EDF4120 - Learning at the heart of teaching - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Michael Phillips (Clayton)

Dr Tim Fish (Online)

Mr Daya Weerasinghe (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Online)


This unit places the learner at the heart of teaching and examines the complex process through which learning develops. Students gain a strong understanding of how learning occurs by examining research into effective learning models. Reflecting on personal learning experiences, both past and present, is a powerful way for individuals to examine learning; it demonstrates how cultural and socio-economic contexts influence learning. This includes consideration of the benefits and limitations of employing digital technologies as a means to engage learners and address the challenges of achieving student-centred participation and inclusion. Students consider approaches to measure and evaluate learning and appreciate how a focus on learning prepares them as stronger and more responsive teachers.


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

  1. understand and engage with research into, and theories of, effective learning models
  2. demonstrate how responsive relationships and pedagogical practices position the learner at the heart of teaching
  3. identify approaches to measure and evaluate learning which align with learner-centredness and construct assessment as part of learning
  4. evaluate the integration of information and communication technologies to enhance learning
  5. demonstrate advanced capacity as reflective learners and professionals who can draw on personal experiences of learning to identify key influences on learning
  6. demonstrate practices to extend professional understanding through reflective and scholarly inquiry
  7. develop a personal and professional philosophy around learning.


An examination of learning theories (2000 words, 50%)

Learning theory application (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms
  2. Contact hours for off-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online or blended platforms
  3. Additional requirements (all students)
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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