Transformational Educational Technologies
Details available Semester 2 2020
Through developing a Systems lens for thinking about educational transformation in conjunction with Design-Based research, students will analyse an educational organisation, develop a simulation of the interactions occurring within the organisation, develop policy frameworks to support the effective and appropriate use of Educational Technologies, and an implementation plan to guide the application of Educational Technologies to transform learning and teaching for an educational organisation.
Change in educational organisations is inherently difficult due to their conservative nature, but Educational Technologies are commonly used as a catalyst for driving change in educational organisations, transforming pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum, through the affordances or implications of technology. Students will explore the complex processes involved through Design-Based Research, using Socio-Ecological Modelling of an educational organisation to understand the challenges and opportunities available. This understanding is then developed into a dynamic computer simulation using Systems Engineering research processes, and a range of transformational approaches simulated and analysed. Using this analysis, existing vision statements, goals, policy and procedures in the organisation will be deconstructed and redeveloped using an Action Research approach, and finally, using Policy-Oriented Research approaches, a transformation plan will be developed to guide the organisation in implementing the Educational Technologies needed to achieve organisational goals.
Students will complete online course work, contribute to online discussions using Microsoft Teams, view one hour of recorded video presentations weekly, and attend a one-hour weekly online video-conference using Microsoft Teams from Week 1 to Week 12 (Online students only), sessions recorded.
On Campus Cohort
Students will complete online course work, contribute to online discussions using Microsoft Teams, view one hour of recorded video presentations weekly, and attend a two-hour weekly on-campus tutorial (On-Campus students only) from Week 1 to Week 12, sessions will not be recorded.
This course engages with a range of emerging technologies and assumes competency with computer technologies and a positive attitude to exploring what can be achieved with Educational Technologies. While students have an opportunity to focus on educational issues in a range of contexts, the course assumes an understanding and interest in education as a field of study. While the course has a focus on Educational Technologies in western K-12 and higher educational systems, opportunities exist to study the application of Educational Technologies in other systems and countries through assessment tasks.
The course is best completed after 7131EDN Digital Culture, Games and Education (Creating Educational Technologies) and 7134EDN Making Sense of Learning and New Technologies (Researching Educational Technologies), which provide experience with Educational Technologies used as a context for policy and planning conducted during this course. The course complements the 7510LFC Community Internship, where students can explore the community-based organisation in which they are placed, and develop policy and planning documents to support the use of Educational Technologies in this organisation.
Innovations in Technologies for Learning and Practice (Transformational Educational Technologies) aims to provide students with:
- research-informed strategies to lead transformational change in educational organisations; and
- policy development experience to support organisational changes.
After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
- apply a Design-Based Research approach using Socio-Ecological Modelling to analyse an educational organisation;
- apply Systems Engineering Research to develop a Dynamic Simulation Model for analysis of an educational organisation;
- apply an Action Research approach to develop policies that support the implementation of Educational Technologies in an educational organisation;
- apply a Policy-Oriented Research approach to develop an Organisational Transformation Strategy; and
- demonstrate understanding of a range of research-informed Educational Transformation approaches.