Startup Weekend Christchurch (Photo: Erica Austin)

Place Based Learning

Connects learning to communities and the world around us

Placed-based learning emphasises learning through participation within and for the community and aims to improve learner’s sense of responsibility and ownership of their environment. Learning City Christchurch promotes this model of learning that is rooted in what is local – the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature and art of our city. We believe the sense of belonging or tūrangawaewae is critical for creating a vibrant city for today’s citizens and serves as an attractor for visitors. We acknowledge the role of mana whenua, te iwi ō Ngāi Tahu, and their important role in the city and in the development of a city of learning.



Life-long Learning

Where learning should take place at all stages of life

Learning City Christchurch supports and encourages lifelong learning. This ongoing, voluntary and self-motivated way of learning enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development.

The Ephemeral City, Christchurch Arts Festival 2017 (Photo: Erica Austin)

Learning Pathways

Create your own

Learners have the opportunity to create infinite, personalised pathways for themselves to develop a sense of ownership for community sustainability and improvement. Learning City Christchurch supports learning as a ‘pick ‘n’ mix’ taking many forms and acknowledging that everyone’s mix is unique. This returns the ownership to the learner and allows them to map their own pathway through what interests them.


Recognising Skills with Micro-credentials

A growing movement

A microcredential is a mini-certification indicating demonstrated competency in a specific skill. Microcredentials are also on-demand, shareable, and personalised. Microcredentials provide an opportunity for learners to pursue focused learning at their own pace, and within their own schedules. This movement is growing worldwide and becoming widely used across tertiary, business and other education providers. In 2018 NZQA ran a pilot programme, working alongside Otago Polytechnic, The Lion Foundation, Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) and Udacity to co-create programmes that ensure the skills taught could be validated by micro-credentials and aligned with those deemed essential by employers of the future.