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Connecting Across the Culture and Heritage Sector in Aotearoa New Zealand

Learn how to connect and collaborate in the cultural sector and expand your networks using a host of digital media tools.

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Connecting Across the Culture and Heritage Sector in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • 2 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Develop your professional learning network

On this two-week course, you’ll develop your knowledge of networking practices in the context of culture and heritage organisations.

Focusing on the cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, you’ll discover how to collaborate and interact with educators nationally and around the world, sharing practice and deepening your understanding of education beyond the classroom.

Learn what it means to be a connected practitioner

A connected practitioner actively engages and looks for growth and development opportunities, learning from and sharing knowledge with other professionals.

You’ll explore the importance of connected practice, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify the opportunities that broadening your network can establish.

Build connections using digital media tools

From Twitter, to LinkedIn, you’ll examine how social media platforms can promote you and your organisation, and develop meaningful spaces to share knowledge and expertise.

You’ll also delve into broadcasting tools such as webinars and podcasts, discovering how to find quality resources, as well as gaining tips for hosting your own broadcasts.

Collaborating with fellow learners, you’ll build an invaluable resource guide, shedding light on innovative media tools being used around the world.

Further your professional outreach as a digital citizen

Good digital citizens advocate safe and ethical practice whilst online.

You’ll be introduced to a range of tools available to help develop your professional presence online, whether hosting or participating in online networking opportunities.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to explain what a connected practitioner is, and identify a variety of ways in which you can develop digital connections in the culture and heritage sector.


  • Week 1

    Connected Practitioner

    • Haere mai ki tēnei akomanga

      Welcome to the course!

    • Connected Practitioner

      What does it mean to be a connected practitioner?

    • Wrap up and connect

      Let's reflect!

  • Week 2

    Digital Citizen

    • Haere mai ki te wiki tuarua!

      Welcome to Week 2!

    • Digital Citizen

      This section is all about being a Digital Citizen.

    • Wrap up and connect

      Let's reflect!

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the value of being a connected practitioner
  • Investigate what it means to be a Digital Citizen
  • Develop your professional learning network by exploring selected digital media tools

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators in Aotearoa New Zealand who work in cultural and heritage organisations.

It may also benefit educators in other countries who work in similar settings and want to further their knowledge of professional learning networks.

Who will you learn with?

She/Her. Learning Specialist Sector Capability for Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga, Association of Educators beyond the Classroom.

Tara is Principal Advisor Learning at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and is responsible for enabling innovative learning experiences for learners of all ages.

Who developed the course?

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa’s vision for the future is to change hearts, minds, and lives.

Our role is to be a forum for the nation to present, explore, and preserve the heritage of its cultures and knowledge of the natural environment. Te Papa was established with this role by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Act 1992.

  • Established

  • Location

    Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand)

Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga (TPTMT)

Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga Association of Educators Beyond the Classroom is the professional Association of educators working in the cultural and heritage space in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Association, formerly known as the Museums Education Association of New Zealand (MEANZ), was refreshed in 2018 to encompass all educators working in the cultural and heritage space as well as reflecting that we are all kaitiaki of the taonga in our respective institutions.

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  • Discuss your learning in comments
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$349.99 for one year

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  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

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  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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