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EDU8701 Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Contexts: Theory and Practice

Semester 3, 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: Catherine Arden
Moderator: Peter McIlveen

Other requisites

Access to an educational setting is a requirement for satisfactory completion of assessment items.


Educators at all levels need to engage in ongoing interrogation and reformulation of their assumptions about learning and teaching. Contemporary educators must be able to respond effectively to changing contexts, learner demands and organisational imperatives. This course will support beginning and experienced educators to develop an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of learning and teaching in contemporary contexts.


This course provides opportunity for beginning and more experienced educators to develop and refine their knowledge, skills and capacity to effectively facilitate learning in their context. Through analysis of contemporary learning theory and critical incidents, learners will be challenged to explore, reflect on and question their understandings and assumptions about learning and teaching. Engagement with critically reflective practice and development of a teaching and learning portfolio provide students with a solid foundation for ongoing professional development, growth and renewal.


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

  1. demonstrate insight into the role of educator and the complexities associated with that role through a critical reflection on their personal construct of 'educator' in contemporary learning contexts (Assignments 1 and 2).
  2. demonstrate awareness of decision-making processes and their impact on effective teaching and learning in context (Assignment 2).
  3. demonstrate an ability to plan, justify, implement and evaluate teaching and learning opportunities appropriate to the needs of the learners in their particular educational context (Assignment 2)
  4. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (Assignment 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Contemporary learning theories and their application in context 20.00
2. Teachers and learners: Identities, roles, responsibilities and relationships 20.00
3. Conceptualising, planning and decision-making 30.00
4. Facilitating effective individual and group learning 10.00
5. Managing learning processes and environments 10.00
6. Reflective practice in teaching and learning 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There is no set text 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

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. however, it is the sutdents' responsibility to participate appropriately in all activites including discussion fora scheduled for them, and to study all material provied 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirments in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment itme to receive a passing grade in this course).

  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 aply 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 aggregate of the weighted 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:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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.