Academic literacy development for your students

Learning & Academic Engagement  staff work with students and lecturers to develop student academic literacies by designing and delivering support for assessments in multiple modes.

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assessment advice appointments

Before students submit work:

  • In collaboration with lecturers, we design and deliver academic literacy teaching and learning materials for specific assignments in your papers. We can do this face-to-face, synchronously online, asynchronously online, or in any combination of modes. Book a teaching session or contact us at to find out more.

After students submit work:

Throughout the semester, your students can:

  • Book into online and face-to-face workshops that are open to all students
  • Book a 20-minute appointment for assessment advice which directs them to relevant resources and workshops about academic literacy
  • View examples and videos about academic writing and presenting on the Library website and through Canvas

Example 1: HLAW701 Writing for Learning Outcome 3

Example 2: EDUC651 Making your blog visually interesting

Showing students how to select and use images to complement written content for a specific assessment. This is part of a series of short videos about how to critique a blog post and also write a blog.

Other examples of videos created for specific needs are available in this YouTube playlist.

Learning & Academic Engagement staff collaborate with lecturers and other faculty staff to create teaching and learning materials that are integrated with curriculum content. These are designed cumulatively across papers in a programme of study. Our goal is to create online and face-to-face resources for academic literacy development that are relevant to students as they work on their current assessments.

The essential steps for collaborating are below. The design of our materials focuses on using sample assignments.

How we collaborate with lecturers

Throughout the semester

Students have direct access to Learning & Academic Engagement staff through appointments and workshops.

After assignment submission

The essential steps for working with undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students are below. Our focus is on working with lecturer feedback.How we work with UG & PG coursework studentsLearning & Academic Engagement staff may be able to work with students on their assignments once they have been submitted and marked by lecturers. In accordance with AUT’s proofreading guidelines for student assessments and the guidelines for the proofreading of postgraduate theses and dissertations at AUT, Learning & Academic Engagement staff do not proofread or check student work. Students may have approximately two appointments per semester.

At AUT, a research student is someone who is currently doing a research project as part of one of the following programmes:

  • Bachelor’s degree with honours
  • Postgraduate diploma or certificate
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Professional doctorate

The essential steps for working with research students and their supervisors are below. Our focus is on working with supervisor feedback. Supervisors request appointments on behalf of their students.

How we work with PG research students

Appointments occur once the student’s work has been commented on by supervisors. In accordance with AUT’s proofreading guidelines for student assessments and the guidelines for the proofreading of postgraduate theses and dissertations at AUT, Learning & Academic Engagement staff do not proofread or check student work. Students may have approximately two appointments per semester. per student for each semester.

Research students have direct access to academic writing advisors through thesis writing workshops, drop-ins and general workshops on academic writing. Research students can also book into workshops run in collaboration with the Graduate Research School .

Provides a wide-range of researcher development support and resources for postgraduate research students at AUT. This includes events to connect you with other students, and workshops for specific kinds of research activity, such as working with supervisors, writing ethics proposals, analysing qualitative data, and much more.
Upload your work for feedback before you have to submit it for marking. Log in to Canvas – open any course and 'Get study help now (Studiosity)' is in the left-hand menu.
Use Draft Coach to check your referencing, quoting, and paraphrasing before you submit your work:
  • Install Draft Coach in the Microsoft 365 version of Word
  • Reade the Similarity Report to check your originality
  • Make improvements to your work
Watch video tutorials to help you learn software for writing, technology and creative skills. See suggested video lessons on how to:
  • Read faster
  • Manage your time
  • Use Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Edit videos
Proofreaders and editors
Your faculty may have a list of approved proofreaders and editors (available at a cost). AUT has proofreading guidelines for student assessments and the guidelines for the proofreading of postgraduate theses and dissertations at AUT
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We are engaged in research relevant to our practices, and welcome collaborative projects with other AUT researchers and international partners.

Sustainable Embedded Academic Literacies (SEAL)

Dr Lucy Macnaught, Karen Margetts, Vanessa van der Ham & Mark Bassett (Te Mātāpuna Library & Learning Services)
Dr Chris Jenkin & Dr John Milne (AUT School of Education)
July 2019 - present

This project focuses on the implementation and evaluation of a new approach to teaching academic writing development. It involves School of Education lecturers using a suite of teaching and learning materials that target the writing demands of a specific paper – a teaching practice commonly known as ‘embedding’. These materials are prepared in collaboration with Learning Success staff. The goal is to create and deliver materials that are relevant to specific assignments that students have to write, and to do so in a way that is flexible and accessible to current and future faculty teaching staff.  The main innovative aspect of the project includes a focus on lecturers gradually taking more responsibility for the literacy development of their students, rather than this area of teaching being ‘outsourced’ to other AUT staff.

User Experience of Web-based Academic Literacies Learning (UXWALL)

Mark Bassett & Dr Lucy Macnaught
Sep 2018 – present

This project focuses on how students experience online learning resources related to academic literacy development. It forms part of a larger Library website project to redevelop the website. The research design centres on user experience (UX) research methods where students are involved in the design process. Data are analysed using theoretical frameworks within the Applied Linguistic tradition of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Discourse analysis identifies reoccurring student responses related to: what and how they evaluate the website; how they meaningfully group and label website content; and the type of webpage layout that they think is effective and user-friendly. Findings are expected to generate design principles that will inform specific changes to the current website. The research findings will also be the foundation for further and iterative user experience research related to the development of students’ academic literacies.

Learning Advisor & Lecturer Collaborations to Embed Discipline-Specific Literacies Development in Degree Programmes

Mark Bassett
Completion: 2021

This PhD research investigates the collaboration between learning advisors and lecturers as they co-design and integrate academic literacies into subject content. Findings are expected to capture varied practices and identify key aspects that are critical to effective collaboration. An intended outcome is to improve working relationships between learning advisors and lecturers for the benefit of students’ academic literacy development.

If your students have breached academic integrity, here’s how the learning advisor team can help.

Workshops for your students

  • Students can attend a Library workshop on academic integrity, paraphrasing and/or referencing.
  • If you would like a workshop for a group of six or more of your students, you can email us at


Students can view videos and examples of academic writing, paraphrasing and referencing.


Students can view these short videos:

  • How to understand Turnitin originality reports
  • What to do if you get a high score
  • What to do if you get a low score
  • How to submit assignments via Turnitin

Lecturers can view this short video about how to adjust Turnitin settings to allow multiple submissions (which can provide students with opportunities to improve on their use of other people’s words and ideas before final submission):


For more help: