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Assessment & Intentional Teaching in ECE

From NZ$95.00
This short course explores the research on effective assessment practices in ECE and how these work together with intentional teaching approaches to promote rich and varied learning opportunities for children.

Options: Start today with our $95 Self-directed version, or join our Premium Support version for $110* starting in August 2022

Group discounts available: Yes
*Early-bird pricing may apply

The aims of this course are to:

  • Understand how effective assessent practices in early childhood education support teachers’ intentional practices and enhance children’s learning
  • Develop skills in using the learning story format of early childhood assessment to examine the processes and principles of assessing and responding to learning in early childhood settings.

The course has a strong focus on understanding the nature of quality in assessment in Early Childhood Education (ECE), and on helping you to engage in high-quality assessment practice that supports you to notice, recognise and respond to children’s learning in intentional and meaningful ways.

There is also a strong practical component to the course, and you will be supported to observe, assess, and intentionally plan for learning within your own setting.

You will find the following elements throughout the course:

  • Videos to watch and readings to introduce key ideas.
  • Questions for reflection, to help you engage as much as possible with the course content. Some of these might be personal, written reflections that you complete on your own, and others will invite you to find a colleague at work with whom to engage in professional discussion, using our reflective questions as a prompt.
  • Activities, such as evaluating and writing learning stories, so you can apply what you are learning about assessment and intentional teaching.

Choose either the Self-directed or Premium Support version of the course. Please see below for details.

Users who take the Self-directed version of this course can get started right away and work through the course in their own time, with no deadline for completion.

Users will not have access to the discussion forums, or be offered a webinar at the start of the course, although there will be an introductory video to watch.

NZ$95.00+GST

Group discounts

A group of teachers from a centre can enrol and enjoy a discount of up to $30 per person on the full course fee. Each teacher can then work their way through the course material in their own time, and on their own device (ideally a laptop or desktop computer). There are no classes to attend at specific times. When participants reach the end of the course, a personalised certificate will be available to download and print from their Profile page.

The following discounts on the NZ$95 price for this course are available to groups of teachers enrolling at one time, in one transaction.

2-4 teachers: $10 off per person ($85 each)
5-9 teachers: $20 per person ($75 each)
10+ teachers: $30 discount per person ($65 each)

The Premium Support version of this course is suitable for teachers who would like to complete the course alongside other teachers and be able to interact with them and the course director. As such, it includes:

  • Two webinars, one on the day the course starts, and one around 10 weeks later, when most people reach the end of the course. Both are hosted by the course director. The first one helps users understand a bit more about what they'll be learning, and how to find their way around the learning platform, and the one at the end enables participants to reflect on and discuss their learning during the course.
  • Online discussion boards for each module of the course, in which participants can share their ideas, experiences, thoughts and reflections with other course participants.

NZ$110.00+GST

Group discounts

A group of teachers from a centre can enrol and enjoy a discount of up to $30/$35 per person on the full course fee. Each teacher can then work their way through the course material in their own time, and on their own device (ideally a laptop or desktop computer). There are no classes to attend at specific times. When participants reach the end of the course, a personalised certificate will be available to download and print from their Profile page.

The following discounts are available for groups of teachers enrolling at one time, in one transaction. The discounts are applied to the full course fee of $110. Early-bird prices are not discounted.

2-4 teachers: $15 off per person ($95 each)
5-9 teachers: $25 per person ($85 each)
10+ teachers: $35 discount per person ($75 each)

If you have any other questions about group enrolments, please refer to our FAQ section or email us.

All payments can be made by credit card using our secure payment gateway, or by bank transfer on invoice. Once the course is under way, users can access the course from the Profile page.

Visual Arts in ECE

From NZ$95.00
This short online course from The Education Hub explores the research on the importance of the visual arts for children’s learning and development as well as presenting case studies of how three ECE centres develop rich, vibrant, and creative visual arts provocations and inquiry opportunities for their children. Hundreds of teachers are taking this course right now. Check back soon for a Self-directed version, or register your interest in joining our May 2022 cohort*.

Next start date: May 2022 – register your interest now
Group discounts available: Yes
*Early-bird pricing may apply

The course will cover the following areas:

  • The benefits of the visual arts for wide-ranging learning outcomes
  • The role of the teacher in the visual arts
  • Working with children of different ages
  • Creating environments in ECE centres for the visual arts
  • Engaging with varied materials
  • Art as inquiry and as a tool in investigations
  • Integrating the visual arts into everyday teaching and learning
  • Using the visual arts to support children’s sense of empowerment
  • Planning, assessing and responding to children’s visual art experiences

The course comprises 8 parts across 5 modules. Each part is estimated to be about one hour’s work, not including additional tasks that you will complete in your early childhood setting. Please work your way through each module in order, using the ‘Mark complete‘ buttons to keep track of your progress.

You will find the following elements throughout the course:

  • Videos to watch and readings to introduce key ideas.
  • Questions for reflection, to help you engage as much as possible with the course content. We encourage you to use these questions as a stimulus for personal written reflections.
  • Activities, which have you planning, implementing and evaluating visual arts experiences for children in your own setting with specific goals in mind.

Choose either the Self-directed or Premium Support version of the course. Please see below for information about these options.

Users who take the Self-directed version of this course can get started right away and work through the course in their own time, with no deadline for completion.

Users will not have access to the discussion forums, or be offered a webinar at the start of the course, although there will be an introductory video to watch.

NZ$95.00+GST

Group discounts

A group of teachers from a centre can enrol and enjoy a discount of up to $30 per person on the full course fee. Each teacher can then work their way through the course material in their own time, and on their own device (ideally a laptop or desktop computer). There are no classes to attend at specific times. When participants reach the end of the course, a personalised certificate will be available to download and print from their Profile page.

The following discounts on the NZ$95 price for this course are available to groups of teachers enrolling at one time, in one transaction.

2-4 teachers: $10 off per person ($85 each)
5-9 teachers: $20 per person ($75 each)
10+ teachers: $30 discount per person ($65 each)

The Premium Support version of this course is suitable for teachers who would like to complete the course alongside other teachers and be able to interact with them and the course director. As such, it includes:

  • Two webinars, one on the day the course starts, and one around 10 weeks later, when most people reach the end of the course. Both are hosted by the course director. The first one helps users understand a bit more about what they'll be learning, and how to find their way around the learning platform, and the one at the end enables participants to reflect on and discuss their learning during the course.
  • Online discussion boards for each module of the course, in which participants can share their ideas, experiences, thoughts and reflections with other course participants.

NZ$110.00+GST

Group discounts

A group of teachers from a centre can enrol and enjoy a discount of up to $30/$35 per person on the full course fee. Each teacher can then work their way through the course material in their own time, and on their own device (ideally a laptop or desktop computer). There are no classes to attend at specific times. When participants reach the end of the course, a personalised certificate will be available to download and print from their Profile page.

The following discounts are available for groups of teachers enrolling at one time, in one transaction. The discounts are applied to the full course fee of $110. Early-bird prices are not discounted.

2-4 teachers: $15 off per person ($95 each)
5-9 teachers: $25 per person ($85 each)
10+ teachers: $35 discount per person ($75 each)

If you have any other questions about group enrolments, please refer to our FAQ section or email us.

All payments can be made by credit card using our secure payment gateway, or by bank transfer on invoice. Once the course is under way, users can access the course from the Profile page.

Infants & Toddlers

From NZ$95.00
This course explores key principles and practices for effective, responsive infant and toddler care and education. It includes units on relationships, caregiving, play and language, and features video interviews with teachers and experts. The course is in development and we will start accepting enrolments in February.

Next start date: March 2022

Group discounts available: Yes

The aims of this course are to:

  • Increase understanding of practices for quality relationships, interactions and caregiving for infants and toddlers
  • Develop knowledge of appropriate pedagogical techniques for observing, learning about and developing relationships with individual children and their families

The course introduces the theory and evidence underpinning key infant and toddler pedagogies, explores the practices and beliefs of teachers at three ECE centres, and encourages participants to put their learning into practice with a series of reflections and practical activities. It contains the following elements:

  • Videos to watch and readings to introduce key ideas.
  • Questions for reflection, to help you engage as much as possible with the course content. Some of these might be personal, written reflections that you complete on your own, and others will invite you to find a colleague at work with whom to engage in professional discussion, using our reflective questions as a prompt.
  • Activities designed explore the various aspects of infant and toddler care and education that the course explores.

What people say about our courses

"I loved how the course was laid out. It was easy to leave and pick up where I had left off. The site was easy to navigate and I liked the videos that backed up the reading."

Course participant

Assessment & Intentional Teaching

"I liked the mix of different aspects that kept things interesting, I enjoyed sharing my new learning with my colleagues and I loved learning new practical aspects of story writing."

Course participant

Assessment & Intentional Teaching

"Thank you for allowing me to be part of this trial. It has renewed my passion for writing meaningful learning stories that are backed up with intentional teaching and show progression of learning and development."

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