By: Lyn Collie
Canvas is rolling out across the University by Semester 1 of 2016, which means we need to get a wriggle on! The central Canvas team and the Business School are providing a variety of support and training over this semester, to ensure that every course running next semester is successfully set up in our upgraded learning management system.
By: Tessa Owens
There is pleasure and fear associated with a blank canvas. We’re free to do what we want, to start afresh and (one hopes) create a thing of beauty. Alternatively, we fear a blank canvas – what if our efforts fail and we just end up with a big mess and a lot of wasted paint and effort? The fear and pleasure associated with newness is no doubt what many of us will experience in the coming months as we move over to Canvas, the new Learning Management System (LMS) which the University of Auckland has adopted.
Would you like to enhance your students’ learning? Do you dream of enjoyable classes (for both you and your students)? Are you aiming for a 100% rating in item LS08 in your teaching evaluations? If you have answered “Yes” at least once, then Bodo Lang’s seminar on Classroom Engagement will definitely be of interest!
By: Susan Geertshuis and Prachi Malhotra
Think back to your university days – can you remember how difficult it was to get the hang of all the obscure jargon your professors used? Now imagine that there were three or four times as many unfamiliar words and that you took much longer than other people to read texts and follow instructions.
By: Ron Tiong
Are your class sizes increasing? Is your marking support limited? Are you finding it increasingly difficult to mark assessments?
By: Ross McDonald
Ethics is a notoriously slippery area of study. Weighty issues of what is “right” and “wrong” or “good” and “bad” need to be debated and for many students and teachers alike this is a significant challenge.
By: Angela Liew
Teaching a topic regarded by students as difficult or of low relevance can be quite challenging, as is the case of an interdisciplinary subject such as Accounting Information Systems.
Our first major event for 2015 was the Learning and Teaching Forum, which ran during the mid-semester break. Focused on exploring techniques associated with the Business School’s newly minted five-year learning and teaching strategy, this half-day event showcased approaches currently used by lecturers to improve student satisfaction, engagement, and outcomes.
By: Petteena McOnie
The value of the Māori economy was estimated at $36.9b in 2010. Current projections indicate it has the potential to grow New Zealand’s GDP by $12b extra per annum up to 2060, creating an additional 150,000 jobs. The economic development of New Zealand is tied strongly to the development of the Māori economy and vice versa, although the growth potential of the Māori economy is greater
By: Brad Evans
At the end of the holidays, having been away from the classroom for a number of years, I turned my attention to getting into the right mindset for the first semester. It was at this moment that an unexpected invitation to participate in the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) training course presented itself.