7134EDN Making Sense of Learning and New Technologies is a course of study at Griffith University for postgraduate students undertaking a Masters of Education as an elective or undertaking a Youth, Digital Culture and New Learning pathway. The course explores emerging educational trends, technologies, and challenges, through their potential to transform learning and teaching in organisations. Students will examine these challenges from three perspectives: the evolving learning environment; the technologies themselves; and the processes that can influence change to learning environments. Students explore a range of case studies, models and policies in developing a broad understanding of the role of digital technologies in contemporary learning, conduct a futures research study on the technologies most likely to impact education, and develop an organisational implementation plan to transform a learning environment.
Making Sense of Learning and New Technologies aims to provide students with:
1. a broader understanding of emerging educational trends, technologies, and challenges;
2. experience with research methods to better understand the influences of educational technologies;
3. research-informed strategies to lead transformational change in educational organisations; and
4. policy development experience to support organisational changes.
For 12 weeks students will attend a weekly two hour online video conference/lecture from 7pm to 9pm on Thursdays, and complete approximately two hours of online practical activities/tutorial. On campus learning is not supported and students will need to be able to video conference online to gain full benefit from the course.
Each week we will meet online using Google Meet with the code adx-xkme-rct. Google is regularly changing this technology and exploring different approaches so we may need to be a little flexible. Join the hangout at 7 pm on Thursdays.
Readings for each week MUST be completed before each weekly session. The focus of each videoconference is answering questions you may have about the readings, and linking them together around the weekly topic.
In week 5 in addition to the video conference, we will conduct virtual excursions in a virtual online world. This will involve downloading and installing software well before the video conference.
You will need a headphone/microphone, please attend in a quiet room, and mute your microphone when not speaking.
Assessment of your learning will comprises three elements: Completion Activities not involving criteria (20%): introducing yourself, participating in the class Delphi study, summarising readings, summarising video conference/lectures, and completing weekly quizzes; and two criteria based assignments (40% each): a Delphi Study, and an Implementation Plan.
Each task builds on previous tasks and course activities.