In 2020 six new experiential leaning “Studio” papers were introduced to the Bachelor of Information Technology programme at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. This provided a dramatically different approach to teaching and learning. There is a Studio paper in each of the six semesters of our degree. All papers are co-taught. Short taught workshops are combined with team-based projects where learners apply the technical knowledge from their other papers in a collaborative mixed ability group project. These projects are carefully curated to recognise technical skills and experience, (Allen, 2021). While co-teaching was part of the original design, it has become a highly valued and positive experience for teaching staff. Co-teaching is now considered an essential element of the Studio approach. This paper explores the ways in which co-teaching provides an opportunity to enhance the learning experience for not only students but also for lecturers. The recognition of co-teaching as an essential element of our Studio implementation is necessary for the evolution of the Studio papers within our institution, but also serves as a platform for a broader discussion with our CITRENZ colleagues.
Elise Allen is a senior lecturer in Web Development, Software Engineering, User Experience Design and Professional Practice in the Bachelor of Information Technology programme at Otago Polytechnic. Her current areas of interest include experiential learning, ‘Agile’ practices, industry workflows in the classroom and studio-based learning for technology subjects.