Workshops and courses - Academic Services - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Workshops and courses

The Academic Services Group assist in offering several workshops and courses:

Tutor and Demonstrator training

The Academic Services Group, Academic Skills Centre and Electronic Learning Support collaborate to offer free-of-charge tutor and demonstrator training sessions.

We offer three sessions:

  • Basic tutor training is aimed at new tutors and demonstrators without prior teaching experience. In this two-hour workshop we cover general teaching techniques large and small group teaching creating a positive classroom climate and classroom management, question asking / answering strategies; typical scenarios that tutors / demonstrators may face in their teaching duties and intervention strategies.
  • Learn in the Teacher role is aimed at tutors / demonstrators whose duties include some management of the course website on Learn / Moodle. Topics of this one-hour workshop include assignment grading, the use of the grade book, adding content and associated copyright issues, user management, and the use and management of discussion fora and quizzes.
  • Advanced tutor training is aimed at those tutors and demonstrators with some teaching experience and / or familiarity with the basic tutor training course. This two-hour workshop discusses in more depth issues of student engagement, techniques to make student thinking visible and more advanced classroom management techniques.

The next sessions will be:

Date & Time
Basic tutor training

Tuesday, Feb 14, 10:00 - 11:50
Wednesday, Feb 15, 10:00 - 11:50
Monday, Feb 22, 10:00 - 11:50
Tuesday, Feb 23, 10:00 - 11:50

Puaka-James Height, room 210
Puaka-James Height, room 210
Puaka-James Height, room 308
Puaka-James Height, room 308

Advanced tutor training

Thursday, Feb 16, 10:00 - 11:50

Thursday, Feb 23, 10:00 - 11:50


Puaka-James Height, room 210

Puaka-James Height, room 308
Learn in the Teacher role

Tuesday, Feb 14, 13:00 - 13:50
Thursday, Feb 16, 12:30 - 13:30
Tuesday, Feb 21, 13:00 - 13:50
Thursday, Feb 23, 13:00 - 13:50

The Den, level 2 Puaka-James Height
The Den, level 2 Puaka-James Height
The Den, level 2 Puaka-James Height
The Den, level 2 Puaka-James Height

Because of limited seating, registration is required. Students can register at:

Please note that in order to register you have to use your student UCLive account. Staff and postgraduate student accounts will not work. For any queries regarding registration, please email the Academic Skills Centre:

For general queries please contact Dr Erik Brogt.

Academic Development workshops for staff

The Academic Services Group, E-Learning Support, Library, Office of the AVC-Māori, Pacific Development Team, Academic Skills Centre and the Postgraduate Office are pleased to announce the academic development workshop series for 2017, which will run in the week of Waitangi Day (Tuesday February 7 to Friday February 10). The workshops are aimed at teaching (support) staff and cover the most common topics we receive from colleagues. All workshops will be held in Kirkwood KD 03, except Online Course Design and Learn Warrant of Fitness. These two workshops will be held in The Den, in level 2 of the Puaka-James Height Library. No registration is required for the workshops. For any queries, please contact Dr Erik Brogt.






09:00 – 10:50

Engaging large classes
  • Teaching strategies and background on creating an interactive and learner-centred environment in a high-enrolment course
11:00 – 12:50 Effective engagement with Pasifika students
  • Pasifika Learners have a unique world view and set of core values that underpin much of what they do. In addition, Pasifika learners face a number of unique issues that affect the way they are able to engage with education. This workshop will explore Pasifika viewpoints, values, and some of the key issues that Pasifika learners face with a hope of providing some insight and solutions for increasing Pasifika academic success.  
13:00 – 14:50 Online course design
  • Tips and tricks for designing new or redesigning existing online and blended courses
09:00 – 10:50 Avoiding common teaching mistakes
  • Overview of common teacher behaviours that have a negative impact on student engagement and performance
  • Teaching strategies and techniques to avoid / mitigate these impacts
11:00 – 12:50 Bicultural competence and confidence from theory to practice
  • This workshop will explore culturally responsive pedagogical approaches. It will ask participants to reflect on their own practice, to make connections and identify potential opportunities to enhance what they currently utilise.
13:00 – 14:50 Engaging your students with the subject librarians
  • Subject Librarians will showcase how they can work together with you to develop students’ research skills and scholarly reading habits. Three case studies will be jointly presented by academic staff and subject librarians followed by a demonstration of some new and emerging library resources and how they can be integrated into your teaching.
09:00 – 10:50 Providing feedback on student writing
  • In this workshop we will consider issues which may arise when markers provide feedback on the writing of undergraduate and postgraduate students, both native English speakers and international, non-native speakers.  Topics for discussion will include plagiarism and bias in marking. 
11:00 – 12:50 Learn Warrant of Fitness
  • What to check to see if your courses ready for the beginning of the semester
  • New features in Learn
13:00 – 14:50 First year students’ transition to university: What can staff do?
  • Challenges faced by students coming to university
  • Impacts of those challenges on student
  • What staff can do to mitigate those challenges
11:00 – 12:50 The New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement
  • Structure and contents of New Zealand’s main high school qualification
  • Knowledge and skills students bring when they come to UC
  • Academic challenges for students transitioning to university
13:00 – 14:50 Supervision, tips & challenges
  • Masters thesis & PhD supervision should be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding roles an academic undertakes. However, there are numerous pitfalls which we can encounter during supervision. This session will provide updates on supervision issues, discuss some pitfalls and ways to avoid issues. We will also talk about things you need to know about supervising and examining theses, and there will be an opportunity for staff to talk about experiences.


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    University of Canterbury
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    New Zealand
    Phone +64 3 369 3971 ext 93971
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