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Teaching and Learning
Learning is a lifelong process; it’s in our nature to keep striving to know more. With the pace at which new technologies and ideas emerge, the way we seek knowledge is constantly changing and the way we teach needs to evolve to keep up with this.
All of our Unitec programmes are structured around a holistic learning approach called the Living Curriculum. The Living Curriculum is more than course content or syllabus, it is an active, dynamic process of learning that is jointly owned by students and teachers.
Unitec creates an open and supportive learning environment for all our students, staff and communities. Embedding Mātauranga Māori in all of our programmes helps us achieve this, and is also one of the characteristics of the Living Curriculum.
This is guided by our Poutama, an easy to follow and practical guide for the research and activities you can do with students and staff to introduce Mātauranga Māori into your discipline or trade. As a new teacher, the Poutama is a valuable resource for you to fulfil the unique cultural needs of your Māori students, enabling them to achieve their goals with mana. We also have Kaihautu who will assist you with the knowledge of Mātauranga Māori and how it can be included in teaching programmes.
Research at Unitec is applied, practical, collaborative and industry-based. You will have the opportunity to be creative and innovative while making positive and powerful changes in our industries and communities.
As a teacher, you will have four weeks of professional development leave which can be used for research or other areas of interest.
We hold an annual Teaching and Learning symposium to celebrate the teaching and research successes at Unitec. It provides you with an opportunity to gather with the Unitec teaching and learning community to share best practices, discuss new learning and teaching techniques or theories and exchange ideas in a forum dedicated to enriching the student learning experience.
Connections with Industry
We believe that partnerships with industry and community are vital to our success as an applied learning institution. Whether local or global, they connect our students with the world of work and add huge value to the teaching and learning experience. We want you to stay connected with industry to ensure you are keeping relevant to the changing needs and workforce requirements within industry.