Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Project: Implementing TEL in Area of Specialisation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Leadership for Learning and Innovation

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is a project-based collaborative activity, where students are expected to produce a digital artefact making use of learning technologies in their various forms as appropriate, a learning application using digital technologies or a digital multi-modal project.

The artefact produced should be related to the subject area that the participants are specializing in. In this study-unit the participants will apply insights learned in the core units and place it into practice through digitally mediated learning scenarios that go hand-in-hand with the syllabus and curriculum. Subsequently participants will learn to merge core subject matters and earned digital literacy skills into Inquiry Based and Project Based Learning scenarios.

It is suggested that the group size should be not less than three and not more than four students. Teams of five students may be considered depending on the project’s nature.

The work output resulting from a GAPT will be roughly equivalent to a project resulting from, at least, 100 hours of effort.

Study-Unit Aims:

The students will be expected to reach targets in learning which are directed towards:
- self-directed learning
- the setting up of communities of practice sharing experience and expertise
- the production of a tangible product using technology-based methods, applications and tools to be used to support classroom based teaching and learning.

This study-unit also aims to:
- provide students with an authentic and realistic learning experience where they learn to be creators of learning resources under controlled conditions. In the process the tutor steers the students in the proper learning directions so they gain experience in creating innovative and digitally mediated learning experiences.
- address novel curricular developments as reflected in the incoming Learning Outcome Frameworks where various learning scenarios will be enhanced with digitally mediated activities.
- assist students in understanding better the meaning of Digital Literacy Skills in formal educational contexts and settings.
- enhance students' capabilities of learning to learn on their own initiative.
- assist students in acquiring better collaborative and communicative skills by working in groups.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify digital tools and applications which would best fit the needs of the subject area and audience targeted.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the content area through the development of a tangible product to be used for learning.
- Design and construct an artifact designed to engage students in their own learning.
- Evaluate the product designed and propose future improvements in the design and application.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate initiative and creativity through the design and production of a technology-based artifact.
- Work collaboratively in a group contributing to the sharing of experience and expertise amongst the group members.
- Demonstrate project management skills and abilities including managing tasks, sharing workloads and working in harmony with the various team roles.
- Manage time effectively and efficiently for the creation of the artifact to be developed according to the requirements.
- Merge theory with practice through the development and application of an artifact to a defined learning area.
- Demonstrate Autonomous Learning.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

- Solomon, G. Schrum, L (2014). Web 2.0 how to for Educators. Hawker Brownlow Education Pty Ltd.

Supplementary Readings:

- Goodyear, P and Retalis S. (Eds) (2010). Technology- Enhanced learning. Design Patterns and Pattern Languages. Sense Publishers.
- Jonassen, D., Howland, J., Marra, RM., Crismond, D (2008). Meaningful Learning With Technology. Merill Education Products. Pearson.
- Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Tools for Classrooms. Corwin.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: LLI5003; LLI5004

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Group Learning & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary SEM1 Yes 10%
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 25%
Report SEM1 Yes 25%
Portfolio SEM1 No 40%

LECTURER/S Patrick Camilleri
George Cremona

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