Approaches to teaching

Guides and resources for academic staff on ways they can approach teaching at Victoria University of Wellington.

At the University, we recognise that there is no one ‘right’ way to approach teaching. The approach needs to suit the teaching context. This includes the course, the teaching space—physical or online—and the students.

We encourage staff to try new and creative approaches to teaching. We want to see them exploring how they can adapt and improve their teaching to meet the needs of their students and course.

If they need some direction, the Centre for Academic Development is there to help. They can provide practical advice and resources.

Learning and teaching guides

The University’s Centre for Academic Development develops practical guides for teachers interested in developing their learning and teaching skills.

The guides cover:

  • assessment for learning
  • developing questions
  • group work and assessment
  • peer reviews
  • teaching international students
  • informal feedback.

Inclusive teaching

The University encourages staff to use inclusive methods in every part of their teaching—from everyday communication with students to designing assessments.

Find out more about inclusive teaching at the University and the resources available to teachers.

Māori and Pasifika learning and teaching

These resources have been designed for teachers interested in helping their Māori and Pasifika students succeed at university. They include:

  • language guides to help teachers improve communication and pronunciation
  • learning and teaching research with a focus on Māori and Pasifika students
  • guides to socially acceptable behaviour
  • research and innovation by Māori at the University.

Steps to teaching success

A highly accessible collection of strategies, ideas, and insights from top teaching staff to help raise teaching standards.