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Find out about some of the amazing work going on within your faculty and the wider university

Examples and inspiration

Staff from around the University have shared their ideas that may be relevant to your practice.

Faculty learning and teaching hubs

Special interest groups

Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) monthly forum

This meeting is held on the first Monday of each month. Topics are primarily on the use of technology in teaching, along with timely reminders throughout the semester to help you schedule your workload.

1st Monday of each month
11 – 12pm

UoA Learning Futures Community of Interest

The Learning Futures CoI is a community of University of Auckland teachers, learning designers, and teaching support staff who meet monthly via Zoom to showcase learning and teaching practice.

3rd Thursday of each month
2 – 3.30pm

Research Supervision Community of Interest

Join the community to share resources, explore ways to supervise candidates and work with supervisor colleagues. We welcome academics who hold a research supervisor role (masters or doctoral supervision). Our community meets to discuss topics suggested by members on Thursdays 1-3pm.

Join the RSCoI now by completing the expression of interest form.

UoA Employability Community of Interest

The Employability CoI is a great place to foster ideas for developing employable students. We encourage members to share any idea, from redeveloping teaching to incorporate authentic learning, to motivational strategies for job seekers. We aim to share something new each month.

Graduate School of Management Community of Practice

The Business School’s GSM Community of Practice aims to build connections within the department and explore the latest learning and teaching ideas and research.

Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Community

The Learning and Teaching Community website is a Canvas hub for sharing practices, resources, and experiences, aimed to help teachers maximise student success.

FMHS Teaching and Learning Community

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Teaching and Learning Community meets twice a month to share knowledge and practice in all aspects of learning and teaching.


Faculty of Science Learning and Teaching Community

The Faculty of Science Learning and Teaching Community (a Canvas hub) aims to support teachers with practical advice and learning innovations, and provides opportunities to share teaching practice.

Science Teaching and Learning Academy (STELA)

STELA is a community of interest focused on improving teaching and learning practices in our faculty. It is for anyone passionate about teaching, including early career lecturers, research fellows involved in teaching and thinking of forging a teaching career, through to Associate Professor and Professor, as well as professional staff working in the space of learner success to contribute to excellence in science education.

To get involved please email Dr Marion Blumenstein, Curriculum Development Manager or Professor Andrew Luxton-Reilly, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Science.

Learning from each other and sharing practices guided by values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga in an inclusive and diverse community of teachers is crucial in shaping the future of education at the University of Auckland. STELA members are expected to play an active role in the development of teaching capability in science with the aim to:

  • Empower staff to contribute to an environment of excellence, leadership, and innovation in science education.
  • Build strong and collaborative relationships within the science teaching and learning community.
  • Guide, develop, and implement strategic learning and teaching initiatives.
  • Share practices and experiences to support career development in teaching.


STELA sub-groups work on different projects according to expertise and interest to inform the development of resources, and provide guidance in science education such as:

  • Peer Assessment and/or Group Work
  • Supporting Student Transitions to University
  • Developing Metacognitive Skills
  • Student Voice and Collecting Feedback about Teaching from Students
  • Relational Teaching Practices
  • GTA/TA Training and Ongoing Professional Development
  • Cultural Safety and Appropriateness in Teaching
  • Teaching Awards and Grants
  • Staff Peer Review of Teaching

Business School - Innovative Learning and Teaching Team

The Business School’s ILT host regular teaching fora for staff to share their practice. These events are open to all staff across the institution. Subscribe to their distribution list to be notified of upcoming events:

Monthly seminars
In person or on Zoom

Student Wellbeing Community of Interest

The Student Wellbeing Community of Interest is coordinated by the Student Wellbeing and Te Papa Manaaki, Campus Care teams. They invite staff to informal gatherings, to share their experience and explore ideas regarding the wellbeing of students.

Hybrid meetings are held monthly.

Sustainability Teaching Network

Both academic and professional staff are welcome to join our new Sustainability Teaching Network, a community of staff who are intrigued to learn more about what is going on in this space and what might be possible in the future.

Transdisciplinary Network @ UoA

This network enables you to learn about and become engaged in the transformational offering of Transdisciplinarity in the University’s curriculum.

ASCILITE - Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

The University of Auckland is an institutional member of ASCILITE. When staff or PhD candidates join, they can register for any number of special interest groups, take advantage of reduced rates for the yearly conference, plus other member benefits (PDF).

EDUCAUSE - advancing higher education through the use of IT

The University of Auckland is an institutional member of EDUCAUSE – a non-profit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. You can access their rich library of resources—both EDUCAUSE and EDUCAUSE Learning—by creating a user profile linked to your UoA staff email address (e.g.,

Other initiatives

TELOD - Technology for Equitable Learning Opportunities and Design

TELOD is case studies in technology-enhanced learning (TEL). The project illustrates how TEL has been implemented at the University of Auckland to enable capacity in large classes, provide opportunities for flexible and blended learning, and introduce tools for designing accessible content.

Page updated 20/03/2024 (added STELA)

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