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EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures

Semester 2, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Anne Jasman
Moderator: Catherine Arden


Learning futures embraces lifelong and life-wide learning, extending learning beyond the compulsory education sectors. Traditional boundaries between sectors and educational providers are becoming increasingly blurred as various pathways into school and onto life require educators to be cognisant of learning needs and learning preferences/styles throughout the lifespan across diverse settings. Facilitators of lifelong learning should have a clear understanding of the characteristics of learners and the nature of learning processes utilised by them. Such knowledge underpins an individual's capabilities to respond positively to dynamic learning futures.


Within a framework of contemporary theories of learning, participants in this course will investigate concepts of lifelong, life-wide and connected learning. Underpinning these characteristics and imperatives for learning futures lies a diversity of cultural, social and philosophical experiences and expectations. Students will explore issues of multiliteracies, cultural diversity/cultural convergence, inclusivity and sustainability as well as how these impact in pluralist learning environments. This course facilitates students' understandings of how these theories and issues impact on curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment and evaluation with particular reference to adult, professional and workplace learning contexts.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment items(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are show in parentheses. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. articulate the interrelationships between lifelong learning, life-wide learning, and learning futures; (Formal Reflection)
  2. apply emerging theories of learning and learning facilitation in the design of learning experiences; (Comparing learning theories; Concept Map)
  3. identify and analyse implications for teaching practices of interactions between learner characteristics, learning processes and learning tasks in pluralist education settings. (Reflection)
  4. using a collaborative approach within a critical community of learners, successfully examine issues/trends/relationships in depth (Comparing learning theories; Concept Map).
  5. Demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Lifelong, life-wide, generative and connected learning 20.00
2. Emerging theories of teaching and learning 30.00
3. Understanding learning diversity - culture and community 15.00
4. Implications for educational and training programs 20.00
5. Learning for development: individual, organisational, community and society 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FORMAL REFLECTION 20 20 15 Aug 2012
CONCEPT MAP 40 40 24 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to USQOnline for this course.

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