EDUC5646 Teaching in New Learning Spaces

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit offers current teachers an opportunity for renewal and extension of curriculum and pedagogical knowledge relevant to the Australian Curriculum. It has a particular focus on exploring new learning spaces and technological innovations, and their application in the classroom. It is supported by an action research project which links contemporary thinking with everyday classroom practice. The unit focuses on new learning spaces, including online and hybrid spaces, and their integration with existing learning environments. It is designed to develop students' understanding of, and familiarity with, innovative practice including the embedding of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in teaching and learning. It is framed by a discussion of contemporary insights into and debates over pedagogy, assessment and curriculum, in the context of a developing knowledge of the Australian curriculum. This includes an awareness of the curriculum strands and the general competencies. In particular, students develop their ability to link new learning spaces and innovative practice with the Australian curriculum. Students undertake action research on a curriculum-based project relevant to their teaching.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of, and familiarity with, new learning spaces (e.g. online and hybrid learning spaces); (2) show an understanding of the integration of new learning spaces with existing learning spaces; (3) demonstrate an understanding of innovative practice (including the use of ICTs) in teaching and learning; (4) be aware of contemporary insights into and debates over pedagogy, assessment and curriculum; (5) know the Australian curriculum including general competencies; (6) link new learning spaces and innovative practice with the Australian curriculum; and (7) undertake curriculum-based action research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) development of a resource/learning space which demonstrates an integration of ICTs, innovative practice and the Australian Curriculum—demonstrated through an oral presentation and a final multimedia submission (50 per cent) and (2) action-based research on the implementation of the resource/learning space within a school-based context—demonstrated through an oral presentation and a final written submission (50 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elaine Sharplin
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