National Ako Aotearoa Project (2014-2016)


The #NPF14LMD (National Project Fund 2014, Learners and Mobile Devices) project is informed by original research on professional learning models for engaging teaching in mobile learning. This work stemmed from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a primary emphasis on student benefits through staff professional learning and the broader context of institutional digital strategy and transformation. The underpinning aim of the entire project was centred on enhancing learner experiences through the use of mobile learning and mobile devices.

AUT initiated the project through a range of internal projects on mobile learning and mobile social media and this was developed into a cross-institutional project aimed at pedagogical transformation. The Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) at AUT reached out to its networks across six institutions and brought together practitioners interested in pedagogical change and transformation through mobile devices.

The project began in 2014 involving over 50 practitioners from AUT, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Massey University (MU), Otago Polytechnic (OP), Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec), and the University of Auckland (UoA).

More information about the project and a complete list of outcomes can be accessed from the Ako Aotearoa website:

My role

As part of this project, my role was to support two cohorts of practitioners (Occupational Science and Therapy and Culture and Social) for investigating the use of mobile and social media tools within their discipline. This required working with the practitioners to:

  • redesign/design the course
  • creative design of learning activities and tasks, and assessment
  • embedded use of mobile and social media tools in the learning process (teaching and learning)
  • scaffolding practitioner capability and competency for using mobile and social media tools
  • pedagogical support
  • *working with the practitioners for supporting student and use of mobile and social media tools
  • help set up a collaborative practitioner network for support all the practitioners involved in the project (over 50 from across NZ)

Conceptual overview

Outcomes from the project

Reflections from the Occupational Science and Therapy group: Online eBook

Reflections from the Culture and Society group: Online eBook

Conceptual overview of the collaborative network and outcomes: Online eBook