EDCURRIC 740 : Accelerate Learning in a Digital World

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester Two (1235) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A critical examination and application of current theory, research and practice involving the acceleration of students’ learning using digital technologies. Students will undertake an independent critical evaluation of the development, implementation and impact of a digital tool they have designed to accelerate students’ learning.

Course Requirements

To complete this course students must enrol in EDCURRIC 740 A and B, or EDCURRIC 740

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory, research and practice on accelerating the learning of students making less than expected progress. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Develop and evaluate a digital teaching method for accelerating learning using the knowledge and skills gained through the course. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 50% Individual Coursework
Reflection 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2

To pass this course you need to complete all assigned tasks (even those not graded), submit all assessments, and achieve at least 50% for the course overall

Workload Expectations

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

A typical semester including the study/exam period totals approximately 15 weeks.  This means that for this course you should expect to commit 9 hours direct contact via three 3-hour on-campus block courses, and 27 hours online (online tutorial, online materials). 

You can also reasonably expect to commit approximately 240-260 hours to independent learning. This may include reading, writing, problem solving, reflecting on learning, accessing learning and study resources, and assignment preparation and completion.

Delivery Mode


Attendance is expected at scheduled online activities including synchronous block course session and tutorials  to complete components of the course.
The course will include live online events including synchronous block course sessions and these will be recorded.

The dates for the synchronous block course sessions are 

1. Saturday 29th July 9-11 am

2. Saturday 12th August 9-11 am

3. Saturday 9th September 9-11 am

Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
This course runs to the University semester/quarter timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

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.

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.

Last year, this course was offered in two delivery modes: Campus Experience or Online. This year's course will only be delivered online as per the enrolment preference of students. 

Other Information

This course is suitable for students with a current teaching-related professional practice setting which they can inquire into

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.