EDEM628-19S1 (D) Semester One 2019 (Distance)

Effective Practices with E-Learning

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


This course will help participants to structure a blended learning environment that delivers content successfully, fosters online collaboration and supports the learner. The course will provide participants with an opportunity to carry out an independent project in education or training, and to enhance both their professional practice and the theoretical understandings by undertaking research which investigates blended practices. Designed for educators in all phases of education and training, including early childhood and industry related training.

“I loved the research and the fantastic opportunity to view & interact with other course members’ presentations." (past student)

Develop your teaching: You will be supported to design an effective innovative practice in your own context informed by research and the expertise of the class community, led by recognised leaders in the field of educational technology and future focused learning.

Be inspired: We aim to inspire participants through enhancing their capability to implement e-learning effectively in their practice in culturally responsive ways.

Engage with a community of practice: Your mana is enriched by bringing your experiences into our learning community. The course community will foster everyone as a leader who becomes better able to influence others to use new media appropriately.

Become a digital education leader: The course models effective learning on the move. We use our UC Learn course site as a base from which to branch out and explore the most recent apps and online opportunities with the latest research. In doing so we prepare you to become a digital education leader with engaged digitally fluent learners.

Reflect critically: Understand not only the opportunities but also challenges of the digital world such as cyberbullying and ‘screen addiction’ and develop strategies to enhance digital wellbeing.

Our courses attract participants from a diverse range of backgrounds and include teachers, instructional designers, trainers and community educators in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

In addition, students are also welcome to engage in UC e-Learning Research Lab events. #UCeLab

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with a broad range of digital tools and analyse and evaluate how their use can support and extend student learning;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the design elements in an e-learning environment;
  • select and evaluate research in the field of e-learning to identify pedagogical, cultural and social aspects;
  • synthesise and apply current research on future focused learning;
  • apply selected theories to increase effective practice in e-learning;
  • critically evaluate pedagogical, cultural, and social issues and identify their impact.


Subject to approval of the Head of School



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Niki Davis


Cheryl Brown


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Participation and Bibliography 08 Apr 2019 40%
Mini research project and presentation 03 Jun 2019 60%

Course participants are expected to participate actively in the online learning environment.

Course participants will be required to plan, implement and evaluate a mini research project for a centre, school or other education or training context.

Textbooks / Resources

Due to the rapidly evolving state of the field and the nature of this course, required reading is set as close as possible to the start of the course. Every effort will be made to use texts that are available electronically and links to relevant articles will be available on the EDEM628 UC Learn site. We support equitable Open Education Practices and prioritise open education resources.

Some recommended reading available openly on the web (select to suit your interests):

Brown, C. & Haupt, G. (forthcoming). Using personal mobile devices to increase flexibility and equity in learning in resource constrained contexts. Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning. http://jofdl.nz/index.php/JOFDL

Davis, N. E., Mackey, J. & Dabner, N. (2018). Changes in school culture with the emergence of virtual schooling. K. Kennedy & R. Ferdig (eds.) Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning. 2nd ed. Pittsbury, PA: ETC Press. http://repository.cmu.edu/etcpress/82/

Dobozy, E. & Cameron, L. (eds.) (2018). Special issue on learning designs. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(2). https://ajet.org.au/index.php/AJET/issue/view/129

Harris, L., Davis, N., Cunningham, U., de Vocht, L., Macfarlane, S., Gregory, N., Aukuso, S., Taleni, T.  & Dobson, J. (2018). Exploring the opportunities and challenges of the Digital World for early childhood services with vulnerable children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(11), 2407. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112407

Makoe, M. & Shandu, T. (2018). Developing a mobile app for learning English vocabulary in an Open Distance Learning context. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(4). http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3746/4721

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,847.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

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