Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

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The PG-Cert in Digital and Collaborative Learning is a blended learning programme and attendance at the first two block courses is a requirement of the learning and the regulations. It is not possible to complete the programme by distance learning alone (it is not approved for this mode of delivery by NZQA). In exceptional circumstances, where a student is prevented from attending a block course by unforeseen circumstances, it may be possible to provide alternative arrangements, subject to the circumstances and suitable evidence being provided.

Please contact dcl@themindlab.com or ring 0800 MINDLAB as soon as possible. Since the block sessions are a requirement of the course, you will need to apply for special circumstances, supported by suitable evidence, in order to continue your enrolment on the programme. If these are approved, individual arrangements will be made for you to complete the required work. Otherwise you may need to withdraw and re-enrol in a later intake to complete the block.

Because this programme focuses on contemporary research, we are always updating the content to be as relevant as possible. For this reason it is not always possible to outline specific topics for an upcoming intake, however, here are examples of topics we have covered on each course in the past:

Digital Topics 

  • What is Knowledge?
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Blended Learning
  • Collaborative, Constructionist and Constructivist Learning
  • Computational Thinking
  • 3D Modelling
  • Technology Disruption and Mixed Reality
  • Design Thinking in the Classroom
  • Personal Learning Networks and Connectivism
  • Agile and Lean Education
  • Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing
  • Maker Movement
  • Games and Educational Game Design
  • Agency and Engagement
  • Inquiry Learning, Robotics and AI
  • Sensors and Sensibility

Leadership Topics

  • Followership
  • Key Competencies and He Tikanga Whakaaro in Leadership
  • Implementing Technology Innovation in the Classroom
  • Research Informed Leadership
  • Leadership Attributes
  • Leadership Theories and Styles
  • Online and Distributed Leadership
  • Diffusion of Innovations and Digital Leadership
  • Leading Change and Collaborative Leadership
  • Agile and Servant Leadership
  • Entrepreneurialism and Enterprise
  • Innovative Learning Spaces
  • Gamification in Leadership
  • Multicultural and International Perspectives on Education
  • Teacher Inquiry into Student Learning
  • Research and Applied Practice

Research Topics

  • Choose an Inquiry
  • Find Research
  • Examine Research Sources
  • Finalise the Research Essay Topic
  • Develop an Action Plan
  • Plan Data Collection
  • Consider the Action Plan Context
  • Anticipate the Impact of your Teacher Inquiry on your Community

Practice Topics

  • Act on your Plan
  • Reflect on your Inquiry
  • Examine your Cultural Context
  • Act in your Professional Environment
  • Consider your Audiences
  • Reflect on your Evidence
  • Evaluate your Impacts
  • Reflect on your Learning Journey

Please contact your facilitator or email your associated course coordinator:

For Postgraduate Certificate students: dcl@themindlab.com
For Master of Contemporary Education's students: mce@themindlab.com
For Master of Teaching & Education Leadership students: mtel@themindlab.com

Your facilitator may suggest a nearby location for you to join (if possible) or will be able to advise the best way for you to catch up. They can also share the session slides with you and direct you to the relevant online material.

If an unforeseen circumstance impairs the ability of a student from doing well on an assessment (including submitting assessment on time and/or giving a presentation), students are able to apply for a Special Assessment Circumstance (SAC) with relevant evidence within 5 working day of the assessment item due date. Please contact your programme coordinator below, to request a SAC form.

For Postgraduate Certificate students: dcl@themindlab.com
For Master of Contemporary Education's students: mce@themindlab.com
For Master of Teaching & Education Leadership students: mtel@themindlab.com

Your Student ID is sent to you in your application confirmation email. If you’ve lost it, fill in your name and email below and we will send your Student ID to your email (please use the same email address below as the one which you enrolled with). Or alternatively, you can contact enrol@themindlab.com or call 09 964 4444.



Our new blended learning delivery model (starting in late September, 2019 for the October school holiday) will run in block mode. There will be two required face to face block sessions during the programme, held over two days during the school holidays. Between the blocks, during term time, the programme can be undertaken online from anywhere in New Zealand. There is also a third, optional block towards the end of the course intended for those who need additional support to complete the assessments or those who wish to progress to the Master’s programme. The face to face sessions will be held at our Headquarters which is located at 3b Melrose Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023 (subject to numbers, alternative locations may be used).

Scholarships for this programme are based on your school’s decile. You will therefore need to be currently employed by a school in order to be eligible for a scholarship. If you are not currently teaching in a school you may be able to claim our Early-bird discount instead. For more information please see Scholarships & Subsidies.

Our new blended learning delivery model (starting in late September, 2019 for the October school holiday) will run in block mode. Students attending the programme will need to be in Auckland for the block sessions but can study online for the remainder or the programme. The face to face sessions will be held at our Headquarters which is located at 3b Melrose Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023 (subject to numbers, alternative locations may be used). .