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Learning During and After COVID-19: Developing Online Education Programmes

Adapt your education programmes in settings beyond the classroom and learn how to develop virtual experiences to support learners.

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Discover the tools and techniques to design and deliver online learning

The changing global environment in recent years has required educators to adapt to a more online and virtual learning landscape.

On this four-week course, you’ll explore approaches to online learning and the digital tools you can use to adapt your programmes. You’ll also consider the implications of copyright and intellectual property when designing online programmes.

Design engaging virtual learning experiences and resources

For educators used to teaching students in physical environments, the online learning space can be a daunting prospect.

This course will guide you through the key differences between online and in-person teaching, providing you with useful strategies for building virtual learning experiences.

You’ll also learn techniques for building excitement and making connections with your students, but you’ll as well as tips and tools for pacing, student interactions, and the overall structure of your online programme.

Explore the digital tools to plan and deliver your online education programmes

Whether it’s live or pre-recorded, there are a number of tools available to create a virtual learning experience, each with their own pros and cons.

From the equipment you need for live-presenting to the platforms you can use for hosting, you’ll delve into each aspect of the programme development and delivery process, helping you to decide which options are best for your programme each step of the way.

Learn from the experts helping the education sector adapt to online learning

Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga is the association of educators beyond the classroom in Aotearoa New Zealand. In conjunction with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga project team deliver professional learning and support to the sector across the country.


  • Week 1

    Ngā mihi nui kia koutou - Welcome

    • Haere mai ki tēnei akomanga

      Welcome to this short course about adapting learning programmes at culture and heritage institutions during and after COVID-19.

    • Virtual Learning Experiences

      Online Programmes come in different shapes and forms. We begin by exploring different types of Virtual Learning Experiences.

    • Pedagogies to engage learners online

      How can we engage learners with online learning?

    • Wrap up and connect

      This is the end of the learning for this week, time to reflect and to look ahead on what we will cover next.

  • Week 2

    Live-presenting Virtual Learning Experiences

    • Haere mai ki te wiki tuarua

      Welcome to Week 2!

    • Copyright

      What is Copyright, and how does this matter when you create Virtual Learning Experiences? Find out more in this activity.

    • Getting technical with Virtual Learning Experiences

      The following steps are full of tips and tricks to create live-presented Virtual Learning Experiences that are engaging and fun.

    • Consider your own Virtual Learning Experience

      Now it's your turn to get started and consider a Virtual Learning Experience for your context.

    • Wrap up and connect

      Week 2 is almost over, so it's time to reflect on what you have learnt and to look ahead at what comes next.

  • Week 3

    Creating Online Resources

    • Haere mai ki te wiki tuatoru

      In Week 3 we shift to another type of online programme: Online Resources can support learning for multiple audiences.

    • Effective Online Resources to support learning

      Design online resources to support various groups of learners.

    • Designing Online Resources

      A closer look at tools and other considerations as you get ready to design Online Resources.

    • Consider your own Online Resource

      Now it's your turn to get started and consider an Online Resource for your context.

    • Wrap up and connect

      Now it is time to reflect on what you have learnt this week and to look ahead at next week, our final week for this course.

  • Week 4

    Putting it all together

    • Haere mai ki te wiki whakamutunga

      In this final week of the course, we will weave all the learning together.

    • Promoting your programmes

      How do you your audiences know about your programmes?

    • Your new online programme

      You have heard about Virtual Learning Experiences VLEs and Online Resources, and you have thought about their suitability in your context. Now it's your turn to design one of these as an online programme for your setting.

    • Course summary

      You have completed the course - congratulations! Let's take a moment to sum up the experience and look at where to from here.

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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 pedagogies and digital tools to help you design and facilitate effective Virtual Experiences and Online Resources
  • Explain different options of adapting programmes, e.g., in response to COVID restrictions
  • Investigate ways to promote your programmes to your audiences

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for educators in Aotearoa New Zealand, working in settings beyond the classroom. It might also be of interest to educators from other countries in similar settings.

It is recommended that you have at least one year experience as an educator outside of regular classroom settings to make the most out of the insights in this course.

What software or tools do you need?

For this course, you will need access to a laptop or desktop and a digital camera, such as a smartphone.

Who will you learn with?

Learning Specialist Sector Capability for Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga, The Association of Educators Beyond the Classroom in Aotearoa, based at Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand.

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

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.

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    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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