About the Project
The role and quality of teaching in higher education has become a focus in recent years in universities internationally. At Victoria University of Wellington, the development and implementation of a new Learning and Teaching Strategy reflects the increased emphasis on teaching, and a desire to enhance student experiences. In a strategic initiative, the Faculty of Education and CAD are investigating innovative approaches to teaching and learning across the university, with a view to determining how best to support and facilitate pedagogical innovations that contribute to student engagement and learning.
The case studies presented here report the first stage of the initiative, where award winning staff were interviewed about their teaching practices and ideas about innovative teaching. Without fail, the participants said that they didn’t think what they do in their teaching is especially innovative; however, their efforts and strategies to keep their teaching fresh, interesting, and responsive to students provide us with ideas and inspiration for our own teaching.