Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning Micro-credential
Learn how to integrate innovative technology into a blended learning environment to engage students and transform your teaching.
Integrate effective contemporary and digital practices into your teaching
This Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning (DCTL) micro-credential from The Mind Lab will build your knowledge of contemporary education practices and will allow you to evaluate personal teaching environments and integrate relevant technologies and methodologies into classrooms through applied practice.
With the demands of an increasingly digitised world, there is a growing awareness among educators that teaching and learning need to evolve to better prepare teachers and students for this changing world.
This micro-credential is designed to support all educators, across different settings, who have current or recent education-related experience. This includes teachers, trainers, librarians, museum staff, learning technologists, and higher education faculty, among others.
Through this micro-credential, you'll learn how to:
- integrate contemporary and emergent digital tools into innovative educational practice, with a focus on blended classroom practice
- bring your lessons into the 21st century and provide a really innovative and exciting learning experience for your students, using practical skills such as agile project management and how to innovate in your classroom
- use a range of tools and approaches that you can use in your lessons to engage students and embed technology and collaboration into your classroom - for example, gamification and integrating games into your teaching methods, as well as using animation and coding to facilitate creative, cross-curricular approaches to digital learning.
By the end of the micro-credential, you’ll be able to...
- Critically reflect on contemporary pedagogies and digital and collaborative learning in educational contexts.
- Integrate contemporary and emergent digital tools into innovative educational practice.
- Develop and apply collaborative teaching and learning practices in an educational context.
- Develop education practice in the context of cultural and environmental sustainability.
How will you learn?
15 weeks of self-paced online learning including videos, quizzes and optional support sessions facilitated live on Zoom. A total time commitment of 10 hours per week.
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 five optional live online sessions via Zoom (Week 1, Week 3, Week 6, Week 10 and Week 14).
How is this micro-credential assessed?
There are two competency-based summative assessments, one at week seven and another at week fifteen. These assessments will utilise your digital skills and will help you to reflect on your learning and how you will integrate your new knowledge and skills into your teaching.
Learn from the experts at The Mind Lab
The Mind Lab is an award-winning, NZQA-registered education provider. Since 2014, The Mind Lab has equipped over 5,000 NZ educators (across 1,330 schools) with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of contemporary learning environments.
This micro-credential is endorsed and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and aligns to level 8 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
Are you eligible for this micro-credential?
To enrol in this micro-credential, you need to have relevant professional experience working in education, and - A Bachelors degree (NZQF Level 7) or equivalent OR - at least 2 years relevant professional experience.
If your qualifications were not completed in English, and English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (or an equivalent).
What you will receive
- 15 credits at postgraduate level from The Mind Lab (authorised under NZQA). This course confers credit equivalent to a single unit of postgraduate study which is transferable under New Zealand Qualifications Authority Standards. More information can be found here.