Digital technologies are ubiquitous in media, government, commerce and education. Educators need to be knowledgeable and critical users and creators of digital technologies. This unit introduces you to a range of digital technologies currently in use in education, discusses critically the ways such technologies can enhance learning, and examines in detail the limitations of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It focuses on the role of the digital world for children and emphasises the critical knowledge and skills necessary for safe, responsible and ethical use of ICTs in learning and teaching. The unit also supports student to select and use digital technologies to enhance their own learning.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
EEC1103

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain, explore and theorise the ways children learn through ICTs in the educational settings, including developing awareness of technology enabled learning for disability education;  
  2. Investigate and analyse issues of safety, ethics and responsibility when using ICTs;  
  3. Employ a range of ICTs to create digital artefacts that engage and enhance learning;  
  4. Engage in reflections, both individually and collaboratively, on the uses of ICTs in learning environments and in the wider world; and  
  5. Examine and discuss the literacy and numeracy demands of ICT.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Write and illustrate a Digital Timeline that maps the individual’s technological milestones as well as connections to wider technological developments 10%
Portfolio Develop an ePortfolio of quality ICT resources that demonstrates a critical understanding of ICT and digital literacies, and their impact on learning. 40%
Creative Works Create a digital artefact (e.g. movie, animations, digital story telling resource, game, interlinked on-line environment, app, series of art works). 50%

Required reading

Teaching: Making a difference. 3rd
Churchill, R., Ferguson, P., Godhino, S., Johnson, N., Keddie, A. M., Letts, W., & Vick, M.(2016)
Wiley Publishers, Australia

Further links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

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