PhD and Masters researchers working on App Lab projects apply practice-led design methods, through a pedagogical lens, to develop learner-centred technologies, which enhance student experiences in modern learning environments.

Key research areas include

UI/UX experience design, codesign, interactive, instruction, information, and communication design research for education, mediated through technological interfaces.

Programmes of study include

PhD, MPhil, Master of Design, Master of Cultural and Creative Practice, and Master of Arts: Māori Development.

Project showcase

Global Change App

The “Global Change app” is an interactive teaching tool for engaging students with the interrelationships between the global carbon and water cycles. It demonstrates the vital role of the stomata in leaves of plants and the impact of human activities on climate change. The app integrates scientific concepts about these ecological processes with design and…

He Whare Ako

The ‘He Whare Ako App’ is an interactive educational tool presenting a culturally responsive mobile learning framework. He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau (a house of learning, a house of technologies) framework underpins concepts of Ako (teaching + learning) and Kaupapa Māori (Māori philosophical values), interwoven with mobile learning theories and approaches. The framework is…


O-Tū-Kapua (‘what clouds see’), a glimpse of the secret world of a forest, was created by the TEMP-air project – a collaboration of F4, NIWA, UNITEC, AUT, IMERSIA and made possible through a grant from MBIE Curious Minds. This app, which is set in the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland, New Zealand, introduces atmospheric science to…