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Developing an Indigenised Curriculum



03 July




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Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges

Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges

The Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK) is an Indigenous academic expertise centre, with a core business focus on Indigenous Education Research and Indigenous Postgraduate support.

Since CAIKs inception in 2015, the Centre has cemented itself as a leading space for Indigenous research, education, engagement and graduate attribute work. CAIK is led by Associate Dean (Indigenous) Professor Heidi Norman in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

CAIK contributes to the Indigenous strategic aspirations of the faculty and university including ensuring that FASS graduates develop Indigenous professional capability. Centre staff research in the broad area of Indigenous education and supervise a cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous graduate students.

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Build a repository of Indigenous learning resources within your teaching discipline with this UTS Open microcredential. You’ll learn to embed Indigenous knowledges, perspectives and world views into your curriculum design process; develop quality assessments and evaluations; and manage difficult conversations to promote cultural safety in the classroom.

About this microcredential

Deepen your Indigenous curriculum design expertise with this interactive microcredential from UTS Open. With a specific focus on tertiary education contexts, this microcredential will introduce you to key concepts and theories about Indigenising curriculum, with a focus on Indigenous scholarship, and assist you to make informed decisions about Indigenous curriculum design and assessment within your discipline area.

You’ll learn to:

  • identify Indigenous-led resources
  • avoid deficit approaches
  • create rich assessments
  • manage difficult conversations
  • consider the role these conversations play in enhancing student learning.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to consider, reflect on and evaluate your teaching and curriculum design practice and develop creative and authentic learning experiences that benefit your students.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Provide in-depth knowledge of the latest theories, concepts and approaches related to embedding Indigenous content, perspectives and worldviews into higher education curriculum
  • Equip you with the tools to facilitate and create meaningful learning experiences and outcomes
  • Strengthen your ability to manage complex classroom issues and create opportunities for further learning

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Developing an Indigenised Curriculum (010027) in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is designed for professionals working in tertiary education who are interested in the development and facilitation of Indigenous curriculum.


Full price: $1,325 (GST free)*

Special price: $1,193 (GST free)* Special price offer ends on 29 May 2023

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This microcredential is divided into four modules, delivered over six weeks. Participants will be guided by a set of structured, self-paced, interactive activities supported with content, complemented by independent reading and participation in optional online discussion.

Module 1: Designing Indigenous Curriculum – Theoretical Approaches

  • Examine key concepts and theoretical approaches to Indigenising curriculum
  • Explore the history of the relationship between Indigenous Studies and the Academy
  • Understand Indigenous perspectives on Indigenising curriculum.

Module 2: Designing Indigenous Curriculum – Institutional, Disciplinary and Professional Contexts

  • Understand the institutional and disciplinary supports and constraints on developing Indigenised curriculum
  • Develop your awareness of the cultural capability / competency frameworks in place in the higher education sector and professional bodies.

Module 3: Developing Indigenised Curriculum

  • Understand the importance of reflexivity in designing and delivering Indigenous content
  • Identify and evaluate discipline-specific Indigenous research, readings and resources emphasising Indigenous(-led) scholarship
  • Learn how to design discipline-relevant Indigenous curriculum in tertiary education contexts.

Module 4: Implementing Indigenous Curriculum

  • Understand best practice in delivering Indigenising curriculum and reflect on how you might apply this in your own teaching
  • Develop skills to facilitate challenging classroom discussions
  • Develop awareness of effective evaluation processes.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, you should be able to:

  • Identify relevant, discipline-specific Indigenous materials and resources
  • Design creative assessment tasks to assess your students' understanding of Indigenous content
  • Build your skills in facilitating classroom discussions of Indigenous topics, and develop strategies to manage difficult or challenging classroom conversations.


Assessment task 1: Video Presentation – Weight: 50%

Using a subject that you are currently teaching (or if not currently teaching, a subject that you have previously taught or been involved with), identify how you could embed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into the subject through content, readings / resources, class activities and assessment.

Assessment task 2: Reflection on Difficult Discussions Scenario – Weight: 50%

Choosing one of the scenarios provided, or drawing upon your own experience, write a critical reflection on how you could improve on the design and delivery of a classroom activity that involves difficult/challenging discussion of Indigenous curriculum content.

In order to pass the microcredential, participants must complete all assessments and achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks.



To complete this online microcredential, you will need access to a computer or device with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.   


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 5% discount for group enrolments of 3 or more from the same organisation
  • 10% discount for group enrolments of 5 or more from the same organisation
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 10 or more from the same organisation
  • 10% discount UTS alumni, staff and students

See below for how to obtain your voucher code

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (group enrolments)

Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au with details of group enrolments to obtain your discount voucher code. Note that group enrolments will not be validated until the minimum number of criteria enrolments have been received.

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

UTS staff sponsorship

UTS is committed to supporting its staff to deliver quality teaching and learning experiences. The University provides sponsored places for UTS staff admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, as well as staff who wish to undertake this microcredential and potentially use its successful completion for credit on subsequent admission to the degree.

To apply for a sponsored place for this microcredential, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Short Forms of Learning team at FASSSFL@uts.edu.au specifying if you are a student admitted to the GradCertHEd or a staff member who wishes to undertake the microcredential and potentially use its successful completion for credit on admission to the GradCertHEd. Please note that sponsored places are limited.

Contact us

Please contact FASSSFL@uts.edu.au if you have any questions about the course content, delivery or requirements.

If your query is in relation to enrolment or payment, please email support@open.uts.edu.au

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Mon 03 Jul 2023 -
Fri 11 Aug 2023
Expert: Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges
  • This course will be delivered online through Canvas and Zoom sessions.
  • Online
  • 2 sessions, 2 hours total

Enrolment close 11.59pm AEST, Monday 26 June 2023. This course is designed to be completed independently and self-paced. Optional Q&A drop-in sessions with the facilitator/s will be available throughout the course.

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UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.