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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.

Postgraduate Certificate in Digital & Collaborative Learning (60 Credits)
January and July
Blended; online learning and in-person sessions


What this course offers and how you will benefit

This flexible Level 8 NZQA accredited (60 Credits) postgraduate certificate is designed to enable teachers of Aotearoa to confidently implement the Digital Technologies learning areas |  tupuranga Hangarau Matihiko of the New Zealand curriculum in your 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.

If we want to change student outcomes, we have to change what teachers are doing in the classroom. - Billy Merchant, Deputy Principal, Pakuranga College, Auckland

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

Explore a more student-centred and collaborative approach to learning

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

Opportunities to innovate and lead in your professional practice


Digital and Collaborative Learning

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A key part of the teaching and learning philosophy at academyEX is engagement with the profession and delivering the most-up to date material. Specific sessions are subject to change, but the following topics are taught across the two parts of this Postgraduate Certificate. 

  • Being a research informed practitioner

  • Online and blended learning

  • Culturally intelligent innovations in the classroom

  • Collaborative learning

  • Digital technologies in the curriculum

  • Leadership and followership

  • Māori and Pacific leadership

  • Games and gamification

  • Design and systems thinking

  • Agile, lean and servant leadership

  • Ethical research, data and evidence

  • Learning environments and networks

  • Online citizen science

  • Sustainability in teaching and 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

Continued learning

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


How this programme 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 journey to enhance your teaching practice

Phase 1: DCLC8001

Digital and Collaborative Transformation in Learning and Leadership Evaluate the role of digital technologies and collaboration in changing educational environments and reflect on your professional practice to identify opportunities for innovation.

Phase 2: DCLC8002

Leading Research Informed Innovation in Practice Develop evidence based, culturally intelligent approaches to lead the implementation of digital and collaborative learning initiatives in your practice.

Follow up

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

What you need to know


This programme is delivered part time, over 32 weeks (or full-time as part of the Master of Contemporary Education in 20 weeks). 

As part of this certificate, you will be required to dedicate the following time:

  • 1 x 90 minute live, facilitated online session each week (there are two times to choose from) + additional preparation and collaboration work outside of this (roughly 6-8 hours per week).

  • Weekly applied, hands-on learning in your classroom, integrating new ideas, tools and concepts and reflecting on your practice.

  • 2 x sets of block days in week 7 and week 19, delivered face-to-face or online.

Note: The learning outcomes are the same whether you attend online or face-to-face, however those who choose to join us face-to-face will have the chance to connect in person with others on the programme, and academyEX team.

There are two intakes of this postgraduate certificate per year, starting in January and July in 2024.

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:

  • have a bachelor’s degree (or level 7 Graduate Diploma) in education or similar discipline; OR

  • provide documentary evidence of outcomes in an education work environment to demonstrate an ability to perform in the Programme and commit to achieving its outcomes. 

Evidence of English Language proficiency is also required for International Students.

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

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.

  • The domestic tuition fee for the Programme is $3,400 (including GST). 

  • The fee for international students studying in New Zealand is NZD$16,599 (including GST)

  • The fee for international students studying outside of New Zealand is NZD$10,825

academyEX offers a range of scholarships to support people to study and help to minimise barriers to learning. Unfortunately there are no scholarships specifically for the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning qualification.

If you are studying the Postgraduate Certificate Courses as part of your Master of Contemporary Education, you can apply for an academyEX scholarship for the Masters.

Early Bird Discount: There is an Early Bird discount of 10% off the course fees for domestic students who apply 4 weeks before the start date of an intake, and 8 weeks before the start of an intake for international students. The discount will be applied to your invoice automatically through the enrolment process. 

Please note: Early Bird Discount and Scholarships cannot both be applied. If you receive a scholarship, the remaining amount payable will not be discounted with the early bird rate.

Find out more, including scholarship terms and conditions, by visiting our Scholarships page.

Yes, domestic students studying in New Zealand can apply for a StudyLink Student Loan for this programme. 

Check this StudyLink page for more details on how to apply.

The Digital and Collaborative Learning Postgraduate Certification is an innovative Programme designed for teachers and educators at all levels to be equipped to bring contemporary skills and tools into the classroom.

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. An online orientation session is held at the beginning of each intake, and all students are expected to attend in person at academyEX HQ in Auckland. International students learning onshore with us will also be required to attend a separate orientation session. Details will be provided during the application process.

This programme is available to study as an international student either via online distance learning or in-person in New Zealand with an appopriate visa. 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.

Studying full time is a significant commitment (35 - 40 hours per week) and we do not recommend working full time whilst studying full time. Please contact us if you have specific circumstances that you would like to discuss.

Digital and Collaborative Teaching and Learning micro-credential And if you want to take your learning to another level – consider a Masters degree. Our contemporary, practical Master of Contemporary Education will equip you with the skills and pedagogy you need to enact change in your education environment. Part time and full time options available.

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 Lisa 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.