The Teaching and Learning Development Unit
The Teaching and Learning Development Unit is concerned with fulfilling Waikato
University’s commitment to higher learning. Through its work with both staff
and students the Unit is uniquely placed to identify trends, best practice
and gaps in the University’s provision of higher learning.
The Unit’s goal is to help students develop, at every level and from all disciplines,
the tertiary literacies and competencies that will enable them to become self-directed
learners and succeed in meeting the requirements of tertiary study.
The Unit aims to help staff develop the competencies, skills and pedagogical
knowledge that they need to provide high quality teaching. In addition the
Unit aims to foster reflective practice skills so that academic teachers become
equipped to improve their own practice.
These services include
- consultancy on all aspects of courses, teaching and learning (e.g. course
design, teaching-learning methods and materials, student assessment).
- workshops and working groups on a wide range of topics. These are offered
throughout the year and may be requested by teaching teams and departments.
- assistance with the selection and design of course/teaching appraisal methods,
processing and interpretation of student feedback, facilitation of course
reviews, preparation of teaching profiles.
- a library of resources on teaching and learning.
While the Unit gives particular attention to the development of staff who
have limited teaching experience, support for the continuing development of
staff throughout their teaching careers is of equal importance.
Students are helped to develop their learning, communication and mathematics
skills and to overcome study-related problems. Learning development services
- Individual tuition. Students may come to the Unit of their own volition
or at the suggestion of staff.
- Group tuition. Workshops are offered on aspects of learning and contributions
to courses may be requested by staff.
- An academic orientation programme for new students.
- A Preparatory Mathematics paper (MATH168) which is designed to help students
whose mathematics background is not strong to acquire basic mathematical
skills essential for their academic success.
- A range of resources including booklets and internet-based programmes.
- Training of tutors and senior residents in Halls of Residence to work with
students to develop their learning.