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Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning Micro-credential

Gain the perfect combination of emerging pedagogical foundations and innovative approaches to teaching and learning with our self-paced micro-credential for educators.

Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning Micro-credential (15 Credits)
March and July
100% online learning

Outcomes and Pathways

What this course offers and how you will benefit

This innovative self-paced learning experience for educators will develop your knowledge, awareness, and capability to confidently apply digital tools in the classroom. Learn collaborative approaches and develop a growth mindset to teaching and learning to apply in your professional practice.

This Level 8 NZQA accredited (15 credits) micro-credential supports the development of practical skills and knowledge in contemporary education. Throughout the programme you’ll focus on innovative and impactful pedagogies, the positive impact digital tools can have on teaching, new collaborative approaches to learning, and helping learners to develop digital skills and the ability to adapt to changing contexts.

I had a lightbulb moment that’s now made learning work for all my students, even those with shorter attention spans. I’m creating videos with all the (boring!) info to watch before class. Then they come armed with questions. It’s fast tracking our experience and their thinking because they're using digital as their springboard! - Claire Funk, September 2021 intake

Develop an ability to critically reflect on contemporary pedagogies and digital and collaborative learning in educational contexts

Collaborative teaching and learning practices to implement in your educational context

Acquire the skills to integrate contemporary and emergent digital tools into innovative educational practice

Gain a better education practice in the context of cultural and environmental sustainability


Where this could take you

Apply your knowledge in the classroom or continue your education

Follow your passion

Develop and apply digital and collaborative teaching and learning practices in an educational context to support your learners to develop 21st century skills

Continued learning

Master your practice

Take your education to the next level with our Master of Contemporary Education, building on your learning by implementing a practice based change project


How this Micro-credential works

Incorporate contemporary learning into your classroom

Apply and Enrol

If you are ready to enrol, complete the online application form. We will be in touch to and provide all you need to know to get started on your micro-credential journey.

Digital Learning

Dive into a range of ideas and concepts including blended and online learning, contemporary learning environments, new theories of learning, collaboration, agile and lean thinking, digital skills and sustainability.

Application for Innovation

Begin to apply your learning and skills with the design of an educational innovation, and consider the importance of digital responsibility, citizen science, and the potential role of gamification in your practice.

Follow up

Put your innovation into practice or further your knowledge with our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning or Master of Contemporary Education


What you need to know

If we look at this from a purely academic perspective, a micro-credential is worth 15 educational credits which equates to 150 hours of learning. But how much time you need to commit each week will depend on the length of the programme.

The course is organised over 15 weeks consisting of 2 hours per week directed learning via supplied materials and activities on the learning platform and around 8 hours self-directed learning (including further reading, self-sourced materials, doing assessment and applying the learning into practice).

The learning will primarily be self-paced and asynchronously online. For additional support, there are five live online sessions via Zoom on Tuesdays 4-5pm (Week 1, Week 3, Week 6, Week 10 and Week 14). These sessions will be recorded and whilst optional we recommend attendance where possible to get full value from the programme.

For further information, download our 2023 student prospectus.

  • The domestic tuition fee for the Programme is $450 (including GST). Unfortunately, students are not eligible to apply for StudyLink Student Loans for this micro-credential

  • The fee for international students in New Zealand is NZD$1,125 (including GST)

  • The fee for international students outside of New Zealand is NZD$1,087

There are no scholarships or discounts currently available for micro-credentials.

Generally, a 15 credit micro-credential will comprise two summative assessments. Some assessments are individual and others may be group based to encourage collaboration with others. Assessments are about applying your learning to your practice or context - developing small plans, strategies, designing initiatives, and exploring and evaluating key concepts or ideas. All assessments will add demonstrable value to your applied knowledge of the area you're learning in.

In this micro-credential, you will create a digital artifact in which you reflect on your practice in relation to sustainability, contemporary pedagogies and digital and collaborative learning approaches. You will also develop an innovation plan to explain how you can integrate digital and collaborative learning into your practice.

The Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning (DCTL) Micro-credential is relevant for all educators, but particularly school teachers looking to develop the knowledge, awareness, and capability to confidently apply digital tools, collaborative approaches and sustainability to teaching and learning in their professional practice.

This micro-credential is an ideal starting point for those who have identified a need to build knowledge and skills to advance their practice, but are not ready or able to commit to a longer Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning or Master of Contemporary Education. If you decide to pursue either of these qualifications after completing the micro-credential, the credits can be transferred.

To be eligible to study on the Programme, applicants must meet the admission criteria. The high-level entry criteria as approved by NZQA are as follows:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level qualification 

  • OR Equivalent professional experience AND relevant professional experience of working in education. 

For further information, including how to demonstrate equivalent professional experience, download our 2023 Student Prospectus. '

International students studying in New Zealand must also apply for and receive a student visa enabling them to study for the duration of their studies.

Applications close one week before the start date of the intake you are applying for. Applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis after the application close date at the discretion of academyEX. Please contact if applications are closed and you would like to apply.

There are currently two intakes of this micro-credential scheduled for 2024 - March and July.

Our stackable learning means you can take a mix ‘n match approach to building your skills, knowledge and network across programmes, no matter which faculty, so you have a customised toolkit to make change and innovate where it matters most to you.

You can think of micro-credentials as building blocks of learning. Each building block could be credited to larger qualifications (e.g. a Master’s degree) if a specific micro-credential aligns to specific learning outcomes covered in a larger qualification. It’s worth having a chat with us about what you’re seeking to achieve for your upskilling so we can help with selecting the right learning pathways for you.

A micro-credential certifies achievement of a specific and coherent set of skills and/or knowledge. Micro-credentials are created through strong evidence of need by industry, employers, iwi and/or the community. Think of them like a ‘crash course’ on the future – bringing you up to speed on what matters today but also what’s critical for a thriving future. They are designed to be done alongside your busy work and personal life, so you don't have to take time off to study.

Our Micro-credentials give you a recognised NZQA qualification. 

Delivered through a combination of self-directed learning and weekly live online sessions, you’ll practice and apply the knowledge and skills you learn through two practical assessments. Between 7 and 15 weeks, all micro-credentials have a set price and we run regular intakes at set times of the year.

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or if you currently reside in New Zealand and your visa conditions allow study. To find out more about studying with academyEX as an international student, and for programme fees, visit our International Students page.

We are very happy to help you to communicate the benefits of studying with academyEX to your employer. If you would like us to provide you with a letter of support or further information, please just ask.

Yes, almost all academyEX learners work full time while studying part time. This programme has been designed to fit in around full time work or family commitments, with weekly online sessions taking place in the late afternoon/early evening. Assessments are designed to be practical and linked to personal aspirations and projects.

If you are concerned about the workload and how you will balance it, please reach out to us and we can chat about how it could work for you.

Micro-credentials are delivered entirely online. Each micro-credential has regular online facilitated classes and self-directed study, that includes viewing videos, completing quizzes and reading relevant papers.

Absolutely. We’ve had loads of students do the course alongside family members, friends and colleagues. There are also opportunities to work collaboratively on assessments during the programme and work together on a project of interest. Learning is always better together!

In the lead up to the start of each intake, fully enrolled students will receive onboarding emails from the team, as well as access to platforms that will be used during your study. During the first session, whether online or in-person, the team will talk through what you can expect during the programme and answer any questions. 

International students learning onshore with us will also be required to attend a separate orientation session. Details will be provided during the application process.

Next Steps

Okay, so what’s next?

Make an enquiry

We understand the decision to embark on a course requires some consideration. If you have any questions, we’re here to help answer them.

Book a chat

We get it – sometimes it’s nice to chat to a real human!

Book a call at a time that suits you and Shruti will be able to answer your questions, give you more information and, if you’re ready, help you apply.

Apply Now

Create your academyEX account, or sign in if you are returning for more to apply online. We will guide you through the application process and make sure you have all you need to launch yourself into this journey.