EDEM682-16A (C) Any Time Start 2016

Special Topic: Transforming Education in Canterbury

30 points

Start/End Date: The start and end dates are specific to each student. For further information please contact one of the following (as appropriate):
  • For Masters theses please contact the relevant College Office.
  • For Doctoral degrees (PhD) please contact the Postgraduate Office.
  • For other types of anytime start courses (i.e. generally courses worth 60 points or less) please contact the Course Coordinator.
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


This Special Topic is designed to specifically address current interest in learning pedagogies to equip teachers and leaders to design for, and work within, contemporary learning environments. The course will focus on the needs of Christchurch schools and early childhood services as they respond to the Education Renewal Plan for Greater Christchurch.

Course Content
• Exploring educational transformation and the nature of future focussed learning to improve student outcomes.
• Current research and theories of teaching which foster adaptive expertise and collaborative pedagogies
• Engaging with community, whanau and iwi to build and foster collaborative learning communities
• Design thinking as a strategy for innovation in education
• Theoretical and empirical connections made between learning spaces and student learning outcomes;
• Contemporary design of learning spaces
• Planning for learning in a digital environment
• Leading change including theories of change; processes and planning; barriers and enabling factors; teachers as leaders of change

Learning Outcomes

Graduates 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 (at class/centre, department/syndicate/faculty and organisational levels).
3. Critically evaluate current practices in the design and implementation of modern 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 physical (space and environment), 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 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.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Scoping Report 25%
Design Proposal 50%
Learning Community Reflection 25%

Textbooks / Resources

There are no 'Required Texts' for this course.

Recommended Reading's and links will be provided in the Learn site.


Further Timetable information 2016: There will be up to 3 additional sessions - to be advised.

Further course information: Participants may be required to travel to a variety of venues within Christchurch to attend some scheduled sessions. Consideration will be given to keeping these within reasonable travelling distances for the majority of participants. Costs associated with this travel will be at the student’s expense.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,740.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All EDEM682 Occurrences

  • EDEM682-16A (C) Any Time Start 2016
  • EDEM682-16SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2016 start (Distance) - Not Offered
  • EDEM682-16S2 (D) Semester Two 2016 (Distance) - Not Offered
  • EDEM682-16W (C) Whole Year 2016 - Not Offered