Software to support learning and teaching
The University supports an array of technologies for enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom and online.
Canvas is the University's Learning Management System. It is used to communicate with students, host discussions, deliver coursework, quizzes, assessments, and monitor student activity. A suite of additional apps is available at Edu Apps, though some may require installation by an administrator.
CourseBuilder is a web development tool that enables you to create interactive websites for teaching and learning. You can integrate CourseBuilder websites with Canvas and many other elearning tools. One of CourseBuilder's strengths is the integration of media-rich content and formative assessment to encourage reflective, creative and critical thinking skills.
MCQresults takes the plain text output from the Scantron MCQ marker machine, marks it and enables customised downloadable files by allowing you to add variables. It has instructions on how to set up courses, create and mark tests, check Scantron details against the Cecil class list, send results and learning points to students (adapted from Daniel Exeter's Pro-Results system), include version decoding information and delete faulty questions.
Prior to 2016, Cecil was the University's Learning Management System. Courses that were hosted in Cecil have been archived so that past students still have access to the material.
Resources: Cecil website
Aropā is a web-based system supporting peer review of student assignments. Initially developed for use with large, undergraduate classes, it has been used in a variety of disciplines and contexts over the past decade. Aropā is used both within this University and overseas.
PeerWise provides a web-based vehicle for students to develop multi-choice questions and answer, rate and discuss their peers' questions. It is an engaging way for them to reflect on their learning, self-progress and revise for formal exams and is popular here and overseas.
Turnitin is a tool for checking students' assignments for originality. Its use is strongly encouraged to minimise plagiarism. Students login and submit their assignments themselves. Teachers can then view an online report, identifying which sections of the document have been copied.
GradeMark is an extension of Turnitin. GradeMark allows you to create detailed rubrics for more efficient and consistent assessment of student work.
PeerMark is an extension of Turnitin. It allows you to set up a structured peer review element to your course. Students self-register, submit their assignments or type their responses into a web form. They can then review and mark each others' work.
Bestchoice enables you to develop interactive problem-solving exercises and analyse usage data to inform teaching. Teaching Improvement Grants (TIGS) are one way teachers have funded such developments.
Oasis is a web-based tutorial and examination system where students develop core competency skills by solving practical problems with instant feedback. It is used extensively for diagnostic testing.
Decision Tree allows the creation of interactive flow charts representing decision pathways so that any branching decision process can be modelled. The incorporation of audio, video and images at each decision node enhances the learner's experience.
Connect with The University of Auckland. This page on the Staff Intranet provides guidelines for the use of social media, plus a link to the list of University-endorsed social media tools for teaching.
Communities of interest
SCOPE is a showcase of people and projects. It connects you with the resources, ideas, inspiration and support that you need in your teaching.
TV and Radio
TV and Radio broadcasts are streamed and archived (some only short term) by Libraries and Learning Services. The collection includes local and international television channels and recorded programmes for educational use at The University of Auckland.
eTV archives free-to-air television broadcasts from both local and international sources. University staff can download these for use in their teaching under the New Zealand Screenrights Licensing Scheme. Enter your University staff email address and you will be directed to log in through UniSign.
Resources: eTV website
Media Publishing is a tool for uploading video (or audio) files to the University's media server. You will receive a link to a webpage where your students can view the video.
The University has arranged software licences for providing a number of popular applications to UoA staff. See the site licences page on the Staff Intranet for a comprehensive list of available software packages for use at work or home.
- Learning Management Systems: Canvas, Moodle
- Threaded discussion: Canvas or Piazza*
- Personal journals: Canvas ePortfolios (under user profile)
- Blogs: Blogger
- Wikis: PBWorks, or Wikispaces
- Peer assessment: Peer review assignments in Canvas, Aropa
- Social networking and ePortfolios: Canvas ePortfolios (under user profile), Elgg and an article on its use in tertiary education, Mahara
- Knowledge mapping and visualisation:
- Academic article bookmarking: CiteULike, referencing management tools
- Realtime web conferencing: Canvas Conferences (an online classroom [note, recordings are only held for two weeks]), Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, WiZIQ
- Quiz creation: Canvas Quizzes, CourseBuilder, H5P*
- Surveys: Qualtrics (UoA site license), CourseBuilder (get feedback/survey/quiz element), Google Forms, Survey Monkey
- Lecture recording: Information on lecture recording
- Personal response systems: Xorro-Q*, GoSoapBox, DropThought*, Clickers (information on Library website)
- Digital storytelling: MS PhotoStory 3, iMovie (part of the Mac suite)
- Problem and Scenario-based learning: Smart Sparrow
- Role plays: See explanations and examples (specialised software may be used to offer role plays, but online discussion forums or social networking blogs/groups can be adapted for this purpose)
- Web3D/Virtual Worlds: The University's Visualisation Suite, Second Life, OpenSim
* LTI integration with Canvas