Professional learning
altLAB offers a range of professional learning sessions and events for teaching staff to support learning and teaching at AUT.
Professional Learning
Programmmes
Technology Enhanced Educational Practice
These sessions are for staff who wish to discover how learning technologies can enhance their teaching and support their learners. Participants will consider their own teaching contexts through interactive workshop sessions and evaluate how such tools might be applied to their practice.  
AUT Essentials & Essentials+
Our foundational programmes AUT Essentials and AUT Essentials+ are designed to help staff meet the challenges of teaching for the first time whilst enhancing their educational practice. The programmes contextualise teaching and learning at AUT and explore the ways in which our values and priorities inform curriculum design. AUT Essentials is a required programme designed for new casual/hourly staff with teaching responsibilities. AUT Essentials+ is a required programme designed for academic staff who are new to teaching.  

AUT Essentials comprises two modules:      
Module 1 Designing for Learning introduces participants to the fundamental principles of curriculum design, approaches to student learning and how to plan teaching and design learner-focused rather than content-driven teaching. 

Module 2 Teaching for Learning informs participants of teaching approaches to support learning. Provides practical guidance on how to create nurturing teaching environments that foster meaningful and positive relationships, as well as designing learning that is activity, project, practice and action orientated.     

AUT Essentials+ comprises five modules:     

Module 3 Assessing Learning provides participants with theopportunity to discuss good principles and practice in assessment design, with a focus on designing authentic assessment. This session will review the purposes of assessment and the role it can play in helping students gauge their learning progress. 

Module 4 Designing Feedback explores the crucial role thatfeedback plays in learning and in empowering students. It will look at how newapproaches to feedback design, including peer to peer, can help students toimplement feedback and be active participants in the feedback process. 

Module 5 Evaluating Your Teaching explores approaches to evaluating teaching, including reflection on practice, collecting feedback from studentsand the value of peer review. The value in taking a scholarly approach todeveloping educational practice will also be discussed.   
Academic Practice Sessions
These sessions are designed toadvance educational practice across all experience levels and may particularlyappeal to more experienced teaching staff. Topics are either presented in interactive webinars orfacilitated as hands-on workshops, where participants consider the application fortheir own teaching context.
Occasional Series
This occasional series provides staff with fresh ideas,new approaches and opportunities for enhancing educational practice. The firstin this series, Global Perspectives in Educational Practice, connects usto leading scholars across the globe and helps us to recognise and respond to our place in the world
Evaluating your Teaching
Module 5 Handbook
This module presents an opportunity to bring together learnings from Modules 1-4, as we explore a multi- faceted approach to the evaluation of teaching practice.

The session will explore approaches to evaluating teaching, including reflection on practice, collecting feedback from students and the value of peer review. The value in taking a scholarly approach to developing educational practice will also be discussed.
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Inclusive teaching at AUT
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Activity-based course design
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Designing a session plan
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Basic Online Quizzes
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Maintaining and Updating Content Part 2
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Before You Publish
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H5P Part 2
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Basic Communication Tools 
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21st Century Skills and STEM Education
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Online Marking and Gradebook
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Basic Assessment Setup
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Adding Teams Meetings to Canvas
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Advanced Online Quizzes
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H5P Part 1
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Basic ePortfolio
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Basic Assessment Setup
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Adding Teams Meetings to Canvas
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Maintaining and Updating Content Part 2
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Rubrics Writing
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Advanced Assessment Setup
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Advanced Communication Tools
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Advanced ePortfolio
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Maintaining and Updating Content Part 1
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Digital audio and video feedback strategies: scarily personal
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AUT Essentials+ (Module 5)
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AUT Essentials+ (Modules 3 & 4)
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AUT Essentials
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AUT Essentials
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Upcoming sessions
Recorded sessions
Our series of recorded sessions are available here. These recorded sessions give you the opportunity to watch and learn at your own pace.
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 1
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 1

In this workshop session, which is Part 1 of 2, you will learn the basics of maintaining and updating content in Canvas, practice adding different types of content within pages, as well as organising modules and organising files.

7
February 2023
10:00 am
Microsoft Teams
Before You Publish
Before You Publish

In this workshop session, you will walk through some basic steps in order to polish up your Canvas course to get it ready for students before the new semester.

This session will look at how to check and update course content, how to fix any broken links, how to check for accessibility, using the student view, scheduling welcome announcements, configuring assessment and gradebook settings, and finally - how to publish the course!

9
February 2023
10:00 am
Microsoft Teams
AUT Essentials
AUT Essentials

AUT Essentials is designed to help staff meet the challenges of teaching for the first time whilst enhancing their educational practice. The programme contextualises teaching and learning at AUT and explores the ways in which our values and priorities inform curriculum design.

Key Areas Covered

AUT Essentials comprises two modules:

Module 1 Designing for Learning introduces participants to the fundamental principles of curriculum design, approaches to student learning and how to plan teaching and design learner-focused rather than content-driven teaching.

Module 2 Teaching for Learning informs participants of teaching approaches to support learning. Provides practical guidance on how to create nurturing teaching environments that foster meaningful and positive relationships, as well as designing learning that is activity, project, practice and action orientated.

Target Audience

This is a required programme designed for new casual/hourly staff with teaching responsibilities. ‘New to teaching’ is defined as having undertaken less than one year of full-time teaching at a tertiary institution. If you have more than one year’s teaching experience, there is no attendance requirement, however, you are welcome to register to attend. Exemptions from the programme must be approved by your line manager and supported by evidence.

14
February 2023
9:00 am
WG608
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 2
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 2

In this workshop session, which is Part 2 of 2, you will learn more advanced aspects of maintaining and updating content in Canvas, particularly involving the use of the 'Elements' feature for creating visually attractive and engaging content for learners.

Please feel free to bring along any images or content from your courses that you would like to have a chance to update or work on on during this session.

15
February 2023
10:00 am
Microsoft Teams
Designing a session plan
Designing a session plan

This session will provide you with important information on designing a one-hour teaching session. This includes:

  • structure of a session
  • template to help you brainstorm your session plan
  • technology that can be used in a session

You will also have opportunities to start to work on a session plan and discuss with fellow participants about planning a session.

16
February 2023
1:00 pm
WG608
Adding Teams Meetings to Canvas
Adding Teams Meetings to Canvas

In this workshop session, you will learn how to create an event for an online session in the Canvas calendar, use the Canvas-Microsoft Teams integration, and configure meeting options for online teaching.

17
February 2023
2:00 pm
Microsoft Teams
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 1
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 1

In this workshop session, which is Part 1 of 2, you will learn the basics of maintaining and updating content in Canvas, practice adding different types of content within pages, as well as organising modules and organising files.

20
February 2023
2:00 pm
Microsoft Teams
AUT Essentials
AUT Essentials

AUT Essentials is designed to help staff meet the challenges of teaching for the first time whilst enhancing their educational practice. The programme contextualises teaching and learning at AUT and explores the ways in which our values and priorities inform curriculum design.

Key Areas Covered

AUT Essentials comprises two modules:

Module 1 Designing for Learning introduces participants to the fundamental principles of curriculum design, approaches to student learning and how to plan teaching and design learner-focused rather than content-driven teaching.

Module 2 Teaching for Learning informs participants of teaching approaches to support learning. Provides practical guidance on how to create nurturing teaching environments that foster meaningful and positive relationships, as well as designing learning that is activity, project, practice and action orientated.

Target Audience

This is a required programme designed for new casual/hourly staff with teaching responsibilities. ‘New to teaching’ is defined as having undertaken less than one year of full-time teaching at a tertiary institution. If you have more than one year’s teaching experience, there is no attendance requirement, however, you are welcome to register to attend. Exemptions from the programme must be approved by your line manager and supported by evidence.

22
February 2023
9:00 am
WG608
Adding Teams Meetings to Canvas
Adding Teams Meetings to Canvas

In this workshop session, you will learn how to create an event for an online session in the Canvas calendar, use the Canvas-Microsoft Teams integration, and configure meeting options for online teaching.

22
February 2023
10:00 am
Microsoft Teams
Activity-based course design
Activity-based course design

In this workshop, we will use the ABC Learning Design framework from University College London (UCL) to review and visualise the learning activities embedded in your current course design. Using the framework, we support you to redesign the high-level learning activities in your course to increase productive student activities towards the course learning outcomes.

23
February 2023
1:00 pm
WG608
Basic Communication Tools 
Basic Communication Tools 

In this workshop session, you will learn about the basic communication channels that are available in Canvas, such as Announcements, Discussions and the Canvas Inbox, and practice creating effective examples of each.

28
February 2023
10:00 am
Microsoft Teams
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 2
Maintaining and Updating Content Part 2

In this workshop session, which is Part 2 of 2, you will learn more advanced aspects of maintaining and updating content in Canvas, particularly involving the use of the 'Elements' feature for creating visually attractive and engaging content for learners.

Please feel free to bring along any images or content from your courses that you would like to have a chance to update or work on on during this session.

2
March 2023
2:00 pm
Microsoft Teams
Technology Enhanced Educational Practice