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Tēnā koutou katoa, and welcome to the Learning and Teaching Development team update for March 2020.  


COVID-19: How to teach your class online 

In response to ELT’s message of COVID-19 Prepare, don’t panic, the Learning and Teaching Development team have developed a resource to prepare you for online learning and teaching. 

This includes:  

  • Guidelines for online teaching  
  • Preparing your course content for online learning  
  • Supporting your learners  
  • Delivering your online teaching  
  • I am Capable – Learner Capability Framework 
  • Connecting to the OP network remotely 
  • Other useful links  
  • Need help with your children if they are at home? 

Please read our latest blog post: How to teach your class online: Prepare, don’t panic for more information. 

Become familiar with the new resource: COVID-19: How to teach your class online and start preparing your courses for teaching online. 


How we can help you 

Our Learning and Teaching Development How we can help page on Tūhono has recently been updated, so please have a look in here to see what services we can provide.  

We welcome drop-ins to F112 anytime, or you can create a case in Service and someone will get in touch with as soon as possible. 


Getting to know us 

This month we’re introducing you to Amy BeniansAna Terry and Danny Fridberg, who all started working for the Learning and Teaching Development team in September 2018.

Amy is currently working on developing new Pharmacology modules with School of Nursing lecturers, and has an interest in finding practical ways to help adults coming into tertiary education with literacy and numeracy challenges. Ana is currently working with the FutureSkills team (AIC) on designing and developing their online Building Surveying Programme.  At weekends, she and her partner are busy building a SIPs off- the- grid house down at Taieri Mouth.  Danny is our Global Engagement specialist, currently working on the BUFT leadership programme. He is also leading a number of programme and course design workshops with various programme teams. 

Get to know our other team members by visiting our team site on Tūhono.   


Academic Staff Induction 

The all new Academic Staff Induction is an easy to use, one-stop-shop to find everything you need to get you, and your colleagues, started with teaching at OP, including: 

  • Teacher training  
  • Academic processes  
  • Teaching support  
  • Programme and course design and development  
  • Teaching evaluations  
  • Research  
  • Useful forms, templates and resources  
  • Glossary and acronyms  
  • Frequently asked questions  

Each section includes who and where to go to for support, direct links to relevant resources and information, relevant policies, templates and forms. 

Read our All new Academic Staff Induction blog post for more information or start completing the Academic Staff Induction now.  


Work-Based Learning (WBL) - Professional Development Sessions

Thank you to all staff members who attended Jonathan Garnett’s workshop on Work Based Learning. 

For those of you who didn’t make it or would like to revisit, links the workshop slides and a video of Jonathan Garnett's WBL Workshop are now available.


Teaching support resources - Student Support Te Ama Tauira 

Student Support – Te Ama Tauira is the student support website at OP. It contains all the tools, skills and services to help learners succeed in their studies. 

The website is an amazing teaching support resource. The content has been designed for use with OP learners, to save staff time, effort and duplication when gathering course material. If you need some support resources for your learners, this is the place to start searching!

Read our blog post, Teaching support resources - Student Support Te Ama Tauira to find out more.


LTD team using HololensHololens team workshop 

Earlier this month, Hugh Harlow and Emma Collins supported the Learning and Teaching Development team with some professional development around Mixed Reality.

Mixed Reality is an augmented reality that uses the real environment and places holograms within your environment for you to manipulate, all via a Microsoft HoloLens device. MR and AR is different to virtual reality as you are not fully immersed in a different environment. Using alternative realities can be beneficial to teaching and learning, and the literature is growing in this space. 

Talk to your Academic Capability Partner if you would like to explore using mixed reality in your teaching and learning experiences.  


Four Pillars of Professional Practice 

Workshops in the four pillars of professional practice (Fundamentals of Tertiary Teaching and Learning, Facilitation, Course Design, and Assessment Design) are now offered four times a year and are open to everyone whether you are enrolled on the GDTE or not. 

Find out more about the Four Pillars of Professional Practice and enrol in the next available workshop.


Learner capability 

Lots of programmes have started, are about to start, or have indicated a semester 2 start for I am Capable. I am Capable, including the training sessions for staff and students have the capacity to be taught online if this is a preferred option for your course considering the current situation in New Zealand. 

We have particularly enjoyed seeing the Year 1 Nursing learners that have had a high uptake of the tool and uploading their evidence. A special mention to Jennie Jenkinson and her Diploma of Beauty Therapy learners - 100% of her learners have logged into their I am Capable tool. 

Amber is setting the academic staff a challenge – we have had a very high uptake of logging in from learners that are underway, but only 40% of eligible tutors from 2019 and the start of 2020 have logged in. Our challenge to you is to activate your account (you may need to let us know that it has expired as it will tell you that when you go to log in via the email we sent to you when your programme got started). We will also be sending reminder login emails over the next 2 weeks to all tutors that have not logged in. Learners have begun to contact us to say that their evidence from 2019 and the start of this year has not been assessed by their tutors yet; it would be great for them to have their evidence verified so that this shows in their profile. 

We are preparing to approach a couple of learners to see if they would like to be interviewed by Kathryn van Beek about their I am Capable experience. We have some learners in mind, but if there is anyone that you regard as an I am Capable champion, then we would love you to let us know. 

We are still hosting face-to-face staff sessions to show any interested staff the tool, and also how to verify evidence, so do please come along to one of these sessions, or contact Amber to make a time. After the holidays we will be doing some online sessions as well. Keep an eye on the link to see these sessions as they become available. 


Global talent pool 

The Global Talent Pool continues to support PTEs in developing their assessment and moderation practices. 


Call for papers: Scope (Learning and Teaching) 

Submissions for Scope (Learning and Teaching) are invited from peers and colleagues involved in any aspect of learning and teaching around the globe.  

Submissions should be sent in electronic format for review and potential inclusion to the Chief Editor: Oonagh McGirr c/o Su Bolland, Editorial Assistant by 30 June 2020. 

Previous updates 


Ka kite anō, 

The Learning and Teaching Development team 


LTD Team using Hololens, by Rachel Cash. All rights reserved. 

Published on 17 Mar 2020

Orderdate: 17 Mar 2020
Expiry: 24 Dec 2021