Course Outlines

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) Course Outlines. This is a Level 8, 60 credit programme that consists of the following four integrated course components

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Digital and Collaborative Learning in Context (DCL) CISC8110

Purpose/Aim

Based on contemporary educational theory, policy and research, identify and evaluate the potential for digital and collaborative learning to impact on educational practice and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify a potential digital and collaborative innovation and design an implementation plan that can be applied in a learning environment.
  2. Consider and compare national educational policies/guidelines and contemporary educational theory against existing delivery models and needs.
  3. Evaluate collaborative educational research and investigate its application in a digital environment.

Indicative content
The course content will include the following topics (please note these are subject to change as the programme is continually evolved)

Digital and Collaborative Learning in Context (face to face sessions)

  • Epistemology and the Purpose of Education
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Technology Disruption and Mixed Reality
  • Collaborative, Constructionist and Constructivist Learning with Coding
  • Computational Thinking
  • Networked Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • 3D Modelling and Printing
  • Engagement and Agency
  • Real World Learning and Crowdsourcing
  • Agile and Lean Education
  • Makerspaces and the Maker Movement
  • Inquiry Learning and Robotics
  • Design Thinking in the Classroom
  • Games and Game Design in Education
  • Using Device and Brain Sensors

Leadership in Digital and Collaborative Learning (LDC) CISC8104

Purpose /Aim

Lead innovation in digital and collaborative learning that draws upon concepts of transformational leadership theory, educational theory and research.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critique relevant transformational leadership theory, contemporary educational leadership and/or governance models in the context of digital and collaborative learning.
  2. Reflect on personal leadership attributes and styles within the context of leading innovation.
  3. Examine the influence emerging research, policies and guidelines have on leadership in digital pedagogies.
  4. Design and implementation plan for leading a digital and collaborative learning innovation

Indicative content
The course content will include the following topics (please note these are subject to change as the programme is continually evolved)

Leadership in Digital and Collaborative Learning(face to face sessions)

  • Thought Leadership and Followership
  • Reflective Practice and Key Competencies in Leadership
  • Implementing Technology Innovation in the Classroom
  • Research Informed Leadership
  • Developing a Growth Mindset
  • Leadership Theories and Styles
  • Online and Distributed Leadership
  • Leading Change
  • Multicultural and International Perspectives on Education
  • Entrepreneurialism and Crowdfunding
  • Agile and Servant Leadership
  • Innovative Learning Spaces
  • Teacher Inquiry into Student Learning
  • Design Thinking in Leadership
  • Gamification in Leadership
  • Research and Community Informed Practice

Research and Community Informed Practice (R&C) CISC8101

Purpose /Aim

To become a critical consumer of research relevant to practice/field and following deep understanding begin to formulate key research questions in field of study relevant to community.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Assemble and critically review a relevant body of literature.
  2. Apply a Kaupapa Maori approach (that reflects the principles of Te Noho Kotahitanga) to knowledge gathering, developing research questions and identifying community priorities.
  3. Develop a research topic, clearly articulated both in objectives and scope, that is justified by prior literature, and the current needs of the community.

Indicative content
The course content will include the following topics (please note these are subject to change as the programme is continually evolved)

Research and Community Informed Practice (online)

  • Introduction to Research in Education
  • Locating and Interpreting Research
  • Writing a Literature Review
  • Teacher Inquiry
  • Planning Your Teacher Inquiry Project
  • Collecting Evidence and Data
  • Interpreting and Using Evidence
  • Ethics and Research

Applied Practice in Context (APC) – CISC8100

Purpose/Aim

To critically examine and contextualise practice and develop a critical understanding of how indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness, society, ethics, environment and law inform practice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness inform practice.
  2. Critique and evaluate practice in the context of different audiences (local, national and / or international) and their perspectives.
  3. Critically analyse issues of ethics, society, culture and professional environments in relation to practice.
  4. Critique and address issues of law, regulations and policy in practice.

Indicative content
The course content will include the following topics (please note these are subject to change as the programme is continually evolved)

Applied Practice in Context (online)

  • Defining Your Practice
  • Your Professional Context
  • The Broader Professional Context
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Responsiveness
  • Influence of Law & Ethics
  • Professional Online Social Networks
  • Professional Context – Crossing Boundaries and Creating Connections
  • Changes in Practice

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“It breaks all the stereotypical boxes of what a postgraduate course looks like … this is super fun and engaging.  You meet people who are like-minded, who are on the same journey as you.”
Fee Holdsworth, Tauhara College, Taupo