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This Special Topic is designed to develop knowledge of digitally-enabled future-focused education within Aotearoa New Zealand and globally. Participants will critically analyse problematic aspects of e-learning research and development and apply their studies to practices in their choice of a setting in education or industry-related training.
In collaboration with UC e-Learning Research Lab, seminars by leading experts in e-learning and Digital Technologies in education include experts in the USA, UK, and New Zealand. 2017 topics include Communities of Online Learning (COOL), teaching Digital Technologies and Computational Thinking, inclusive indigenous perspectives, Smart Partnerships increasing equity with ICT in education, and co-teaching in innovative learning environments. On campus and online distant students will be blended into one course offering, increasing the diversity for our community of learners. Students are welcome to invite colleagues to join the class for selected seminars on campus or online.
On completion of this course successful students will be able to:1. Analyse and critique key literature related to contemporary learning design, spaces and teaching practices.2. Critically review theories and analyse strategies and approaches related to leading culturally responsive change in educational settings.3. Critically evaluate current practices in the design and implementation of innovative learning spaces with reference to historical developments and socio-cultural learning theories.4. Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching and leading which demonstrates an understanding of adaptive expertise and collaborative pedagogies.5. Research and design potential learning solutions, including human and cultural, technological, resource, and pedagogical considerations to address specific needs or opportunities within a local context.6. Defend learning design proposals by demonstrating critical understanding of related theoretical perspectives (including but not limited to learning theories, change theories, socio-cultural theories).7. Articulate and begin to implement leadership processes designed to foster engagement, organisational agility and adaptability.8. Explore assumptions and mental models that underlie leadership roles and organisational structures in order to critically reflect on enablers and barriers to change.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Subject to approval of the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Course participants are expected to participate actively in the online learning environment and seminars. There will be invited speakers 5.30-6.30 pm on about 8 Mondays that students can attend online and/or on campus (in Wheki 302), and for some of those seminars you are welcome to be accompanied by a colleague. Although these seminars will also be recorded, please make plans to attend some of them (online or on-campus) because students will be assisting to host one of the speakers as part of their participation in the course.
Due to the rapidly evolving state of the field and the nature of this course, required reading develops with the course. Every effort will be made to use readings that are available electronically and links to relevant articles will be available on the UC Learn course site.Recommended reading available on the web includes:Journal of Open Flexible and Distance LearningCharania, A. & Davis, N.E. (2016). A Smart partnership integrating educational technology for underserved children in India. Educational Technology & Society 19(3), 99-109.Mackey, J., Davis, N.E. & Stuart, C. (2015). Extending innovative e-learning leadership. Commissioned by National Council of Educational Research.Webb, M., Davis, N.E., Bell, T., Katz, Y.K., Reynolds, N., Chambers, D.P. & Syslo, M.M. (2016). Computer science in K-12 school curricula of the 2lst century: Why, what and when? Education and Information Technology (First online)
Domestic fee $1,811.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership.