EDPROF 724 - Developing Communities of Learning

Course code
Developing Communities of Learning
Learning, Development and Professional Practice
Delivery modes
Course director

Kaye Twyford

Course description

Critically examines key theoretical concepts and processes related to networked improvement communities, with a specific focus on optimising their development as drivers of change. Emphasis is on integrating theory and practice, especially concepts of equity and collaborative practices as they relate to solving problems of practice within and across educational settings.

Course overview

This online course is flexibly designed for teachers and leaders working in a Kāhui Ako or Community of Learning (CoL) environment and those who aspire to in the future, as well as for policy leaders and others interested in the development of Kāhui Ako. 
You will develop deep conceptual and practical knowledge of important components of collaborative work (including relational trust, evaluative thinking and collaborative expertise) necessary to transform current schooling across the community to better serve the needs of all learners. You will also increase your understanding of equity and equity traps that can limit Kāhui Ako development.
The course draws on internationally recognised researchers in the faculty such as Professors Helen Timperley, Lorna Earl and Viviane Robinson, but also on the work currently being undertaken in Kāhui Ako/CoLs by Associate Professor Anne Hynds, Dr Kaye Twyford and Dr Linda Bendikson.

This course is a hybrid course, which means that the course is taught simultaneously in two modes of delivery. The first mode of delivery is a blended course: you will have some compulsory in-class sessions on the Epsom campus and complete the rest of the course online. The second mode of delivery is a fully online course: you will join the compulsory on-campus sessions remotely using a video-conference function, and complete the rest of the course online. When you enrol you will be able to select your choice of delivery mode.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, it is intended that students will be able to: Understand the potential of working collaboratively to solve problems of practice. Understand aspects of school culture that support working collaboratively- relational trust, uncertainty, perceptions of risk and vulnerability. Strengthen evaluative thinking for innovation and transformation. Increase understanding of equity and identification of equity traps that can limit Kāhui Ako development.​

    Currently scheduled classes

    2021 Online (Semester 2)
    2022 Online (Semester 1): Online course
    2022 Auckland Online (Semester 2)

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