Examples of Excellence in Teaching

Around the Faculty there are many examples of excellent teaching and learning practice and innovation. This page lets you view some of these and find out who is doing what.

General teaching


Visualising Issues in Pharmacy - students collaborating across borders and disciplines

The Visualising Issues in Pharmacy (VIP) project was the first fully online initiative designed to join pharmacy and graphic design students and teachers from around the world to raise public awareness of critical health issues identified as debilitating in Kenya, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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Delivery of teaching to facilitate learning


The challenges and rewards of teaching online - Contraception, Pre and Early Pregnancy

Contraception, Pre and Early Pregnancy (OBSTGYN 712) is part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology. The course had previously only been available via audio-conferencing but the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology opted to create a course website and use the online environment for discussion and interaction. They have developed a case-based course that relies on case-related discussion which is accessed and mediated through Cecil.

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Creating learning resources to teach core concepts

The increasing number of drugs available, along with their mechanisms of action and more detailed information about their properties, has contributed to the need to focus on learning general principles, rather than just delivering information about each and every drug. However, key to learning many of these basic principles is the understanding of some core concepts. This can be challenging for many students as it requires application and linking of biological sciences (such as anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pathophysiology) to pharmacotherapy. Articulate Presenter was introduced as a tool to create learning objects that would to allow students to review materials on the core concepts that were needed for their ongoing learning.

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Design and planning of courses/programmes


A presenting complaints curriculum - myPaediatrics 

myPaediatrics is a website supporting the teaching and learning of 5th year students while they complete the 6 week paediatrics rotation. The website reflects and supports the presenting complaints curriculum which has been adopted by the Department of Paediatrics. 

Find out more about the site and the student's responses to the new curriculum and to the increased focus on self-directed learning. More »


Integrated Learning Activities - The Cancer Continuum

The Cancer Continuum is one example of several Integrated Learning Activities developed by Phase 1 of the medical programme to encourage student learning in the context of patient/physician experiences and emphasize links across different aspects of the programme.

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Assessing learning and providing feedback


Providing feedback that is timely and appropriate - a concept for large groups

This online assessment tool was designed to permit staff to mark assignments rapidly and to provide students with useful and timely feedback.

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Student support, guidance and supervision


Student supervision - The weekly progress report

A simple weekly reporting system to guide research supervision and to help students focus and maintain research goals and publication.

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Pastoral support - CALM Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

A website designed as a motivational tool for students struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships and other factors that can contribute to poor study practices.

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Contribute to this page

Share your examples of quality teaching and learning with the wider academic community. Send us a summary of your project or process for student engagement, research, student support etc. Submissions are sent to John Egan (j.egan@auckland.ac.nz).


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