Online Microcredential in Teaching

Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning

Learn how to integrate innovative technology into a blended learning environment to engage students and transform your teaching.

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Integrate effective contemporary and digital practices into your teaching

This Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning (DCTL) microcredential from The Mind Lab will build your knowledge of contemporary education practices and will allow you to evaluate personal teaching environments and integrate relevant technologies and methodologies into classrooms through applied practice.

With the demands of an increasingly digitised world, there is a growing awareness among educators that teaching and learning need to evolve to better prepare teachers and students for this changing world.

Build digital skills and collaborative approaches for a blended learning environment

In 2018, UNESCO pointed out that it is essential that teachers have the competencies to integrate digital technologies effectively in the curriculum to help learners develop the skills required for the 21st century, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to collaborate.

On this microcredential, you’ll learn how to integrate contemporary and emergent digital tools into innovative educational practice, with a focus on blended classroom practice, where face to face learning contexts are essential to the pedagogy, working in tandem with online learning. With that in mind, you’ll build your understanding of digital and collaborative learning in educational contexts while reflecting on contemporary pedagogies.

Develop your approach to learning with agile, innovative methodology and critical thinking

As the digital landscape evolves, it’s important to bring your lessons into the 21st century and provide a really innovative and exciting learning experience for your students.

On this microcredential, you’ll be empowered to do just that, without needing any special equipment or technology that you wouldn’t find in the average classroom. To improve how you manage, design, and plan your teaching approach, you’ll learn practical skills such as agile project management and how to innovate in your classroom.

Explore how and why you should integrate games, gamification and coding into learning

With modern technology allowing new forms and mediums for education, students require different teaching approaches in order to engage them in the classroom, both in a virtual and physical environment.

This microcredential will provide you with a whole range of tools and approaches that you can use in your lessons to engage students and embed technology and collaboration into your classroom. You’ll explore the importance of gamification and integrating games into your teaching methods, as well as using animation and coding to facilitate creative, cross-curricular approaches to digital learning.

Learn from the experts at The Mind Lab

The Mind Lab is an award-winning, NZQA-registered education provider. They use a kaupapa Māori approach to ensure that students, facilitators, practitioners, and researchers have the community and their colleagues at the heart of their professional practice, study, and research. Positive relationships between people and places are at the centre of their philosophy and values for teaching and learning.

As an institution, they use organisational kaupapa Māori values to drive their practice:

  • Manaaki: that learners are interconnected with The Mind Lab teaching and learning community during their study
  • Rangatiratanga: Leadership, accountability, agency, and authority
  • Ako: reciprocal teaching and learning
  • Pono: truth, honesty, integrity, and transparency

Since 2014, The Mind Lab has equipped over 5,000 NZ educators (across 1,330 schools) with the knowledge and skills to address the needs of contemporary learning environments.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is a combination of online learning and physical, face-to-face learning. This split doesn’t have to be 50/50, it can be divided in whatever way best suits the learning experience.

How is this microcredential assessed?

There are two competency-based summative assessments, one at week seven and another at week fifteen. These assessments will utilise your digital skills and will help you to reflect on your learning and how you will integrate your new knowledge and skills into your teaching.

When will I receive my grade?

There will be a two-week turnaround for grading. You will receive a notification email when your grades are updated and a certificate of credit achievement will be provided to you digitally within 4-6 weeks.

Is this microcredential accredited?

Yes, this microcredential is endorsed and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and aligns to level 8 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework

Industry statistics

  • Average salary in Canada

    CA$60,943 (PayScale)
  • Average salary in Australia

    AU$103,000 (SEEK)
Source: Reed

What skills will you learn?

  • Online teaching
  • Collaborative teaching
  • Digital learning design
  • Collaborative learning design
  • Blended learning design
  • Educational technology

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Critically reflect on contemporary pedagogies and digital and collaborative learning in educational contexts.
  • Integrate contemporary and emergent digital tools into innovative educational practice.
  • Develop and apply collaborative teaching and learning practices in an educational context.
  • Develop education practice in the context of cultural and environmental sustainability.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To enrol in this microcredential, you need to have relevant professional experience working in education, and - A Bachelors degree (NZQF Level 7) or equivalent OR - at least 2 years relevant professional experience.

If your qualifications were not completed in English, and English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (or an equivalent).

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential is designed to support all educators, across different settings, who have current or recent education-related experience. This includes teachers, trainers, librarians, museum staff, learning technologists, and higher education faculty, among others.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    Before starting this microcredential, you will have the opportunity to complete the free short course, Teaching Digital Skills for Sustainable Education.

  • Course

    From 10 Oct 2022

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    15 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Education 4.0 and Contemporary Skill Sets
      • Course Overview
      • Key Skills for Education 4.0
      • Notes on Your Assessments
      • Using Screen Recording Technology in Teaching
    • Week 2

      New Theories of Learning
      • Learning theories
      • Using Podcasts in Learning and Teaching
    • Week 3

      Blended and Online Learning
      • Blended learning and online learning
      • Tools for blending
      • Flipping the Classroom
      • The power of using videos
    • Week 4

      • Collaborative learning
      • Teacher collaboration
      • Using blogs for teaching and learning
    • Week 5

      Learning Environments
      • Contemporary Learning Environments
      • Academic Poster
    • Week 6

      Cultural and Environmental Sustainability
      • Culturally sustaining pedagogy
      • Environmental sustainability and climate change
      • Sustainable learning and education
      • Reflection on sustainability
    • Week 7

      Digital Responsibility and Citizenship
      • Digital responsibility
      • Digital ethics
      • Reflection on digital responsibility and citizenship
      • Assessment
    • Week 8

      Debating Innovation
      • Questions around innovation in education
      • Online debating with Kialo-Edu
      • Notes on your second assessment
    • Week 9

      Planning a Digital and Collaborative Educational Innovation
      • Planning an educational innovation
      • Bringing other people on board with your innovation
    • Week 10

      Agile and Lean Thinking
      • Applying agile concepts in education
      • Lean thinking in education
      • Notes on your second assessment
    • Week 11

      Digital Skills
      • Digital curricula and digital competencies
      • Using stop motion animation for cross-curricular learning
      • Notes on your second assessment
    • Week 12

      Computational Thinking and Coding
      • Computational Thinking
      • Coding
      • Notes on your second assessment
    • Week 13

      Games and Gamification
      • Games and gamification
      • Playing games
      • Making games
      • Notes on your second assessment
    • Week 14

      Sustainability and Citizen Science in Learning
      • Citizen science in learning
      • Sustainability and citizen science
      • Notes on your second assessment
    • Week 15

      Learning Networks
      • Learning Networks
      • Assessment 2
  • After learning

    Once you have completed this microcredential, you’ll receive 15 credits at postgraduate level. You can then further your study with The Mind Lab Postgraduate Certificate programme, which is worth 60 credits at postgraduate level. You’ll also receive access to the Google site of learning tools.

What you will receive

15 Credits at Postgraduate level from The Mind Lab (authorised under NZQA)

This course confers credit equivalent to a single unit of postgraduate study which is transferable under New Zealand Qualifications Authority Standards. More information can be found here

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Digital Certificate and Badge from The Mind Lab (accredited under NZQA)

Upon succesful completion of this microcredential The Mind Lab will issue you your digital badge alongside FutureLearn’s Statement of Completion.

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What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by The Mind Lab

The Mind Lab is a private graduate school based in Auckland, New Zealand providing innovative postgraduate programmes that build relevant skills and capabilities for the constantly changing world.

  • Established

  • Location

    Auckland, New Zealand

Delivered by experts

Dr. David Parsons is National Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab, helping teachers to develop their professional practice in digital and collaborative learning.

Darcy is a Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab. She has experience in designing, developing and delivering blended learning courses. Her research interest is digital learning and sentiment analysis.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • 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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    You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

    Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

    There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

    No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

    You can use credit from this microcredential toward the Mind Lab Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Learning or similar qualification at many other postgraduate institutions including UK’s Open University.

    15 NZ credits are equivalent to 10 UK credits, 3 US credits and 5 European credits

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