Teaching spaces are fast changing to accommodate new approaches to curriculum and pedagogical advances. Separate lab, lecture, and tutorial spaces are increasingly being combined to promote active and collaborative learning in a streamlined approach.
ILT is excited to host its annual half-year symposium, Learn Do Share: Canvas Plus.
This September, we’ll be looking to the future! Staff from across the University will be joining us to share how they’ve taken Canvas, the University’s Learning Management System, to the next level in blending pedagogy and technology.
Embedding employability skills into academic curricula is a key concern for universities and tertiary education institutions today.
This topic was the focus of a University of Auckland Business School (UABS) workshop on the 12th June entitled ‘University and beyond: embedding employability and life into the curriculum’ run by Professor Susan Geertshuis, Narissa Lewis, and Patricia Hubbard.
The theme for this year’s Teaching Forum was ‘Think BIG.. start small.’
Innovative teaching is sometimes too big a problem to tackle easily so the focus of this year’s symposium was on adopting small changes to teaching practice designed to have a big impact on learning outcomes for students.
The pressure on universities to move content online has initiated conversation about the purpose and value of the lecture theatre as a teaching ‘space’. Central to the defence of the lecture theatre is its social nature; students physically gather together to learn from, and with, one another, as a collective.
Innovative teaching can sometimes feel like too big a problem to tackle easily. In this year’s Teaching Forum, colleagues from the University of Auckland will be discussing learning and teaching initiatives that reveal how small changes in teaching can make a big difference to students’ experience and learning.
The semester is now well underway and with it a number of ILT’s workshops, seminars, and events. However, things are only just getting started! As we hurtle towards the mid-semester break, now is a great time to highlight some of the professional development events ILT will be hosting soon and throughout 2017.
O-Week is a busy, fun time for most first year students and those in the Business School are no exception. However, some students made time to attend a series of four Maths Essentials Workshops, part of a new initiative that I’m running. The workshops are part of the academic skills development offered to students by the Business School’s Innovative Learning and Teaching team, in conjunction with Economics, Statistics and Accounting, and Finance.
Recent feedback from Business School students has been that they overwhelmingly support the move from Cecil to Canvas, and really like Canvas’ user-friendly features. The most common request was for more consistency in how Canvas courses are presented across the Business School. In ILT’s final monthly seminar for 2016, we discussed how to address this request.