EDPROF 702 : The Twenty-first Century Classroom/Centre

Education and Social Work

2023 Semester One (1233) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning in twenty-first century classrooms and centres. Addresses superdiversity that is increasingly characteristic of schools and centres, the impact and use of digital pedagogies, innovative learning environments and formal inquiry-based teaching practices. Draws on world leading research and development work carried out with teachers in authentic learning contexts and considers, in particular, the question of what works best for whom and in what circumstances?

Course Overview

This course aims to establish a community of learning where university lecturers and practitioners examine and reflect on the demands on practice brought about by the ideas often called ‘21st century learning’ or ‘future focused learning’. Through a blended pedagogical approach this course will unpack and explore these ideas in relation to teachers’ practice. The content of this course is relevant to both early childhood and school settings.

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. Critically evaluate the narratives and policies surrounding 21st century learning in New Zealand and internationally (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 4.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 6.2)
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the influences on educational policy in the context of 21stC learning (Capability 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)
  3. Communicate findings in relation to professional practice in written and digital formats (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 5.3)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of digital technologies in the narrative of 21stC learning (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 3.2)
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between 21st century learning and the obligations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Capability 1.1, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of knowledge types and forms and the relationship with the conceptions of knowledge in 21st century learning narratives. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1 and 3.2)
  7. Evaluate current professional practice in light of the knowledge developed about 21st century learning narratives. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 30% Individual Coursework
Assignments 30% Individual Coursework
Assignments 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

To pass this course students must submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the overall course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect six five hours of lectures, 15 hours of reading and thinking about the content and  work on assignments and/or test preparation per week.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at six scheduled Saturday lectures to complete components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings.

The course will include live online events including group discussions.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery of six Saturdays.

Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement.

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.

the SET evaluations will be shared amongst lecturers but no major changes are indicated as required for 2023.

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.

Published on 31/10/2022 01:42 p.m.