Melbourne MicroCert

Learning in Innovative Spaces

Learn to align innovative learning spaces to students’ learning and outcomes.

Study mode
4 weeks (42 hours)
Skills area
Leading Change in Learning Environments

Upcoming sessions

Monday 19 July 2021


Both the design of physical learning spaces and the teaching and learning practices used within them are shown to have a profound effect on how students learn.

This Melbourne MicroCert provides you with the knowledge and skills to align teaching and learning strategies for innovative spaces to the learning needs of a 21st century student.

Drawing on local and global perspectives, and a range of policy initiatives that argue for student-centred learning, you will learn how both pedagogical and design affordances of innovative learning spaces can maximise student learning and outcomes.

The course is led by experts from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP) and is part of the Leading Change in Learning Environments series, which focuses on equipping educators to make use of the pedagogical and design affordances of innovative spaces to the influence the learning and outcomes of students.

Who is it for?

This MicroCert is for educators in the K-12 school sector and practitioners (including architects, educational consultants and administrators) who have access to an educational setting wanting to upskill to lead change in schools. It is ideal for those applying for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers certification, as it provides evidence of achievement against the relevant Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards.

Key topics

In this Melbourne MicroCert you will explore a range of topics to help you align innovative learning spaces to students’ learning and outcomes, including:

  • Policy initiatives that support student-centred approaches to learning
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of approaches to student learning
  • Opportunities and challenges of learning in innovative learning environments
  • Leading others to improve student learning in innovative learning environments.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of different approaches to student learning
  • Demonstrate leadership in the development of teaching and learning practices that improve student learning in innovative learning environments.

Learning experience

This MicroCert is an initiative of the Learning Environment Applied Research Network (LEaRN), a multidisciplinary community of scholars investigating the impact of learning spaces in different contexts.

In our innovative online environment, you will learn alongside other educational and industry professionals and undertake guided learning, involving contributions from industry and those in the teaching profession. This includes video, workshops and interactive peer activities. You will also undertake independent study, including reflective exercises and reading. Fully online delivery offers a convenient way to develop your skillset, from a location that suits you.

Who will you learn from?

Dr Marian Mahat is a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on improving student learning and outcomes in various educational contexts. She has researched and written extensively on the impact of school learning environments on student learning.

Dr Wesley Imms is an Associate Professor in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Head of Visual Art and Design Education, and Co-Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network. He is the lead Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council Linkage Projects aimed at improving the design and use of learning environments.


This MicroCert is taught over four weeks. The total time commitment is 42 hours, consisting of approximately six hours guided learning, 26 hours self-guided study, and 10 hours for assessment tasks.

Assessment includes:

  • Discussion board commentary reflecting on how innovative learning environments contribute to students who will be ready, skilled and able to live and contribute into the future (30%)
  • Designing a model learning environment that enhances student learning, demonstrating leadership skills through the selection and organisation of content and delivery of learning and teaching practices in innovative learning spaces (70%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Learning in Innovative Spaces Melbourne MicroCert. This digital certificate will warrant the achievement of knowledge, skills and capabilities outlined in the learning outcomes. It may also include artefacts (such as videos and written material) related to both experiential and work-integrated learning, including translatable assessment that is practical to your professional life.

Links to industry

This Melbourne MicroCert has been developed in consultation with the education and architecture and design sectors. It is informed by research and key findings from LEaRN’s Innovative Learning Environment and Teacher Change (ILETC) project. The ILETC project is an Australian Research Council Linkage project involving 17 education and industry partners in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States.

The MicroCert is aligned with the AITSL standards of professional knowledge, practice and engagement.

Microcredentials are a fantastic way to stay abreast of current practice whilst learning practical skills and knowledge required in education today. They are focused units of study which are relevant, succinct, and highly valuable. Learning in Innovative Spaces MicroCert provides participants with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and become a leader in the area of learning spaces. I strongly urge any educators interested in finding out more about learning spaces to enrol in this MicroCert, you will walk away with a wealth of new understandings.
– Sinan Kerimofski, Collegiate Principal, Leadership Institute, Department of Education Western Australia
As the world shifts around us, it is important for education to adapt and change to meet the needs of students. Innovative learning environments are critical to supporting the learning of students. Innovative learning environments are not only about space but the way you use it and how learning should be designed to better meet the needs of all. This microcredential unpacks some of the benefits, challenges and opportunities presented by innovative learning environments and I would recommend it for all educators and professionals interested in learning about how ILEs can enhance student outcomes.
– Karla Pobke, Deputy Principal, Parafield Gardens High School South Australia

Pathways to further study

Learning in Innovative Spaces can be taken as a stand-alone course, or you can complement it with any other Melbourne MicroCert in the Leading Change in Learning Environments series, in whatever order you choose.

Other Melbourne MicroCerts in this series include:

Learning in Innovative Spaces is designed to provide a pathway – otherwise known as advanced standing – into the Master of Education. To use it in this way, you will need to complete all four Melbourne MicroCerts in the Leading Change in Learning Environments series, as each MicroCert is equivalent to one quarter of a standard subject, then apply for credit towards the qualification.

Expiry of Melbourne MicroCert

Learning in Innovative Spaces will expire seven years from the date of issue as particular knowledge and/or skills may need to be updated or refreshed.

Eligibility requirements

You should be a currently practicing K-12 educator or have experience and access to an educational setting, such as architects, educational practitioners and administrators.


If you’re aged between 45–70, employed or recently unemployed (less than 9 months) and not receiving Australian Government employment assistance, you could be eligible for Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. Skills Checkpoint is an Australian Government funded service that allows eligible individuals to access personalised support programs including one-on-one support with a career advisor.

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Monday 19 July 2021

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