altLAB Vision, Mission and Principles

Our Vision, Mission and Principles statement communicates our commitment to serving the AUT community and changing the way we work and learn.

Vision

“Changing the way we work and learn”

Principles

  • Our work is aligned with, and directly supports AUT Directions 2025 and the LTC Roadmap.
  • Our work is underpinned by evidence.
  • We engage in systematic strategies to evaluate and disseminate the scope, quality, value and impact of our educational services – activities and initiatives.
  • We cultivate practices of service: with manaaki, to care for our people; mana aki, empowering self and collective efficacy; and mana ā kī, to be meaningful in our communication and relationships.

Mission

Building capacity
Providing professional learning that equips all teaching staff with the fundamentals of curriculum design, assessment and pedagogy; providing a contemporary suite of digital resources to strengthen the skills and abilities of individuals and teams; supporting engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and ensuring all new staff are prepared to meet the challenges of teaching in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand.

Enabling others
Building networks and connections across schools and faculties to support teaching and learning; building distributed expertise; fostering connections between individuals and groups; providing leadership and expertise; learning from and with others.

Creating community
Creating intentional opportunities to connect communities, to enhance partnerships and collaborations, and to share with, and learn from others.

Strengthening innovation
Bringing together novel ideas, and approaches; enhancing what we do by doing it differently; applying what we know in unique contexts; discovering creative solutions.

Strengthening our identity
Building our [altLAB] credibility; communicating our strengths and successes; enhancing the visibility of our services – activities and initiatives.

Vision

“Changing the way we work and learn”

Principles

  • Our work is aligned with and supports AUT’s strategic learning and teaching directions.
  • Our work is underpinned by evidence.
  • We engage in systematic strategies to evaluate and disseminate the scope, quality, value and impact of our educational services – activities and initiatives.
  • We cultivate practices of service: with manaaki, to care for our people; mana aki, empowering self and collective efficacy; and mana ā kī, to be meaningful in our communication and relationships.

Mission

Building capacity

Providing professional learning that equips all teaching staff with the fundamentals of curriculum design, assessment and pedagogy; providing a contemporary suite of digital resources to strengthen the skills and abilities of individuals and teams; supporting engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and ensuring all new staff are prepared to meet the challenges of teaching in contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand.

Enabling others

Building networks and connections across schools and faculties to support teaching and learning; building distributed expertise; fostering connections between individuals and groups; providing leadership and expertise; learning from and with others.

Creating community

Creating intentional opportunities to connect communities, to enhance partnerships and collaborations, and to share with, and learn from others.

Strengthening innovation

Bringing together novel ideas, and approaches; enhancing what we do by doing it differently; applying what we know in unique contexts; discovering creative solutions.

Strengthening our identity

Building our [altLAB] credibility; communicating our strengths and successes; enhancing the visibility of our services – activities and initiatives.

Associate Professor Benjamin Kehrwald

Director of Professional Learning/Head of altLAB

This is an exciting time to be working in learning and teaching at AUT. The future of technology-enhanced learning is bright and being at New Zealand’s University of Technology means we have a special role to play. We are looking forward to extending the remarkable work that has begun in 2020 into a future with engaging multimedia learning, more flexible learner-driven approaches, virtual reality, and highly connected student experiences which extend well beyond our campuses and make a difference in our communities. We’re just getting started.”

Associate Professor Benjamin Kehrwald

Director of Professional Learning/Head of altLAB

Photo of Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Gayle Morris
Photo of Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Gayle Morris

Professor Gayle Morris

Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching

Professor Gayle Morris

Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching

altLAB is the realisation of a shared vision to support our continual growth and creativity as educators. altLAB seeks to define a new way of thinking about how we work and learn and always with a view to how that translates into the student learning experience, and AUT more broadly, as a thoroughly modern university – from new programmes of required professional learning, to new service level agreements with faculties, to new platforms of communication and new entities, such as the AUT Academy to broaden our impact. Watch this space; we’ve only just begun.”