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Change One Thing Challenge

The Change One Thing Challenge celebrates the power of small changes.

Do you have a great idea that has improved student learning?

If so, you are invited to participate in the Change One Thing Challenge, inspired by Dalhousie University. This is a low-risk, high-reward opportunity to showcase your innovation and receive a grant for your professional development.

Join us in shaping the future of education—one change at a time.

View the gallery of grant recipients.

“And that is how change happens. One gesture.
One person. One moment at a time.”
— Libba Bray

Dr Abhinaw Sai Erri Pradeep

introduced an ‘improvement pledge’ in postgraduate engineering course 

Richelle Hewin

crafted a novel approach to enhance business communication among non-native English speakers.

Associate Professor David Moreau

created dynamic, interactive visualisations to demystify statistical concepts for psychology students.

Associate Professor Marian Macken

 reimagined architectural media by incorporating the body as a measure of space.

Dr Sara Buttsworth

introduced an icebreaker that doubles as a theoretical framework application

Dr Sonia Fonua

emphasised relational learning and active engagement with teamwork and discussion assesments

Dr Subeh Chowdhury

upgraded the transport curriculum with hands-on campus safety projects.

Dr Asma Shakil

incorporated real-world client projects and a public showcase of developed software

Dr Thomas Loho

introduced an assignment that connects theory to daily objects, fostering active learning 

Dr Andrea Kolb

creatively used Gen-AI for text-to-image transformation, encouraging practical application and ethical AI usage

Cynthia Orr

enhanced her course by integrating Perusall tasks, making discussions graded and interactive.

Nikki Chamberlain

introduced a practical client consultation exercise, allowing students to experience a realistic setting

Dr Marie-Anne Thelen

crafted an assignment for exchange chemistry students from China aimed at applying New Zealand’s health and safety standards

Dr Priyanka Dhopade

enriched her thermofluids lectures with videos featuring a spectrum of presenters offering students a variety of role models

Kevin Jia

added a practical PowerBI component to his course to develop data visualisation abilities through an interactive dashboard project.

Elizabeth Oliphant, Dr Sara Hanning, Dr Trudi Aspen

introduced an interactive session with university and clinical multidisciplinary staff for pharmacy students 

Associate Professor Alys Longley

created an assignment for Dance students to explore their home environment

Dr Igor' Kontorovich

sparked interactive and social engagement in Mathematics

Jayden Houghton

introduced ways to encourage students to engage with course readings

Dr Jesin James

helped her Engineering students become culturally aware

Dr Sonia Fonua

boosted the confidence of Māori and Moana Pacific tutors

Dr Lynne Park

flipped her classroom through social engagement in course readings

Mareike Schmidt

fostered teamwork through technology in her language course

Dr Paramvir Singh

motivated his students with music and song

Dr Pedram Hekmati

introduced 3D modeling to help students visualise complex equations

Dr Rajshri Roy

created the fad diet challenge for fostering collaboration and dynamic learning

Waruna Weerasekera

brought student polling tools into the classroom to enhance engagement

Associate Professor Lokesh Padhye

identified difficult concepts for students and reinforced their learning through video

Dr Yanto Song

developed a module for her students to grasp the correct use of personal protection equipment (PPE)

Dr Elizabeth Peterson

used feedback from tutors to design a workshop that helps boost confidence

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What is it?

The Change One Thing Challenge differs from typical seed grants. Instead of starting with an idea and seeking funding, we celebrate the small-scale changes that educators like you have already implemented and that make a difference. It can be anything that enhances student learning or their experience, and that you have developed or implemented in the last 2 years. Examples could include:

  • Collaborative assignments and projects
  • Peer feedback models
  • Undergraduate research experiences
  • Service, community, work, or place-based learning
  • Capstone projects
  • Experiential or inquiry-based learning
  • Technology-enhanced engagement, feedback, or assessment

What are the benefits?

Selected submissions receive:

  • A grant up to $1,000 for conferences or professional learning of your choice, e.g., workshops, online courses, conference fees or subscriptions, etc.
  • Recognition on TeachWell Digital. Your idea may be captured as a case study in teaching for others to learn from.

 

How to apply?

Once available, the application form with ask you to tell us about the rationale, impact, evidence, and inspiration of your idea.

Stay tuned for the next application round!

Applications for 2025 will open in January 2025.

2024 grant recipients

Heartfelt congratulations to our Change One Thing Challenge 2024 award recipients!

Abhinaw Sai Erri Pradeep

Dr Abhinaw Sai Erri Pradeep

Faculty of Engineering

Abhinaw introduced an ‘improvement pledge’ in postgraduate engineering course on research implementation and dissemination, fostering among students personal growth in presentation skills and stakeholder engagement, and culminating in a rich, collaborative discussion board.

View Abhinaw’s profile page

Richelle Hewin

Richelle Hewin

BUSINESS SCHOOL

Drawing from Second Language Acquisition techniques, Richelle crafted a novel approach to enhance business communication among her non-native English speakers. Utilising Zoom transcriptions and recordings of her own script presentations, she provided a native English benchmark, enabling students to refine their pronunciation by modelling it after hers, and so bolstering their verbal skills for business proficiency.

View Richelle’s profile page

David Moreau

Associate Professor David Moreau

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

David spearheaded the creation of dynamic, interactive visualisations to demystify statistical concepts for psychology students. His user-friendly Shiny apps in R, praised for inclusivity and supporting diverse learning styles within a culturally responsive framework, have been adopted in multiple courses.

View David’s profile page

Marian Macken

Associate Professor Marian Macken

FACULTY OF CREATIVE ARTS AND INDUSTRIES

Marian has reimagined an undergraduate course on architectural media by incorporating the body as a measure for space. Her innovative full-scale drawing exercises actively involve students’ physical presence, deepening their understanding of spatial concepts and transforming architectural drawing into a dynamic learning process.

View Marian’s profile page

Sara Buttsworth

Dr Sara Buttsworth

FACULTY OF ARTS

Sara introduced an icebreaker that doubles as a theoretical framework application, engaging students with ‘moral panic’ concepts through collaborative exercises, fostering interactive learning, systematic thinking, and – lots of laughing.

View Sara’s profile page

Dr Sonia Fonua

Dr Sonia Fonua

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Sonia has revitalized ENVSCI 303, emphasizing relational learning and active engagement. Her shift from policy briefs to teamwork and discussion assessments has led to better attendance and student performance, fostering critical thinking in environmental communication within a collaborative learning space.

View Sonia’s profile page

Subeh Chowdhury

Dr Subeh Chowdhury

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Subeh enhanced the transport curriculum with experiential on-site learning, where students apply design and CPTED principles to improve campus transport safety. This project sharpened their practical skills and teamwork, equipping them for real-world professional practices.

View Subeh’s profile page

Dr Asma Shakil

Dr Asma Shakil

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Asma redefined the computer science capstone course by incorporating real-world client projects and a public showcase of developed software, boosting student engagement and employability. The course now emphasizes creative collaboration and industry networking. Additionally, to inspire excellence, high-performing student teams get awarded at the event.

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Thomas Loho

Dr Thomas Loho

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

In CHEMMAT 121, Thomas introduced ‘Material Matters,’ an assignment that connects theory to daily objects. Students photograph items, analyzing their properties, which fosters active learning and highlights materials science’s everyday relevance.

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Dr Andrea Kolb

Dr Andrea Kolb

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Andrea’s educational initiative in the Chemical & Materials Engineering program creatively uses Gen-AI for text-to-image transformation, bolstering students’ employability skills. Engaging in psychometric assessments and 3D prototype creation, students enhance their creativity and gear up for real-world engineering challenges, encouraging practical application and ethical AI usage.

View Andrea’s profile page

Cynthia Orr

Cynthia Orr

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WORK

Cynthia enhanced her Children’s Literature course by integrating Perusall tasks, making discussions graded and interactive. This method increased student engagement with literary theories and texts, and with personalized feedback, it improved dialogue and raised submission scores.

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Nikki Chamberlain

Nikki Chamberlain

AUCKLAND LAW SCHOOL

Nikki refreshed the Law of Family Property class by introducing a practical client consultation exercise, where she role-played the client in 15-minute Zoom sessions. This engaging assessment allowed students to practice legal advising in a realistic setting, enhancing their analytical skills and preparing them for their future careers with a personal touch.

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Dr Marie-Anne Thelen

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Marie-Anne crafted an assignment for exchange chemistry students from China, aimed at applying New Zealand’s health and safety standards in practical lab work. This enhances their English language skills, preparing them for their final semester at the University of Auckland and ensuring they are ready for the laboratory environment.

View Marie-Anne’s profile page

Dr Priyanka Dhopade

Dr Priyanka Dhopade

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Priyanka enriched her thermofluids lectures with YouTube videos featuring a spectrum of presenters, fostering inclusivity and offering students a variety of role models. This approach not only broadens understanding but also addresses the underrepresentation in engineering, inspiring students of all backgrounds.

View Priyanka’s profile page

Kevin Jia

Kevin Jia

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Kevin transformed the ENGSCI 263 course by adding a practical PowerBI component, giving students the chance to develop their data visualization abilities through an interactive dashboard project. This has not only improved the course’s logistics optimization project with valuable feedback but has also equipped students with a practical set of skills, increasing their job prospects.

View Kevin’s profile page

Pharmacy, Elizabeth, Sara, and Trudi

Elizabeth Oliphant, Dr Sara Hanning, Dr Trudi Aspen

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Elizabeth, Sara, and Trudi have enhanced PHARMACY 702 by introducing an interactive session with university and clinical multidisciplinary staff. This collaboration lets students actively participate in medicine administration and nutritional product tasting, deepening their practical understanding of the subject.

View Elizabeth’s profile page

View Sara’s profile page

View Trudi’s profile page

See also

Previous award recipients

Page updated 15/05/2024 (minor edit)

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