EDCURRIC 720 : Teaching with Digital Pedagogies

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A critical examination of research and practice in using digital technologies to transform classroom pedagogy and enhance students' learning experiences. Building on prior knowledge and using the knowledge and skills developed in the course, students will identify a research focus of their choosing to test concepts of usage, and critically evaluate new instructional designs for using digital technologies in classrooms.

Course Overview

In this course, you will explore the use of digital tools in innovative ways, which change the nature of the relationship between teachers and learners, and learners with each other. This course is an opportunity to: explore different digital tools; be curious and creative by trying something you have not been able to do so far; and ponder some of the big questions that relate to teaching in increasingly digital environments.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critique relevant literature in a manner that enables digital educational issues to be fully debated. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  2. Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of the theory, research and practice of digital learning and teaching. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  3. Apply this critical understanding in order to apply to, evaluate and further develop their teaching practice. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignment 1 25% Individual Coursework
Assignment 2 65% Individual Coursework
Assignment 3 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3
  • Students must submit Assignments 1, 2 & 3 to achieve an overall pass on this course.
  • An overall mark of 50% or greater must be achieved in order to pass this course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 10.5 hours of hybrid, synchronous lecture/workshop time and 25.5 hours in online, asynchronous engagement. In addition, you can expect to spend, on average, approximately 16 hours per week reading, thinking about the content and working on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at three scheduled workshops to complete components of the course. These will be live synchronous 'hybrid' workshops comprising face-to-face and online students at the same time in our specialised classroom space. All other learning activities will be available online through Canvas.


Online attendance via Zoom is required at three scheduled workshops to complete components of the course. These will be live synchronous 'hybrid' workshops comprising online and face-to-face students at the same time. All other learning activities will be available online through Canvas.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

In addition to the majority of the course material being delivered through Canvas, all assignments need to be submitted through Canvas also. It is therefore necessary that you have access to a digital device.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Two course-level changes were recommended and have been actioned for 2023:
  1. The description of Assignment 2A & 2C has been separated for clarity
  2. An optional Zoom session will be provided towards the end of the course for Assignment 2C support.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.