Living Curriculum

Unitec is about creating an open and supportive learning environment for all our learners: students, staff and our communities.

All of our Unitec programmes are structured around an approach that we call Living Curriculum. The Living Curriculum is more than course content or a syllabus - it is an holistic programme learning experience. It is about an active, dynamic process of learning that is jointly owned by learners and teachers, which gives life to the notion of ‘ako’ (reciprocal relationship between learning and teaching).

The Living Curriculum has 11 characteristics which are present in every programme. These are:

1 - involves complex conversations – teachers, learners and other relevant industry or community partners engage in conversations that challenge ideas and provoke new thinking

2- is curiosity/inquiry led, and stimulating – the learner’s interest and curiosity is stimulated and inquiry forms the basis of the learning experience

3 - integrates learning with work – knowledge and practice from the workplace are an implicit part of the learning experience which can occur in any context

4 - is socially constructed – self-sufficiency and collaboration are equally valued, and together they help nurture resourcefulness and resilience

5 - embeds mātauranga Māori – Māori concepts and perspectives are woven into the holistic learning experience

6 - blends face-to-face and web-based learning – each process offers valuable contributions to the learning process

7 - is research-informed and encourages research engagement where appropriate – there is a reciprocal relationship between research and learning

8 - has a discipline base, and is also interdisciplinary – contemporary workplaces require the ability to work within and across disciplinary boundaries

9 - develops literacies for life-long learning – which can include digital, information, academic and workplace literacies

10 - includes embedded assessment – assessment is authentic and both informs and contributes to the learning process. Learners benefit from timely feedback

11 - considers issues of sustainability – which includes environmental, social, economic and relevant other sustainability issues

Please click to see the pdf file of our Learning and Teaching Booklet.

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Exemplars & Case studies

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Mobile Learning
  • Online Learning
  • . . and many more

Publications & Videos