EDF4035 - Early childhood learning through new media and technologies - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Denise Chapman

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City (Melbourne)

  • Term 4 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides opportunities for students to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge related to current issues and innovative pedagogies for the use of new media and technologies in early years education. Students critically engage with various forms of new media and technology, including digital and analogue media. A focus of the unit is on students developing their expertise in using new media by creating artworks using a range of applications and technologies. Students critically analyse current research and innovative uses of communication technologies and digital tools as well as the impact and expansion of new media on early years education. They demonstrate that they can plan and implement experiences to foster media literacy and intercultural communication for children in the early years in a broad range of educational contexts.


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

  1. develop research-based knowledge of the diversity of new media and technology relevant to early years education
  2. display skills in using a range of new media and technologies creatively
  3. critically analyse current issues and debates concerning children's engagement with new media and technologies and teaching and learning in early childhood
  4. understand the influence emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) can have on the arts, sustainability, health and wellbeing, intercultural understanding and Indigenous Australian and Asian people's cultures and perspectives
  5. demonstrate expertise in planning and implementing effective use of new media and technologies in the early childhood curriculum for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


Arts-based research assignment (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Media arts project (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 contact hours per week
  2. Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:
    • one intensive weekend block
    • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term
  3. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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