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White-25-400-pixels.jpgCourse title: Digital Technologies for Learning

Course type: Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching Unit

Course dates: Jul-Sep 2016 (online) • Jul-Sep 2015 (online) • Feb-May 2015 (Perth) • Mar-May 2014 (Perth) • Jul-Oct 2013 (Perth)

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Overview

This course highlights the innovative teaching and learning opportunities which arise at the intersection of contemporary pedagogical approaches and digital technologies. With a primary focus on e-learning (especially via web 2.0 and social media tools) and a secondary focus on m-learning (especially via mobile apps), it guides participants in creating and implementing dynamic digital strategies and effective technological resources in their own teaching and/or professional contexts.

This professional development course for tertiary educators migrated to a fully online format in 2015. Those who are in Perth and whose main interest is in mobile technologies may like to consider the blended mode Teaching & Researching with Mobile Technologies course. Both courses are designed for academic and teaching staff. Professional and non-teaching staff may be more interested in the Emergent Technologies in Education course.

Programme

The course runs over 10 weeks in the UWA Blackboard LMS. Full details, including lists of key and optional references provided through the UWA Library, are included in the course outline distributed prior to the first class. These references are selected from broader lists of E-learning references and M-learning references.

  • The Introductory session is designed to acquaint participants with the content area, the course structure, and each other.

  • Thematic session I is entitled From Novelty to Normalisation. It gives an overview of recent technological developments, relating them to contemporary educational approaches. It introduces the theory of normalisation and its implications for the integration of e-learning and m-learning technologies into day-to-day teaching.
  • Tools session A showcases Basic Technologies, including VLEs (LMSs), discussion boards, blogs and wikis.
  • Participants are invited to explore at least one tool of their choice in a guided, hands-on manner, and to begin reflecting on and discussing the key themes covered, the tool(s) chosen, and their evolving course project, which involves the design of an e-learning or m-learning resource appropriate to their educational and/or professional context.

  • Thematic session II focuses on Framing E-learning, covering: the framing of student learning (through social constructivism and the communities of practice model) and the framing of teacher learning (through the TPACK and SAMR models).
  • Tools session B showcases Networking Technologies, including social networking, chat/IM (instant messaging), microblogging and polling.
  • Participants are invited to explore at least one tool of their choice in a guided, hands-on manner, and to begin reflecting on and discussing the key themes covered, the tool(s) chosen, and their evolving course project.

  • Thematic session III covers Digital Literacies, including literacies related to language, information, connections, and (re-)design.
  • Tools session C showcases Informational Technologies, including search, folksonomies (social tagging, social bookmarking), RSS (newsfeeds) and social sharing.
  • Participants are invited to explore at least one tool of their choice in a guided, hands-on manner, and to begin reflecting on and discussing the key themes covered, the tool(s) chosen, and their evolving course project.

  • Thematic session IV takes a look at Emerging & Future Trends. It has a strong focus both on technological developments which will impact education, and on educational developments which may be affected by technology. It suggests that the future of learning will be shaped at the intersection of technological and educational trends, and it covers a number of currently emerging and likely future developments.
  • Tools session D showcases Multimedia Tools, including podcasting, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), vodcasting, digital storytelling, data visualisation, and virtual worlds/gaming.
  • Participants are invited to explore at least one tool of their choice in a guided, hands-on manner, and to begin reflecting on and discussing the key themes covered, the tool(s) chosen, and their evolving course project.

  • In the Concluding session, participants exchange and give feedback on short digital presentations about their course projects.

While grounded in relevant theory and pedagogy at all times, the course thus has a strong practical component, as reflected in:
  • online discussions of applications of e-learning and m-learning technologies;
  • guided explorations of various e-learning and m-learning technologies;
  • the building of online resources as part of the course project.

In the course project, developed in stages throughout the programme, participants produce an e-learning or m-learning resource, demonstrated through annotated screen captures and an accompanying statement of rationale; they obtain peer assessments of their resource from professional colleagues and respond to these in a final self-assessment.



Student projects

See the separate student projects page.



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