Software to support learning and teaching

The University supports an array of technologies for enhancing teaching and learning in the classroom and online.

Course management


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.

Resources: Canvas LMSCanvas support websiteEdu AppCentre
Phone: +64 9 373-7599 ext 85100


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.

Resources: CourseBuilder WebsiteCourseBuilder support


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.

Resources: MCQresults WebsiteOnline contact form


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 Courses that were hosted in Cecil have been archived so that past students still have access to the material.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

Peer assessment


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.

Resources: Aropā websiteIntroduction to AropāAropā: the movie
Contacts: Dr John HamerDr Helen Purchase


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.

Resources: PeerWise websitePeerwise supportExplanatory video
Contact: Paul Denny


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.

Resources: Turnitin websiteTurnitin page on the Staff Intranet


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.

Problem solving


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.

Resources: Bestchoice websiteExample exercisesLearning Enhancement Grants
Contact: Dr Sheila Woodgate


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.

Resources: Oasis website, Research paper
Contact: Staff Service Centre

Decision Tree

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.

Resources: Use with CourseBuilder, Example exerciseCourseBuilder Support 
Contact: Tony Chung

Social media

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.

Resources: Social media guidelines
Contact: Laura Zechel

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.

Resources: SCOPE website


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.

Resources: Library archive


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

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.

Resources: Media Publishing website

Work-at-home software

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.

Other resources

* LTI integration with Canvas