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SEED Grants provided funding to support innovative or experimental approaches to learning and teaching.

The Schuler Educational Enhancement and Development (SEED) Fund for Innovation in Teaching sowed the seeds for innovative teaching practice at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The short-term objective of the grants was to cultivate small-scale teaching initiatives that might have otherwise failed to take root. The longer-term aim was to propagate an institution-wide culture of educational innovation, experimentation and on-going professional development, thereby lifting the quality of teaching across the University and building stronger communities of practice amongst tertiary teachers.

These pages describe the SEED projects and their outcomes.

2020 SEED projects – Designing for learning

The 2020 theme, Designing for Learning, focuses on empowering University of Auckland staff to design transformative learning opportunities that are innovative, active/experiential and culturally sustaining and that bridge face-to-face and online learning environments.

In-class and asynchronous student response systems for enhanced learning in engineering classrooms

Dr Alex Shaw

Lecturer, Computer Science

Using student to teacher feedback to enhance feedback use in a large course

Dr Amanda Harper

Senior Tutor, School of Biological Sciences

English academic writing as language barrier: A learning framework

Ana Maria Benton Z

Learning Adviser, Libraries and Learning Services

Fostering multidisciplinary mind-sets and transferable skills in a student: the development and evaluation of an assessment framework

Dr Andrea Kolb

Professional Teaching Fellow, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Quantext pilot study

Dr Andrew Withy

Professional Teaching Fellow, Philosophy

Innovation in mechanical design teaching through synthesis challenge

Dr David Wynn

Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

Encouraging change through an innovation in teaching incubator

Dr Elizabeth Anderson

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Artificial intelligence enabled learning: Learning at your own pace

Dr Dulani Jayasuriya

Lecturer, Accounting and Finance

Enhancing and enriching innovations for LAW301 Land Law

Jayden Houghton

Lecturer, Law

Reflective feedback journals to develop feedback literacy

Assoc Prof Lesley Gardner

Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management

Go big or go home! Exploring ways to maximise the learning benefits of lectures for students in large-scale statistics and data-science courses

Dr Rhys Jones

Professional Teaching Fellow, Statistics

Designing for learning with H5P

Megan Clune

Professional Teaching Fellow, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Post-graduate pathway in Music education

Dr Millie Locke

Lecturer, Music

Evolution in 3D: students use 3D-printed moa bones to learn measurement and phylogenetic mapping of evolutionary characters

Dr Nicholas Matzke

Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences

The delivery of capstone courses in undergraduate education

Peter Smith

Senior Lecturer, Management and International Business

Claire Donald is co-coordinator for the 2020 SEED projects.

Dr Claire Donald

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Ashwini Datt is co-coordinator for the 2020 SEED projects.

Ashwini Datt

Senior Tutor, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Victoria Wynne-Jones co-coordinated the 2018 SEED projects.

Victoria Wynne-Jones

Project coordinator, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

2019 SEED projects – A new Canvas for teaching and learning

The University of Auckland was the first tertiary institution in Australasia to introduce the new generation learning management system (LMS), Canvas. Canvas offers opportunities for innovation in teaching, learning and assessment, accessibility, the use of learning analytics and blended learning design. A range of plugins and bespoke applications extend the affordances far beyond the capabilities of the LMS.

Integrating and customising Canvas course packs provided by book publishers

Dr Ludmila Adam

Lecturer, School of Environment

Peer-marked presentations in large-scale classes

Dr Padraic Bartlett

Professional Teaching Fellow, Mathematics

Auto-text analysis for just-in-time teaching

Kaitlin Beare

Professional Teaching Fellow, Chemical Sciences

Rethinking post-class “on-task” activities using H5P / Canvas

Angela Tsai

Professional Teaching Fellow, Anatomy and Medical Imaging

Badges in higher education: worthwhile intrinsic or extrinsic motivation?

Dr Joya Kemper

Lecturer, Marketing

In Italia con Giacomo

Gabriella Brussino

Professional Teaching Fellow, European Languages and Literature

Scalable personalised auto-marked assessments

Ron Tiong

Professional Teaching Fellow, Information Systems and Operations Management

Digital communication ethics in Arts

Dr Ethan Plaut

Lecturer, Media and Communication

Enhancing feedback and feed-forward for teaching and learning with Canvas

Prof Toni Bruce

Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Large-scale interactives for large-enrolment courses

Anna Fergusson

Professional Teaching Fellow, Statistics

Who are we as a bicultural educators? A module for Canvas

Dr Esther Fitzpatrick

Professional Teaching Fellow, Statistics

Following the threadz in online Canvas discussions

Dr Rena Heap

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Using Canvas to enhance student experience and success in a large scale course

Dr Mark McConnell

Professional Teaching Fellow, Commercial Law

A New Canvas: Piloting the use of an integrated Canvas app to increase the use of formative feedback in large Bioscience classes

Dr Kathryn Jones

Professional Teaching Fellow, Biological Sciences

Enabling Canvas with real-time audience interaction

Dr Johnny Chan

Lecturer, Information Systems and Operations Management

COIL: Collaborative Online International Learning

Assoc Prof Marek Tesar

Associate Professor, Learning, Development and Professional Practice

Remote teaching lab for mobile robots

Dr Hazim Namik

Professional Teaching Fellow, Mechanical Engineering

In-class and asynchronous student response systems for enhanced learning in engineering classrooms

Dr Lokesh Padhye

Senior Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Development of pedagogically informed learning resources for pathology teaching using an H5P.com cloud-hosted solution

Dr Rachelle Singleton

Professional Teaching Fellow, School of Medical Sciences

TFC online orientation project

Dr Agnieszka Zabicka

Professional Teaching Fellow, English

Steve Leichtweis co-coordinated the 2019 SEED projects.

Dr Steve Leichtweis

Head of E-learning, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Bettina Schwenger co-coordinated the 2019 SEED projects.

Bettina Schwenger

Learning Designer, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Victoria Wynne-Jones co-coordinated the 2018 SEED projects.

Victoria Wynne-Jones

Project coordinator, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

2018 SEED projects – He vaka moana: Navigating Māori and Pasifika student success

What are the most pressing equity challenges in your department, school or faculty? How might you reframe your assessments, classroom activities and online interactions to foster inclusivity and celebrate diversity? And how can the changes that you make on behalf of specific groups – for example, Māori and Pasifika students navigating the pākehāpalagi mainstream; female students in male-dominated disciplines; international students struggling to understand diphthong-laden Kiwi accents – be leveraged to benefit all students?

Missed opportunities – Neal Curtis and Natasha Ah-Hing

Pepeha – Tūmanako Ngawhika Fa’aui, Jorja Heta, Alice Mills, and Gerard Rowe

Leadership through inclusive learning and teaching innovations

Abigail McClutchie

Learning Adviser, Libraries and Learning Services

Enhancing Success for Pacific first-year Social Work Students

Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia

Lecturer, Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Explicitly Addressing the Importance of Diversity & Equity in Physics

Cushla McGoverin

Senior Research Fellow, Physics

Decolonising the curricula – sharing understanding of Māori and Pasifika values

Prof Dory Reeves

Professor, Creative Arts and Industries

Papakupu

Hemi Dale

Lecturer, Te Puna Wananga

Global methods, local data: Activating Māori and Pacific data stories for culturally responsive teaching and learning

Dr Heti Afimeimounga

Professional Teaching Fellow, Statistics

The art of wayfinding: Navigating Pasifika student success

Jacoba Matapo

Lecturer, Critical Studies in Education

Designing Maori and Pasifika inspired mathematical tasks

Josephina Ah Sam

Professional Teaching Fellow, Mathematics

He waka eke noa – We are all in the same boat: Intercultural competence.

Dr Kerry Lee

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Akongia Kia Ako: promoting learning to learn for Māori and Pasifika students

Dr Marcia Leenen-Young

Lecturer, Pacific Studies

Vaka Moana

Marina McCartney

Professional Teaching Fellow, Centre for Pacific Studies

Developing Tikanga and Tapu practices in a neuroimaging lab space: Engaging Māori and Pacific in EEG research

Dr Veema Lodhia

Technical Team Leader, Faculty of Science

I am who I am: enhancing teaching, learning and research success for Pacific students

Dr Melani Anae

Senior Lecturer, Pacific Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa

Staff-Led Manaakitanga (hospitality)

Melissa Inouye

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies

Māori Mai-Me (‘Māorify Me’)

Dr Tauwehe Tamati

Senior Lecturer, Te Puna Wananga

The Journey to Motutapu: Mapping, navigating and sailing through the moana of Psychology

Dr Sam Manuela

Lecturer, Psychology

Embedding indigenous knowledge, values and culture for Māori and Pasifika success

Sonia Fonua

Professional Teaching Fellow, School of Environment

I hear voices in my head, and they’re singing!

Dr Te Oti Rakena

Senior Lecturer, Music

Work-Related learning and Māori student success

Dr Tia Dawes

Research Fellow, James Henare Research Centre

‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki co-coordinated the 2018 SEED projects.

Dr ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki

Lecturer, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Hinekura Smith co-coordinated the 2018 SEED projects.

Dr Hinekura Smith

Lecturer, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Victoria Wynne-Jones co-coordinated the 2018 SEED projects.

Victoria Wynne-Jones

Project coordinator, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

2017 SEED projects – Writing, writing everywhere

How can we encourage our students to write more accurately, more imaginatively, more elegantly, more persuasively, more thoughtfully, more critically, more creatively – or simply more? Where has writing gone in 21st century higher education, and where else could it go? This theme was broadly defined to embrace communications media ranging from conventional printed texts to multimedia blogs, handwritten notebooks, chalked poetry and computer code.

The Writing, Writing Everywhere blog is a portal to showcase their findings and advertise events for academic writers.

Developing a science communications learning activity for a large first-year course

Dr Kaitlin Beare

Professional Teaching Fellow, Chemical Sciences

Introducing students to writing elegant computer code

Dr JJ Eldridge

Senior Lecturer, Physics

Improving critical thinking and written communication in physics with open-ended experiments and abbreviated argument-based reports

Anna Yang

Professional Teaching Fellow, Physics

Embedding writing for employability in Arts

Assoc Prof Jennifer Frost

Associate Professor, History

Writing code the visual and kinesthetic way

Dr Nasser Giacaman

Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering

Letting the letters run ahead of me; a study of writing practices that support creative thinking

Dr Alys Longley

Senior Lecturer, Dance Studies

Interdisciplinary teaching case-study on the global clothing industry

Dr Niki Harré

Professor, Psychology

Encouraging collaborative writing via Google Docs analytics

Dr Rena Heap

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Narrative medicine and critical reflection through poetry and art.

Dr Tanisha Jowsey

Senior Lecturer, Centre for Medical and Health Science Education

Writing reflective scripts on overcoming misconceptions and difficulties in mathematics.

Dr Igor' Kontorovich

Senior Lecturer, Mathematics

Technical writing to improve understanding of threshold engineering concepts.

Dr James Lim

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Engineering systems thinking: Experienced-based learning.

Dr Cody Mankelow

Professional Teaching Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Academic Writing at Auckland: A resource of annotated exemplary student writing

Neil Matheson

Senior Tutor, Applied Language Studies and Linguistics

The Three Lamps

Dr Paula Morris

Associate Professor, English and Drama

Critical writing and creative thinking

Prof Lisa Samuels

Professor, English

Learning by writing using scenario-based questions

Dr Tajammal Munir

Honorary Academic, Chemical and Materials Engineering

From ‘thinking like a manager’ to ‘writing like a manager’: The use of online course delivery options to promote effective, industry-relevant communication

Dr Gavin Northey

Lecturer, Marketing

Writing for Psychology

Hineatua Parkinson

Professional Teaching Fellow, Psychology

From ‘Thinking like a Manager’ to ‘Writing like a Manager’: Part 2

Dr Michael Lee

Associate Professor, Marketing

Operations management simulator: Resources for teaching with case studies, hands-on lab and assessment exercises

Dr Timofey Shalpegin

Lecturer, Information Systems and Operations Management

Vaka: Navigating Pacific Postgraduate Horizons

Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath

Lecturer, Māori and Pacific Studies

On-line, discipline-aligned materials to support undergraduate students’ writing development in Arts

Dr Rosemary Wette

Senior Lecturer, Applied Language Studies and Linguistics

Evija Trofimova co-coordinated the 2017 SEED projects.

Dr Evija Trofimova

Research Fellow, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

Alex Thomas co-coordinated the 2017 SEED projects.

Alex Thomas

Project coordinator, Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education

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