Ranga Auaha Ako | Learning and Teaching Design Team
Ranga Auaha Ako works in partnership with faculties and other professional service units to purposefully plan and design high quality, inclusive learning experiences.
Ranga Auaha Ako is part of the University’s Education Office. We are a cross-functional team of learning designers, application specialists, software developers and educational technologists who believe in the value of designing for learning. We work at different scales – on projects at the university and faculty-level, on programme and course design and on smaller projects that might involve redesigning an element of a course. From 2023 onwards much of our work will be focussed on supporting the Curriculum Framework Transformation project.
We talk teaching! If you would like to explore:
- Assessment design
- Making digital learning decisions
- Course design
- Relational learning strategies
- Writing learning outcomes
- Accessibility or Canvas baseline practices
- Other aspects of your teaching practice
We offer up to three hours of consultation time with an experienced learning designer from Ranga Auaha Ako. Consider using this time to explore ideas and potential in your current teaching practice.
Our Learning designers can partner with you as a critical friend or supportive colleague to delve into your current teaching challenge.
How does it work?
- Raise a service request through the TeachWell Consult portal.
- One of our team will be in touch within 48 hours to book an initial chat so that we can better understand your context and specific requirement.
- From there, we can arrange further meetings as required, up to a total of three hours.
Ranga Auaha Ako
The University of Auckland
Level 3, Fisher International Building
18 Waterloo Quadrant
Private Bag 92019
We also partner with faculty’s Curriculum Development Managers on large scale strategic projects.
Curriculum Development Managers
- Arts – Dr Bettina Schwenger
- Business School – Una Lightfoot
- Creative Arts and Industries – Richard Durham
- Education and Social work – Dr Lawrence (Larry) May
- Engineering – Dr Claire Donald
- Law – Oriel Kelly
- Medical and Health Sciences – Ashwini Datt
- Science – Dr Marion Blumenstein and Te Kahuratai Moko-Painting
Our approach is
We will work alongside you and guide you through a design process to co-create rewarding, inclusive and sustainable student learning experiences. We will ask supportive and sometimes challenging questions about your approaches to teaching. Through building reciprocity, will help you get closer to achieving your teaching and learning goals.
We will help you to design new and existing programmes and courses, according to your needs. Through relationship-building and whanaungatanga, we will discuss your pedagogical intentions and explore how learning design can make impactful changes to the staff and student experience. We will focus on Universal Design for Learning principles, which include making plans for a diverse student community through:
- Creating opportunities for active and relational learning.
- Designing authentic assessments and new approaches to feedback.
- Exploring how technologies can create rich blended learning experiences.
We maintain awareness of emerging trends and good practice in education and curriculum design. We will help you incorporate evidence-based approaches into the design and development of your programme or course. We can also link you to resources and networks for further professional development.
Here is a sample of our projects. Detailed descriptions coming soon.
Law courses enhancement
Inclusive practices for Neurodiversity
Contemporary Music Culture
Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa/Pacific Worlds
Latin Literary Texts
Introduction to Photographic Practice
A guide for assessment design
Multidisciplinary Learning Spaces
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Page updated 21/09/2023 (minor edit)