Below are the academic team that form part of the CfLAT whānau, some of the academics are also available to supervise Masters and PhD students.

Dr Nell Buissink
Senior Academic Adviser
With the Ako Aronui team, I provide professional development and recognition for all AUT teaching staff. I am involved in the embedding of attributes such as citizenship, ethics and kindness across the university. My primary interests are in the well-being of staff and students and in understanding their experiences of being in a university.
Dr Thom Cochrane
Senior Lecturer
Thom manages and implements mobile learning projects (over 50 to date) and is interested in mobile learning, social software, communities of practice, and SoTEL. He was awarded Ascilite Fellow (2011) and is a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) (2016). He is a prolific researcher, frequently invited keynote speaker, and on multiple editorial boards of journals in his fields of interest.
Dr John Davies
Senior Lecturer
I am part of the team that is implementing the Ako Aronui framework at AUT. My role includes working with faculties and individual staff who wish to develop their teaching and assessment practices and supporting people who are applying to become fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
Piki Diamond
Ako (Learning & Teaching) Consultant
My teaching and academic philosophy is driven by whakamana, empowering people. As part of the CfLAT team I work towards weaving mātauranga Māori into teaching practices and paper content. I also support academics that wish to learn more about te ao Māori and how it is the uniqueness that is Aotearoa New Zealand.
Julia Hallas
Senior Lecturer
Julia works with colleagues to innovate teaching practice to improve student learning. Contact her for support with curriculum and paper design, assessment methodology, innovative pedagogic practice, teaching methods, online learning, and technology adoption processes.
Peter Maclaren
Principal Lecturer and Academic Advisor (MEdTech, BE, Dip Tchg)
Peter Maclaren is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Advisor. He has a background in engineering and teaching applied mathematics. His current focus is in developing pedagogies in STEM disciplines and the use of pen-enabled Tablet PC technology.
Jaye McIsaac
Learning & Teaching Advisor
Jaye has worked in tertiary and higher education in Aotearoa New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has designed and delivered accredited programmes for tertiary educators. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Jaye contributes to the Ako Aronui programme and she coordinates the HEA institutional accreditation for the Fellowship scheme. She is fascinated in all aspects of learning and teaching with interests in learning design and curriculum development.
Dr Vickel Narayan
Learning & Teaching Consultant
Vickel Narayan is a Learning and Teaching Consultant at the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CfLAT) at the Auckland University of Technology. Vickel has a keen interest in mobile and social media tools and how it could be effectively used to engage students and teachers in the teaching and learning process. He is particularly interested in investigating mobile and social media tools for enabling learner autonomy, ownership, and creativity. This also formed the basis for his PhD that utilised a design-based research approach to investigate how mobile and social media tools could be embedded in a course to foster autonomy and student-driven and determined learning (Heutagogy). Vickel’s more recent focus has been investigating mobile AR/VR for enabling authentic learning, and learner-generated content and context.
Emily Whitehead
Research Assistant and LATTE
Emily works part-time as a research assistant and a Learning and Teaching Technology Enabler, working on both digital and research projects. She is part of the Ako Aronui team, supporting the creation of resources, processes and structures for the new programme. She is also undertaking her MA (Ancient History).