EDF3217 - Digital technologies: Teaching, learning and the curriculum - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


This unit supports students to explore how digital technologies can be effectively and creatively used to improve teaching, learning and assessment in schools. It provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the critical evaluation, appropriate selection and creative use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. This includes understanding and interpreting state and national curricula, as well as teaching standards. Students are encouraged to develop critical perspectives on policy, research and broader influences such as the media. They engage with significant contemporary issues and debates regarding digital technologies, such as equity of access, digital citizenship, cybersafety, ethics, design thinking, and computational thinking. Importantly, students are encouraged to practise a critical approach while designing the integration of digital technologies into their teaching, including new and emerging approaches such as 'making', programming, game-based learning and flipped classrooms. While the unit requires students to learn how to use digital technologies, it has been designed to maximise learning for all students, regardless of their familiarity with digital technologies.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand and design strategies for the effective integration of digital technologies within teaching, learning and assessment in the curriculum
  2. select and use information and communication technologies (ICT) in appropriate and creative ways to plan lessons and engage students in their learning
  3. discuss current and emerging trends in digital technologies and the implications for teaching and learning
  4. critically evaluate research and practice in digital technology use in the curriculum
  5. describe relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.


Critical investigation of teaching and learning with digital technologies (1500 words, 40%)

Portfolio of tasks (2500 words or equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • lectures: 1 hr per week
    • tutorial/workshop/laboratory: 2 hrs per week
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • Preparation for each week's activities (e.g., reading, completing practical tasks): 2 hrs per week
    • Online collaborative and creative activities (e.g., forum participation): 2 hrs per week
    • Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

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