Teaching delivery modes

University of Auckland courses are classified into different delivery modes: Campus Experience and Online. The information about the delivery mode of an individual course can be found on the Digital Course Outline.

Where can I find Digital Course Outlines?

All Digital Course Outlines are available via a searchable website.  Digital Course Outlines.

What are delivery modes?

Delivery modes tell students about how a course is delivered and give information about key components of a course, so that students understand how they will be studying and what the expectations of a course are. There are two delivery modes at the University of Auckland.  

Campus Experience

Some course activities will require students to be on campus (or another physical location). These will be supplemented by extensive online elements, resources and assessments.  This is often called blended learning.


Students can complete the course online, but may have required on-campus tests/exams.

What information will be contained in the delivery modes section?

Course Schedule

Specifies when courses have times that students need to be on campus (or another physical location).  All courses will run to the University timetable.

Course Materials

Describes whether course materials will be available at the start of the course, or released as the course progresses.


Indicates activities in-person or online where attendance will be expected or required.


Specifies the course activities that will be available as recordings.

Live Online Events

Information on whether courses will have online sessions that students can attend live, in real-time.  These are sometimes called synchronous events.


Details about where students need to attend a test or exam in-person at a specific physical location.

How will students find out a course delivery mode?

Delivery mode information will be available to students in a section of the Digital Course Outline for each course.  Teachers will complete the delivery mode information before a course is offered so that students can check requirements for a course and understand if it will fit in with their own personal study circumstances.  

Digital course outlines can be found here.

How can a course delivery mode be changed?

Most courses at the University will be delivered under 'Campus Experience' as that encompasses a wide variety of combinations of in-person and online study.  Some courses are delivered mostly online, and these will be classified under the 'Online' delivery mode.

For a teacher to change delivery mode from Campus Experience to Online, approval from the faculty Associate Dean must be sought, and a number of factors are taken into consideration such as:

  • The level of the learners and their readiness for independent learning
  • The mix of courses within a programme and the balance of on-campus requirements across courses
  • Appropriateness of the delivery mode to the course content and learning outcomes

Why is the University indicating course delivery modes?

There are important principles behind the implementation of the delivery modes.

  1. We recognize that our students are whole and complete people, with lives, whānau, responsibilities, and duties of care outside of University.  We provide a full and complete picture of what taking our courses will mean so that students can successfully manage their multiple roles and responsibilities in their individual lives.   A student-sensitive experience, embodying whakamana tangata – placing people first, can take place when we give students the information to allow them to make an informed choice about  a course’s expectations and requirements.  
  2. We know that our students want to engage deeply with their learning, their teachers and their peers.  Tapu o te tangata, the tapu which we gain from being in healthy and life-giving relationships with other people, expresses our view of the benefits of engaging fully. To facilitate students building relationships and enhancing their learning, we inform them of opportunities to engage with their learning and with other people on-campus and online so they are able to choose the level and types of engagement that meet their needs as an individual.
  3. We recognize that our teachers research, reflect on and renew their pedagogical practices in response to their students’ needs as well as emerging best practices in their fields, demonstrating auahatanga – creativity, problem solving, confronting challenges and adapting. We foster innovation in pedagogy by providing a flexible framework which encourages transparency. 

Where can teachers find information about course design?

Advice and resources can be accessed on TeachWell.