Engaging Learners in Digital Environments

Unit code: ADL6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Online Real Time


The focus of this unit is an in-depth exploration of a variety of approaches to engage learners across a range of digital environments. Students will investigate key affordances of digital learning strategies and how these can enhance learner engagement. These insights will be contextualised by multi-faceted dimensions of accessibility, including learner contexts with the intention of motivating learners and adapting content to best meet individual learner needs. Students will apply these insights to emerging forms of technology, such as chatbots, to prototype developments incorporating new technology, Students will be encouraged to add their prototype to the course-based portfolio The unit will conclude with an evaluation of the impact of prototype designs and identify research questions for further investigation as a response to future-proofing learning.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recommend relevant accessibility strategies as integral to designs for digital learning environments
  2. Evaluate the affordances of different forms of technology to engage students with specific learning needs
  3. Create and prototype design and practical projects for a range of individuals and groups
  4. Synthesise theoretical knowledge and apply to a practical outcome
  5. Collaborate with peers to understand the complexities of learner user experience


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Review
Grade: 20%
Online use experience (UX) Design Discussion Participation (an online short-course review)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 40%
Portfolio Structure, including Accessible Design Demonstration
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
New Technology Prototype to enhance learner engagement

Required reading

Nil. Recommended Readings will be provided in VU Collaborate

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