View educational resources and project work altLAB has worked on across faculties.

FeedbackFruits is an LMS-integrated tool suite designed to enhance student engagement, collaboration, and feedback in both asynchronous and synchronous learning. altLAB is conducting a pilot program throughout semester 2 to integrate the FeedbackFruits tool suite with Canvas. Working with a wide range of faculties, altLAB will implement FeedbackFruits’ tools into AUT courses and evaluate the lecturer and student experience. The pilot program focuses on creating streamlined teacher and peer feedback activities and enhancing student engagement within online course materials.

Assessment in 2021 and beyond

altLAB recently supported Professor Gayle Morris, PVC Learning and Teaching, on a discussion paper that explores authentic assessment and the place of summative examinations. While AUT is committed to authentic assessment (as part of the XLE Framework), summative examinations are often less authentic than alternatives.

What’s more, COVID-19 conditions have required AUT to adapt its assessment practices, with an explicit shift away from examinations. Drawing upon recent experiences, the paper supports a Learning and Teaching Committee discussion as AUT considers its assessment strategies and practices for 2021 and beyond

Assessment in 2021 and beyond
Wānanga Aronui

Wānanga Aronui is a partnership between the Office of Māori Advancement and altLAB. The partnership is designing a Professional Learning programme to support the weaving of mātauranga Māori into curricula across the University. A dual-approach of ground-up, needs-based and top-down, values-driven has been adopted to ensure that we can support the needs of our teaching staff through cultivating Our Values.

To shape the professional learning programme we are set to run three wānanga; tāngata whenua, tāngata tiriti and a collaborative design of the wānanga, to conclude. The professional learning programme will be available in 2021.

Wānanga Aronui
Kōrerorero App

Our digital media team collaborated with Te Ara Poutama: Māori indigenous development to design, develop and distribute the Kōrerorero Learn Te Reo Māori app. Kōrerorero, meaning conversations, is an interactive app designed to teach spoken te reo Māori through listening, repetition and learning of vocabulary/phrases that can be easily introduced into real life situations.

After a two-year collaboration, the app went live in Google Play and Apple stores on September 14 2020, after a two-year collaboration between Te Ara Poutama: Māori indigenous development and altLAB.

Kōrerorero App
Culinary Arts Demonstration Videos

Culinary Arts contacted altLAB in early 2020 with the idea to film a series of videos demonstrating skills specific to the Diploma of Culinary Arts. Due to Campus Closures, in response to COVID-19, the project was placed on pause.

One paper leader noted that “lockdown really highlighted the lack of online resources we had available” and re-emphasised the importance of the video resource creation. Once the first trial videos are complete we plan to set up a monthly video shoot and build a library of teaching resources. altLAB sees potential to carry this approach across to other disciplines where demonstration plays a key role in learning.

Culinary Arts Demonstration Videos

Human Anatomy and Physiology II (HAP II) is an interdisciplinary paper that is delivered to 1000+ on-campus and distance students each year. Delivery on such a large scale was the main driver in prompting the paper leader to reconsider the overall design.

altLAB initially met with the team to discuss what was working well and what could be changed ahead of Semester 2. With a longer-term redevelopment plan now in place, altLAB is working with the HAP II team to revisit paper learning outcomes and redesign assessments. The approach includes a shift away from final examinations to alternative assessments that are fair, culturally inclusive and constructively aligned.

Fresh perspectives for Communication Studies

The School of Communication Studies recently invited altLAB to present possibilities for course redesign, with a focus on improved connection between formative and summative assessment. altLAB developed four new concepts for a sample paper.

While retaining the original learning outcomes and graduate profile, the learning, assessment and teaching approaches were reconsidered. The intended outcome was to provide academic staff with inspiration from which they could develop their own ideas and papers.

Fresh perspectives for Communication Studies
Current projects
Good practice in online teaching
altLAB connected with colleagues, across the faculties, to learn of their experiences with teaching and learning online. Here, we present a series of video interviews that capture the key learnings, the successes and challenges and the varying modes of educational practice that shaped 2020.
Essentials and Essentials+ Handbooks
Designing for Learning
Module 1 Handbook
This module will introduce participants to some fundamental principles of curriculum design, including constructive alignment, approaches to student learning and how to design learner-focused rather than content-driven teaching.

These principles can be implemented in a flexible way into different learning and teaching environments. The ways in which Our Values and priorities for teaching and learning inform curriculum design will also be considered. Practical strategies for how to plan teaching will be a focus for the module.
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Teaching for Learning
Module 2 Handbook
This session will review a range of approaches to teaching and how they support learning. Practical guidance will be offered on how to create nurturing teaching environments that foster meaningful and positive relationships between learners.

A key focus will be on designing learning that is activity, project, practice and action orientated. Participants consider interdisciplinary collaboration and recognise the role that the educator can play in supporting this within learning spaces.
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Assessing Learning
Module 3 Handbook
This module will give participants the opportunity to discuss good principles and practice in assessment design, with a focus on designing authentic assessment. The workshop will review the purposes of assessment and the role it can play in helping students gauge their learning progress. The following questions are important to consider when planning a formative or summative assessment:

• Why am I assessing?
• What am I assessing?
• How am I assessing it?
• When should I assess?

We will be discussing these during the course of the workshop.
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Designing Feedback
Module 4 Handbook
This module will explore 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. The following are important questions when planning feedback and considering feedback strategies:

• What is feedback?
• Why feedback?
• When should feedback happen?
• What makes feedback effective?
• How might students experience feedback?
• How can you enable a feedback dialogue?
• How do we meet feedback challenges through assessment design?
• How can we develop practical feedback strategies?
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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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