Professional Learning Programmes and Workshops

altLAB provides colleagues with a range of professional learning programmes and workshops that align to key Learning and Teaching directions at AUT and enhance educational practice.

Integrated Academic Practice

Integrated Academic Practice provides academic colleagues, regardless of University experience, with the ‘strategic essentials’ – a high-level overview of what integrated academic practice looks like at the University, an overview of the model of learning [ Xceptional Learning Experiences ], insights into the particular student cohort at AUT, and an opportunity to build connections with each other, and key leaders of learning and teaching. Colleagues will leave with some new connections and importantly our vision for you as staff.

AUT Essentials in Teaching

AUT Essentials in Teaching 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.

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. Exemptions from the programme must be approved by your line manager and supported by evidence.

AUT Essentials in Teaching comprises two of the five 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+

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.

This is a required programme designed for academic staff who are new to teaching. ‘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. Exemptions from the programme must be approved by your line manager and supported by evidence.

AUT Essentials+ extends on the content offered in AUT Essentials in Teaching and comprises all five 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.

Module 3 Assessing Learning provides participants with the opportunity 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 that feedback plays in learning and in empowering students. It will look at how new approaches to feedback design, including peer to peer, can help students to implement 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 students and the value of peer review. The value in taking a scholarly approach to developing educational practice will also be discussed.

Mana Whenua: preparing the ground for a treaty-honouring practice

This wananga/workshop welcomes participants into te ao Maori, the Maori world.

Participants will be guided gently through a discovery of how they can connect to te ao Maori, and how that relationship can form, shape and grow their own Treaty-honouring teaching practice. Haere mai, haere mai, haerea mai!