EDEM682-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

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

30 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

This occurrence is not offered


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.

This year the course is led by Associate Professor Cheryl Brown in collaboration with UC E-learning Lab, is based on current issues and trends identified locally and globally by Core Ed and Educause.  The course engages students with experts from South Africa, USA, New Zealand and Egypt on topics such as Virtual learning, Global citizenship, Privacy and security of student data, New Generation Digital Learning Environments.

An innovative blend of on-campus and online modes increases flexibility for local and distance students, who are welcome to encourage colleagues in their organisation to join them hear the experts too. Past students highlighted the “variation in topics and speakers that included a global perspective” and said they benefited from “listening to the guest speakers speak about their work, the challenges that they have faced and the solutions that they have implemented”.

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.


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%

Assessment based around students’ interests enables each person to select relevant current issues and explore implications for their own contexts through a position paper and presentation. The course also expands your digital footprints as scholars and draws on social media networks to curate and share resources. This authentic approach was described by a 2017 student as the course with “the most learner-centred and closely aligned with adult learning principles. I really enjoyed and learnt a lot from the learner-to-learner interaction.”


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 Learning

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 - Not Offered
  • EDEM682-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance) - Not Offered