Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning Micro-credential

Level 8 – NZQA accredited

Gain the perfect combination of pedagogical foundations and innovative approaches to teaching and learning with our self-paced micro-credential for educators.

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Programme overview

A great self-paced learning experience for educators looking to develop the knowledge, awareness, and capability to confidently apply digital tools, collaborative approaches and a sustainability mindset to teaching and learning in your professional practice.

This micro-credential supports the development of practical skills and knowledge in contemporary education. Throughout the programme you’ll focus on innovative pedagogies, the impact of digital tools on education, collaborative approaches to learning, and helping learners to develop 21st century digital skills and adapt to the future of work.

Are you equipped for the next generation of learners?

What you'll walk away with

The ability to critically reflect on contemporary pedagogies and digital and collaborative learning in educational contexts
The skills to integrate contemporary and emergent digital tools into innovative educational practice
Collaborative teaching and learning practices to implement in your educational context
A better education practice in the context of cultural and environmental sustainability

Programme details

Time requirement

15 weeks of self-paced online learning including videos, quizzes and optional support sessions facilitated live on Zoom

The learning will primarily be self-paced and asynchronously online. Learners are provided with video material, course notes, relevant materials, quizzes, and questions for directed discussions. Self-directed learning includes readings, reflection, learner-initiated discussion and assessments.

For additional support, there are optional live online sessions via Zoom at different times during the course.

  • Zoom session 1 in week 1
  • Zoom session 2 in week 3
  • Zoom session 3 in week 6
  • Zoom session 4 in week 10
  • Zoom session 5 in week 14

Next intakes

  • February 2022 intake: 14th February 2022 – 29th May 2022
  • May 2022 intake: 9th May 2022 – 21st August 2022
  • July 2022 intake: 18th July 2022 – 30th October 2022
  • October 2022 intake: 10th October 2022 – 12th February 2023

Fees, discount & scholarships

Domestic (NZ student fees): $900 inc GST
International students: $1,500 inc GST

Get a 10% earlybird discount if you apply 4 weeks before the programme start date, making the domestic fees just $810 inc GST

We have a range of full fees scholarships for our learners.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level qualification OR Equivalent professional experience AND relevant professional experience of working in education. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.

International students

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or if you currently reside in New Zealand and your visa conditions allow study. To find out more about studying with The Mind Lab as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

Key benefits

Upskill your teaching practice in a short timeframe
Learn at your own pace with videos, readings and quizzes
Get a taster for learning with The Mind Lab, with options to continue with further postgraduate studies
"I had a lightbulb moment that’s now made learning work for all my students, even those with shorter attention spans. I’m creating videos with all the (boring!) info to watch before class. Then they come armed with questions. It’s fast tracking our experience and their thinking because they're using digital as their springboard!"

Claire Funk, September 2021 intake

Course outline

You will begin your study exploring the foundational elements of digital and collaborative learning, including contemporary pedagogies, collaboration, mindsets and innovative learning environments. 

That will lead to your first assessment (summative) where you will demonstrate your understanding of these topics and begin to reflect on educational contexts.

Following this, you will continue to develop your knowledge of innovative approaches to digital and collaborative learning with more emphasis on how you might apply your learning and integrate digital tools in your current or future educational contexts. 

At the end of the course, you will present on how you would apply the approaches

Topics include: 

  • Education 4.0 and contemporary skill sets
  • New theories of learning
  • Blended and online learning
  • Collaboration 
  • Learning environments 
  • Cultural and environmental sustainability
  • Digital responsibility and citizenship
  • Debating innovation
  • Planning a digital and collaborative educational innovation
  • Agile and lean thinking
  • Digital skills 
  • Computational thinking and coding
  • Games and gamification
  • Sustainability and citizen science in learning
  • Learning networks 
"The learning was relevant, interesting, and engaging, and I could apply it in my classroom instantly."

Feedback from a student, September 2020 intake

Looking for something more comprehensive?

We also offer a 35-week course, with weekly online learning and optional face-to-face sessions. Perfect if you want a longer course and to connect with like-minded educators across Aotearoa. This course is a fantastic way to be part of a community of future-focused educators.

Learn more about our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

And if you want to take your learning to another level – consider a Masters degree. Our contemporary, practical Masters will equip you with the skills and pedagogy you need to enact change in your education environment. Part time and full time options available.

Learn more about our Master of Contemporary Education


Enquire about our Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning Micro-credential and one of our outreach team will get in touch to answer any questions you may have.