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New Zealand is fast becoming a knowledge society, and under the New Zealand Curriculum, students are encouraged to become "competent thinkers and problem solvers, [who] actively seek, use, and create knowledge". Our future-oriented education system reflects these changes. This paper is designed for teachers and educators who are interested in supporting young people to develop their capacities in creating knowledge in a future-oriented society. This paper will appeal to future-oriented teachers or educators and will examine theories and practices related to computer-supported collaborative learning and knowledge-building pedagogies. Knowledge Forum will be used in this paper to provide hands-on experience in creating knowledge building environments. No technical computing knowledge is required to take this paper.

Paper title Special Topic
Paper code EDUC432
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.

You should be a teacher or have some background in education.

Teaching staff

To be confirmed.

Paper Structure
The paper is arranged around several discussion conferences, each looking at a separate topic related to the knowledge-building communities (KBC) model. Conferences normally run for two weeks and involve a combination of readings and online asynchronous discussions.
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Critically review theories and practices of computer-supported collaborative learning and knowledge-building pedagogies
  • Critically review the relationship between digital technologies and informal learning
  • Develop strategies to facilitate knowledge building in educational settings
  • Develop expertise in using the networking software Knowledge Forum

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system