Transformation ahead

Target Audience: This course is for educators wishing to design and implement an inspiring hands-on learning lab with and for students.

Tourism is transforming in ways we cannot imagine.

We are in the midst of profound paradigmatic change. While our social-economic-environmental systems are being restructured, ready or not, tourism is being dragged into this transformation and reinvention. The depth and extent of this change we have not yet begun to imagine, but one thing is certain, the disruption caused by the pandemic is just the beginning.

Are your students equipped for the disruption ahead?

Navigating the change ahead will be challenging. Not only do we need a future that is different from the past, but for many, it is unclear how to drive this change. Everyone is looking for a roadmap, a template, or a solution. Few are thinking about the skills, practices and systems that are needed to navigate the future.

Research by the World Economic Forum found that:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving top the list of future skills needed to navigate disruptive times;
  • Skills in self-management such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility will be in high demand: and
  • Increasing automation will transform jobs requiring widespread reskilling.

Be the change.

You can't solve the challenges of the future with the same mindset and tools that created these challenges in the first place. Once you see it you can't unsee the change ahead.

That's why, now more than ever, it's important to push boundaries, stretch your thinking, and create inspiring learning opportunities for your students.

Transform your thinking and practice with the co.lab.

The Tourism CoLab's online courses deliver cutting edge perspectives on the new mindsets, skills, and ways of working in tourism, travel and visitor economies.

The CoLab gives us a window into how we think, why creativity matters, and how to overcome our barriers to thinking differently.

The CoLab is your secret weapon to create engaging, community-driven student learning experiences.

Course Content


The online course is to build your capacity to deliver engaged and inspiring educational experiences that prepare students for the future, and that respond to the need for new skills and practices.

A secondary aim is to challenge you, as educators, to experiment with new ways of teaching.


The objectives of the program are to:

(1)  Introduce educators to key concepts in regenerative tourism, neuroscience, emergent practice and conversational intelligence.

(2)  Introduce key design thinking concepts that can be used to frame active learning and problem-solving in students.

(3)  Design a learning experience, including pedagogic tools, that can be implemented by educators in their teaching.

(4)  Build a community of practice characterised by a collaborative mindset and a culture of co-learning and co-design.


This program is delivered in 5 training modules over 10 weeks plus a final module where we harvest the learning and share our reflections. Live weekly zoom sessions deliver content one week and reflect on the content and its application in the following week.

Course structure

Meet your instructor

Dr Dianne Dredge is an experienced tourism educator, urban and environmental planner, policy advisor, researcher and community engagement specialist. She is also an ex-professor and policy advisor.

Her early career was spent as environmental impact assessment, tourism management and community engagement. The last 18 years were spent in higher education, but she called it quite on her professorship in 2019 to start The Tourism CoLab.

Dianne has won national and institutional awards for her teaching, she chaired the Tourism Education Futures Initiative between 2012-2019 and has written/edited eight books and over 150 papers in tourism. She has worked with Australian federal, state, and local governments and tourism organisations to prepare destination management plans, stakeholder audits, and engage industry in building multi-stakeholder facing tourism and visitor economies.

Dianne also worked at a global level, providing policy research and advice to both the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Her contributions include advice on diverse issues including tourism Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) and digitalisation, collaborative economy policy, the blue economy, SME capacity building and policy complementarities in tourism.

She has held professorships at three Australian Universities, and two guest professorships (Lund University, Sweden and Federation University, Australia).