Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit develops students' understanding of pedagogy, teaching and learning and provides the opportunity to explore an area of need or interest within their curriculum area(s). The unit explores contemporary approaches to dialogic, inquiry and concept based pedagogies, collaborative classroom learning and examines active and flexible learning for the twenty first century. Specific pedagogic approaches of key sectors such the International Baccalaureate and Vocational Education and Training are examined. Students will investigate and reflect upon these key aspects in a self-directed curriculum project and will apply relevant strategies for flexible and online learning using active, contemporary dialogic and collaborative learning principles. Its focus on pedagogy and practice is designed to build students' classroom readiness. Students will apply their understanding and evaluation of pedagogies and practices by planning learning for secondary students in curriculum areas.

Generic skills that are developed in this unit through online discussions, written assignments and workshops include both oral and written communication skills; problem solving and creativity; teamwork; time management; and critical thinking through evaluation and critique of educational research.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply an understanding of dialogic, inquiry and concept based pedagogies for the classroom; (2) evaluate and apply collaborative and team learning approaches for the classroom; (3) evaluate and apply contemporary active, flexible and internationalised strategies for curriculum areas and for the classroom; (4) investigate sector specific approaches to learning in the International Baccalaureate, Montessori and VET sectors; (5) create learning activities and lesson plans for secondary students using one or more specific pedagogies and practices; and (6) apply an understanding of interdisciplinary learning and curriculum design.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) curriculum area project; (2) planning learning document; and (3) participation activity. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jan Dook
Contact hours
Seminars 2 hours per week for ten weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.