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Change One Thing Challenge

Do you have a great idea for improving student learning in your teaching practice?

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.

The deadline for submission has been extended to Monday, 4 March 2024.

Submit an application

View the gallery of 2023 grant recipients.

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

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 is a chance for you to share an effective learning experience or assessment design that you have developed or implemented in the last two years. It can be anything that enhances student learning, such as:

  • 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?

If your submission is selected by a review panel, you will receive a grant of up to $1,000 to attend a teaching and learning conference or professional learning activity of your choice. Your idea may be captured as case studies in TeachWell for others to learn from.

 

How to apply?

To apply, you need to provide:

  • A rationale for your idea within your teaching context
  • A clear connection between your idea and student engagement and learning outcomes
  • Evidence of the impact of your idea on student learning

The deadline for submission has been extended to Monday, 4 March 2024, by 11.59pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to change one thing and make a difference!

 

2023 grant recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients for the Change One Thing Challenge for 2023.

Associate Professor Alys Longley

Associate Professor Alys Longley

Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries

Alys created an assignment for her Dance 101/G students to explore their home environments in creative ways during COVID. She gave them freedom and focus to create low-stakes work, taking more risks and engaging in new learning.

View Alys’ profile page

Dr Igor' Kontorovich

Dr Igor' Kontorovich

Faculty of Science

Igor designed a set of activities for his first-year math course to get his students talking and thinking mathematically. He asked them to work in groups, make up dialogues, and critique fake solutions. Math got more interactive and social.

View Igor’s profile page

Jayden Houghton

Jayden Houghton

Auckland Law School

Jayden asked his students to create quizzes based on a reading for his law course. He wanted them to read more carefully and critically. He also used the quizzes as extra teaching material for future students while testing a new teaching method for law.

Read more about the quiz design assessment

View Jayden’s profile page

Dr Jesin James

Dr Jesin James

Faculty of Engineering

Jesin added the indigenous perspective on data sovereignty to her ELECTENG 101 course. She taught her students how data collection and processing affect different cultures and values, helping prepare them to be more culturally aware engineers. Feedback from her students was positive!

View Jesin’s profile page

Dr Sonia Fonua

Dr Sonia Fonua

Faculty of Science

Sonia started the Teina Project to boost the confidence and number of Māori and Moana Pacific tutors in the School of Environment. She followed the values of manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga to support and mentor these students, making them feel valued and welcomed in their roles.

View Sonia’s profile page

Dr Lynne Park

Dr Lynne Park

Faculty of Arts

Lynne used Perusall, a social annotation tool, to make her students read and comment on the text more actively. She improved their understanding and classroom discussions. As Perusall became a pre-lecture activity, her students came to class more ready and eager to talk and analyse the readings.

View Lynne’s profile page

Mareike Schmidt

Mareike Schmidt

Faculty of Arts

Mareike asked her students to record a podcast in her language course. She fostered collaboration and technology skills, giving them a chance to work autonomously in a team environment.

View Mareike’s profile page

Dr Paramvir Singh

Dr Paramvir Singh

Faculty of Science

Paramvir wrote and sang two original songs about computer programming for his ENGGEN 131 class of >1,000 students. He released them as music videos to motivate and engage his students in online learning.

Watch on YouTube

View Paramvir’s profile page

Dr Pedram Hekmati

Dr Pedram Hekmati

Faculty of Science

Pedram used 3D graphs and models of minimal surfaces to help calculus students understand multivariable functions better. He showed them how calculus connects to real-world applications.

View Pedram’s profile page

Dr Rajshri Roy

Dr Rajshri Roy

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Rajshri asked her students to work in teams and follow a fad diet for a week. They had to create a nutritious recipe and share it online using technology and social media. A traditional assignment became more dynamic and fun.

View Rajshri’s profile page

Waruna Weerasekera

Waruna Weerasekera

Faculty of Science

Waruna wanted to get more students involved in his live lectures. He used one of online polling tools to let them ask questions or make comments anonymously, enhancing student engagement in synchronous teaching sessions.

View Waruna’s profile page

Associate Professor Lokesh Padhye

Associate Professor Lokesh Padhye

Faculty of Engineering

Lokesh identified the concepts that his students found troublesome in environmental engineering. Using feedback videos to explain such concepts better and help overcome the difficulties, he made the abstract concepts more relatable and clear.

View Lokesh’s profile page

Dr Yantao Song

Dr Yantao Song

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Yantao developed an e-learning course in Canvas to teach students how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly. She enabled over 2,000 students from different faculties and universities get their N95 respirator tested in a time and resource-pressing situation.

View Yantao’s profile page

Dr Elizabeth Peterson

Dr Elizabeth Peterson

Faculty of Science

Elizabeth used survey data to find out what new tutors needed and wanted to know about their role. She then tailored the content of a tutor training workshop and designed scenarios to address their concerns, building tutor confidence in creating more inclusive classrooms.

View Elizabeth’s profile page

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