Centre for Academic Development

How the Centre for Academic Development supports learning and teaching development at Victoria University of Wellington.

The Centre for Academic Development (CAD) supports the Victoria University of Wellington community in pursuit of learning and teaching excellence. The CAD team provides practical services that enhance learning and teaching at the University. They work with individuals and teaching teams across a range of areas, including:

  • academic development
  • learning and teaching advice
  • educational technology services
  • course and teaching feedback
  • policy development
  • research.

One-on-one support

Academic staff members at the University can talk to CAD about their individual teaching needs. The team can help with anything from a specific classroom issue to applying for an award or promotion.

New academic staff

If you’re joining Victoria University of Wellington as a new academic staff member, the CAD team will help you settle in. They run a two-day Orientation to Academic Life programme at the University two or three times a year. All new staff need to attend one within the first 12 months of joining the University.

CAD also provide training and ongoing support to new tutors.

Workshops for staff

The CAD team runs workshops that help teachers enhance their learning and teaching skills. They can also design custom workshops to meet the needs of a specific group. Workshop topics include:

  • educational technology
  • lecturing
  • small group teaching
  • copyright
  • marking
  • assessment
  • feedback
  • using Blackboard for teaching.

Professional development

The Centre for Academic Development offers teachers opportunities to earn postgraduate qualifications in higher learning and teaching. They also help University staff connect with each other and talk about learning and teaching through Ako Victoria events.