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Academic Development Staff
Our Academic Developers support individual lecturers and teaching teams in their teaching design and delivery through teaching consultations. Examples of consultation topics have included, among many others:
- Formulating learning outcomes for a course or lecture
- Aligning assessments to learning outcomes
- Different ways of assessing students
- Implementing aspects of the graduate profile in courses
- Teaching techniques
- Improving student engagement in class
- Designing effective in-class activities
- Planning for professional development in teaching
- Doing research on teaching and learning
Academic Developers are also available to do teaching observations and provide you with independent and constructive feedback on your teaching. In most cases, colleagues opt to be observed several times so that a holistic picture of their teaching can be constructed, and any changes they wish to make in their teaching can be properly evaluated.
All consultations and observations are in principle treated as confidential, and no information or reports will be shared with others without your permission.
The Academic Developers works closely with colleagues from with the Future Learning and Development Team and other units across UC. In particular the Kaiārahi Māori in the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity and with the Learning Design & Technology Team. The Kaiārahi Māori are available to provide support for the implementation of the Biculturally Competence and Confidence graduate attribute, and are experts in culturally responsive pedagogy. The Learning Design and Technology Team are available to assist with matters related to online course design and delivery, LEARN, Echo360 other technologies related to teaching and learning.