences

5/6 School or Faculty level professional learning related to strategic direction

Identify two key innovations in educational practice (curriculum design, teaching practice or assessment) and support them, and the colleagues behind them, to be recognised – locally and/or internationally. Participatory approaches to research including action methodology will be utilised.  

Health & Environmental Sciences

6/6 School or Faculty level professional learning related to strategic direction

Implement the comprehensive approaches to professional development across AUT with a view to having champions of the induction, credit-bearing programme and mentoring model. Offer one-on-one support for individual colleagues as they move through a professional learning pathway appropriate for their career. Profile the expertise and contribution to the Faculty.  

Business, Economics & Law

1/3 Embedding Mātauranga Māori

Embed Mātauranga Māori in the curriculum across all undergraduate and postgraduate papers. This is part of a bigger project that may first involve an increase in faculty wide awareness of bi-culturalism, then move to a more specific look at the curriculum

Business, Economics & Law

2/3 Supporting HOS/D in Leading Learning and Teaching

Support heads of departments and schools to be leaders in teaching and learning through workshops. altLAB working in partnership with faculty representatives to establish needs, preferred approaches and priorities.

Business, Economics & Law

3/3 Other Initiatives

Accommodate request for a video recording room. Provide staff with a quiet, bookable space, to record their feedback to students.