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Designing Regenerative Futures Studio

What kind of education futures do you want to create? Using contemporary views of learning and designing as generative and values-driven, expand your thinking and understanding to cut across disciplinary boundaries and open new designing possibilities in your professional practice.

About this microcredential

What if learning environments and educational initiatives were more like regenerative ecosystems? 

During this microcredential, participants will engage with the challenge of designing educational environments tuned to learning and transformation, in response to and in anticipation of inevitable change. Using a novel approach to rethink creative possibilities, you'll delve into regenerative approaches operating across different disciplines, professions or cultures.

In the process, you'll explore how such approaches go beyond sustainable and resilient practices in responding to shocks and stresses in systems, building your capabilities to do and be more than was possible before. You'll explore how such ideas about regeneration can shape educational initiatives. Working with external partners, you'll collectively explore regenerative principles as they engage in a challenge-based project and envisage transformative pathways to ethical futures.

Taking design-based inquiry approaches, you'll create and trial small-scale probes to gain insights into future-oriented learning initiatives that anticipate change and generate opportunities for creative, bold reform.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This practice-based microcredential has been designed by global leaders in transdisciplinary education from the TD School, home of the multi-award-winning Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation.

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Equip you with the skills to create innovative and transformative future-oriented learning experiences
  • Explore regenerative principles and practices for developing educational futures
  • Bring teaching colleagues together to tackle a complex educational challenge
  • Provide immersion in the latest thinking and methods of transdisciplinary designing via an online studio
  • Develop highly sought-after knowledge and skills applicable across a wide range of educational, learning and development contexts
  • Expand your professional practices with the latest in transdisciplinary designing approaches.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Designing Regenerative Futures Studio (94753) in the Graduate Certificate in Transdisciplinary Learning and Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation.

The learning outcomes of this microcredential align with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers career stages 1.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 6.3.2 and 6.3.3 for Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teachers. For more details, please read the Professional recognition section under Additional course information.

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions. 

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential would benefit those from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including:

  • Primary and secondary teachers
  • Learning designers
  • Academics
  • Masters or PhD students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Professional development leaders and organisational learning professionals
  • Professionals keen to expand the breadth of their own personal learning journeys.


Full price: $1,500 (GST free)*

*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

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

Over five weeks, participants will bring their professional / life experiences and knowledge to this online studio as they work together with external partners, creatively rethinking a complex educational opportunity that cuts across sectors and stakeholders. By confronting different perspectives, approaches and views integral to the challenge, you will learn a range of creative inquiry techniques to question and explore alternative possibilities and anticipate new learning pathways.

Areas of exploration in this course include:

  • Futures methods and methodologies
  • Regenerative principles and regenerative design
  • Generative learning theory
  • Designing as value selection
  • Ecological metaphors
  • Systems thinking, emergence and warm data
  • Indigenous knowledges and practices
  • Ethical considerations, rigour and integrity in practice
  • Complex reflection and reflexivity

Course delivery

This microcredential is designed as an online studio inviting you to engage in creative experiences and explore ideas relating to a complex challenge-based project currently being undertaken by external partners.

Through first sharing your early insights and exploring ideas circulating in other professions, disciplines and cultures in a series of practice-based exercises, you can consider how your contributions (and those of others) might add to a thriving community of participants, practitioners and researchers.

During a series of intensive, guided workshop sessions, you’ll work with other participants in real time to integrate different perspectives, ideas and insights. In this process, participants will work together with other stakeholders to rethink the industry-led educational challenge, and design future-oriented learning experiences.

This microcredential is highly collaborative, enabling you to benefit from interactions with others, whilst contributing to the collective’s learning experience.  In your individual assessments, you can use those experiences to further examine the educational challenge, make sense of the collective learning and explore the relevance of regenerative principles and practices for designing future-oriented learning initiatives in your professional practice.

Course learning objectives

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

  • Explore and probe futures methods and regenerative practices from different disciplines, professions and cultures to promote collective experimentation and generativity
  • Describe and model collective learning situations using various inquiry methods and critically appraise them from philosophical or theoretical perspectives
  • Question and interpret diverse ideas to form principles for designing future-oriented learning initiatives.


Participants will work collaboratively and be assessed individually across the following two tasks during the course:

Assignment 1

  • Probes into futures methods and regenerative practices (weight: 30%)

Assignment 2

  • Future-oriented designs for learning (weight: 70%)

Participants must complete all assessments and achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks.



  • To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer 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.

Professional recognition

The learning outcomes of this microcredential align with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers career stages 1.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 6.3.2 and 6.3.3 for Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teachers.

As a participating teacher in this microcredential, you will engage in research-based TD learning experiences and assessments that are designed to:

  • Enhance teaching practice to generate positive change for learning progress and achievement
  • Be job-embedded
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration, application, and feedback on practice.

These TD learning experiences, and associated assessments, enable you to collect documentary evidence that your practice meets the above-listed Standard Descriptors and the criteria required to count as Elective PD.

Refer to the NESA website for the latest information about professional development requirements.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • UTS alumni/students 10% discount with voucher code: TDIalumni 
  • UTS staff 10% discount 

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 enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
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  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

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