EDEM682-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Special Topic: Current Issues in Education Futures and e-Learning

0.2500 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00 - (9/10-16/10)
Wheki 106 (17/7-21/8, 11/9-2/10)
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Cheryl Brown


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Seminars participation 40% Ongoing from start of course
Position paper 20%
Documented presentation 40%

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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,811.00

* 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.

All EDEM682 Occurrences

  • EDEM682-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018
  • EDEM682-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)