Programme Overview

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning


With digital technology now integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, it is paramount that educators are equipped to bring 21st century skills and tools into the classroom.

Digital tools are becoming increasingly prevalent in schools, but technology alone does not mean better teaching and learning. Teacher education is critical in making the most of technology in the classroom. The Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning provides the opportunity for all educators to retrain and develop contemporary practice in the rapidly changing digital landscape, in time for their learners to benefit.

On the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning, you will:

  • Gain new theoretical and practical knowledge within the field of teaching and education supported by research, observation and applied practice
  • Build your knowledge of 21st-century education practices and learn how to integrate relevant technologies and methodologies
  • Develop a more student-centered and personalised approach to learning
  • Evaluate personal teaching environments (class, school or community-wide) and learn how to identify development and advancement opportunities

This 32-week, 60 credit, level 8 programme from The Mind Lab (PTE) allows practicing teachers to study a recognised postgraduate qualification part-time while continuing in full-time employment. It is:

  • NZQA accredited
  • TEC & NZQA registered
  • Certified by The Mind Lab (a Private Training Establishment)

One four-hour class is held weekly (outside of school hours) for the first 16 weeks, while the second 16 weeks is a blend of online and face to face learning. The programme is a pathway to our Master of Contemporary Education.

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Innovative Blended Learning

The 32-week part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning is an innovative blended learning programme in two stages, each of 16 weeks.

Stage 1

The first stage comprises weekly four hour face-to-face sessions at The Mind Lab (either one of our labs or one of our partner schools) combined with online support materials through a dedicated collaborative multimedia portal. Other study commitments are based on assignments and activities based on teachers’ own classrooms, where new knowledge and practice is applied.

Stage 2

The second stage of the course is primarily online, supported by face-to-face assignment workshops and other informational sessions. For the second 16 weeks of the 32 week part-time qualification, students continue to apply new knowledge and practice in the classroom while studying online.

There are four courses in the programme, each worth 15 credits, as shown below. For more details, see the Course Outlines page.









Assessment and workload

Summative assessment is modelled on flexible and innovative practice, allowing for video, photography, blogs or visual diaries of applied practice to augment more traditional documentation of learning through written essays. Collaborative group work is also encouraged.

The study workload outside the classroom is expected to be 6-8 hours per week. Given the ability to capture activities in the classroom through video or other forms of media, it is expected most teachers participating in this programme will use digital tools to capture school-based applied practice.

Who should do the programme?

The programme is designed for teachers and educators at all levels. Our classes are attended by teachers from early years, primary, secondary and tertiary. 

Over the duration of the qualification teachers will

  • Gain highly involved students

    Today’s students see ‘digital fluency’ as a natural component of life. Meaningful technology integration is critical in every classroom, across every subject. Learn how to embed technology with project-based learning in the classroom to provide students with new capability, confidence, enthusiasm and a passion for learning.

  • Stay current and relevant

    As the world of education transforms (e.g. flipped learning, BYOD, collaborative leadership and practical inquiry), the knowledge gap over time will continue to increase. Learn how to harness your existing knowledge and teaching practices to “stay in the game” and have the confidence to teach today, tomorrow and well into the future.

  • Progress their career

    The percentage of postgraduate trained teachers in New Zealand is low and committing to further studies allows teachers to be competitive, relevant and mobile. Personal and professional development is a core to all modern professions, and undertaking a postgraduate qualification and upskilling further through study provides an advantage at all stages of a professional career.


As the 2015 OECD report ‘Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection’ states: ‘The key elements for success are the teachers, school leaders and other decision makers who have the vision, and the ability, to make the connection between students, computers and learning.’ We share that vision, and are committed to giving teachers the skills, confidence and experience to transform education for the benefit of all learners. The three complementary themes of digital tools, collaboration and leadership lie at the heart of our Digital and Collaborative Learning programme.


Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

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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