Melbourne MicroCert

Teaching in Innovative Spaces

Learn how to extend your teacher practices in innovative learning environments

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

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Upcoming dates for this course are yet to be announced.


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 provide you with an introduction to innovative learning environments from a global perspective and teaches you to define and identify both the physical and experiential elements of the learning environment in your own school context.

Led by experts from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Building (FABP), you will develop practical strategies for developing teaching practices in innovative spaces as well as the capabilities to impart this knowledge on colleagues in a leadership capacity.

Teaching in Innovative Spaces is part of the Leading Change in Learning Environments series, which focuses on equipping educators to lead change in schools through developing and extending their teaching practices in innovative learning environments.

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 extend your teacher practices in innovative learning environments, including:

  1. The way learning environments have evolved over time and across systems
  2. How governments, school leaders and practitioners define learning environments in their different contexts
  3. Opportunities and challenges of teaching in innovative learning environments
  4. Expanding your repertoire of teaching strategies in innovative learning environments.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of innovative learning environments in different global and school contexts
  • Acquire appropriate knowledge of strategies and tools to support effective teaching practices 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 can extend teaching and pedagogical practices in innovative ways (30%)
  • Prepare an Action Plan for the implementation of one spatial strategy and/or tool (50%). Evaluate and review an Action Plan for one of your peers (20%).

Digital certificate

Upon completion, you will be awarded your Teaching 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.

A microcredential is a great way to link your industry knowledge and pedagogical practice and bring together people who are keen to lead innovation. The knowledge that I have gained from the LEaRN network and the team at the University of Melbourne about innovative learning spaces has significantly changed my teaching.
– Lisa Wilks-Beasy, Head of English, St Andrews Christian College Victoria

Pathways to further study

Teaching 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:

Teaching 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

Teaching 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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