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Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning

Gain practical skills with this collaborative, practical online postgraduate programme to utilise digital technologies, collaboration, contemporary pedagogy and new approaches to the leadership of learning in your classroom.


Available to all registered New Zealand teachers. Enquire today to learn more.

Complete in 20-32 weeks

2025 Applications Opening Soon

Intakes starting March and August 2025

Blended: online learning and in-person sessions

NZQA accredited, level 8 (60 Credits)

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Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

Theoretical and practical knowledge

Understand new theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning, supported by research and applied practice.

Collaborative learning

Explore a more student-centred and collaborative approach to learning where learners actively engage with peers and educators to co-create knowledge and enrich their educational experience.

Contemporary education practices

Gain knowledge of contemporary education practices and learn how to integrate relevant technologies and techniques into your classroom.

Innovation and leadership

Identify opportunities to innovate and lead in your professional practice to support change within education.

This flexible Level 8 NZQA accredited (60 Credits) postgraduate certificate is designed to enable teachers of Aotearoa to confidently integrate digital technologies and more collaborative approaches to teaching and learning into their own learning contexts.

This future-focused qualification enables you to drive impact and lead change in your classroom. Drawing from research and contemporary teaching practice, and combining this with new educational philosophies and practices, you’ll gain hands-on, applied learning during this highly practical postgraduate certificate.

Domestic student feeFree
International student feeFree

Complete in 20-32 weeks

2025 Applications Opening Soon

Intakes starting March and August 2025

Blended: online learning and in-person sessions

NZQA accredited, level 8 (60 Credits)

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If we want to change student outcomes, we have to change what teachers are doing in the classroom.

Billy Merchant, Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning


Where this could take you

Apply your digital knowledge in a collaborative way in the classroom or continue your education

Future outcome

Develop and apply digital and collaborative teaching and learning practices in your educational context and enable your learners to build 21st century skills.

Boost your career

Develop confidence as a leader and apply your learning and skills to lead education initiatives integrating digital and collaborative pedagogies in your school or community

Continue your impact

Take your education to the next level with our Master of Contemporary Education

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Here’s what our students say

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Coming to AcademyEX is like finding a tribe of people who help you find your purpose and your why, and then help you get there really, really fast.

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Janet Student Story

Feeling stuck in a cycle, I knew I needed a change to re-energize myself. Seeing a colleague's transformation after completing the Master's of Technological Futures course at Tech Futures lab intrigued me. The support I received was exceptional, and though the modules were challenging, they brought out the best in me and boosted my confidence. Breaking free from old patterns, I became an active voice and practitioner, making my work much more fulfilling.

Ashley Student Story

The Mind Lab played a significant role in my journey, as it allowed me to expand my skill set in the change space and incorporate mataranga Māori into my work. Their commitment to exploring and implementing indigenous paradigms truly appealed to me.


I was drawn to MBA programs but felt they didn't align with my goals. Then, I discovered Tech Futures Lab, and it felt like the perfect fit. The Master of Technological Futures course provided real-world experiences, and to my surprise, I possessed the academic skills needed to succeed, thanks to my training in the New Zealand Defense Force.

Natalie Allumni

The hands-on experience and practical approach of the courses were refreshing, making learning directly applicable to everyday life. Now, as a food tech teacher at Kelston Intermediate, I use these lessons to empower my students and enhance their learning experience. academyEX's Mind Lab has transformed my life, and I'm excited to inspire and guide the next generation to unlock their full potential.

Never doubt yourself because with the village around you and the right support, you can achieve anything. Working with the team and The Mind Lab was a collaborative and enriching experience that further amplified the impact of the project. academyEX provides the perfect environment to unleash your potential and make a real difference!

academyEX changed everything for me. I was a boy who failed in the New Zealand education system in the 70's. The powerful tools I gained from the classroom have been invaluable. My favorite part of the learning experience was collaborating with a team of six people, learning together, and supporting each other along the way. It was truly empowering to help others on their journey.

academyEX is the best academic organisation I have ever been involved with after engaging with tertiary education opportunities in the UK & NZ in 43 years, so kudos to your team for the great mahi to produce such great courses run by such great people.

As the first in my generation to graduate, academyEX helped me overcome systemic challenges and become a testimony of what's possible. Embracing our differences, this community welcomed us with open arms. It's a place where crazy ideas are encouraged and experimentation is celebrated.

The support from the team is unparalleled! Don't hesitate to take that first step with academyEX because you'll never be left to flounder on your own.

I've learned so much from academyEX! It has given me the fuel to share my learnings with the young women I work with. My project focused on digital learning and building online communities, and it was incredible to apply the insights from working with thousands of young women at GirlBoss New Zealand. Education is a powerful tool that boosts your capabilities to contribute to the community. academyEX has built my confidence in the work I do, and I encourage everyone out there to do the same.

academyEX provided the platform and support to pursue my mission with passion and purpose. My project at academyEX was particularly challenging, but it was also deeply meaningful to me.

Course outline

How this programme works

Incorporate contemporary learning into your classroom


Part 1: Transformation and Leadership: In this course you will evaluate the role of digital technologies and collaboration in changing educational environments and reflect on your professional practice to identify opportunities for innovation.


Part 2: Research and Innovation. In this course you will develop evidence based, culturally intelligent approaches to lead the implementation of digital and collaborative learning initiatives in your practice.


Put your innovation into practice or further your knowledge with our Master of Contemporary Education.

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