EDF5672 - Leadership in educational technology practices - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2017


This unit is designed for current and future education leaders who are faced with complex decisions in relation to digital technology including appropriate choice, effective use, and the diffusion of innovative practices within and across organisations. Accordingly this unit interrogates the identification of effective educational technology practices; resourcing, management and governance, understanding current trends and future possibilities, curriculum and policy contexts, concerns such as equity and cyber-safety, and the implications of technology resourcing and infrastructure. A particular focus of the unit is on effective models for professional learning and technology integration. Participants who are current and future leaders become proficient in the terminology, trends, and concepts around learning and digital technologies while developing theories, models and practical strategies to lead their colleagues and organisation to best practices. The unit presumes only a basic familiarity with computers.


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

  1. understand the terminology and concepts faced in leading responses to current and emerging trends in educational technologies and related practices
  2. describe and apply theories, models and practical strategies in relation to leading integration, adoption and diffusion of digital technologies for learning
  3. critically appreciate the role of educational technology in enhancing and hindering learning and teaching
  4. identify the regulatory and ethical concerns and other risks posed by educational technology and related practices, including issues of cyber-safety
  5. critically evaluate research, policy and strategy in the leadership of educational technology practices.


Critical review (3000 words, 40%)

Project or essay (5000 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Option for Master of Leadership in:

Curriculum and pedagogy