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LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: Digital Literacies in Practice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070115 - English as a SecLangTeach
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Henriette van Rensburg


An understanding of and experience across a range of digital literacies is central to contemporary and effective practices and processes for creating and sharing knowledge and information. These New Literacies challenge teachers and trainers of languages and linguistics to incorporate mobile, Web2 and digital applications into their own practices, becoming lead learners in testing and applying new tools and processes. Becoming a confident user of Web2 and digital tools requires a shift away from teacher-led instructional practices in favour of more authentic, flexible, learner-driven and creative pedagogies. For teachers and trainers to model these community-emergent practices and content generation processes also requires a familiarity with a range of Open Education Resources for language learning and for the production of original digital audio and visual content to allow sharing across multiple modes.


This course addresses key professional competencies for teachers of languages, developing their skills and confidence in preparing and presenting authentic and student centred learning activities across a range of language teaching contexts. Informed by a New Literacies approach, the course employs Web2 and digital tools to support the development of teachers' contemporary understandings and creative practices in relation to representations of language and culture. Exploring global and transnational contexts and voices, participants employ Web2 tools, and hand-held technologies to becoming creators and users of Open Education Resources for language teaching. The course is suitable for postgraduates with experience and interest in language teaching and/or linguistics and for researchers with a focus upon language, digital media and critical and cultural theories. Participants will create and curate digital knowledge artefacts for language learning in authentic contexts. No prior experience in Information and Communication Technologies is necessary, but students will need access to a mobile phone or tablet with sound and camera, and to download free apps for audio and image editing. Web2 tools including Facebook and Twitter will be employed, and assessment tasks will include creating and curating Open Education Resources for language teaching. Students will be invited to share assignments via a Creative Commons License for re-use in the public arena.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. research and critically evaluate a variety of Web2 and digital tools for language teaching and learning in a chosen context
  2. create digital media to support authentic language teaching and learning in a chosen context
  3. work collaboratively with peers to select, order, and curate Open Education Resources for language teaching and learning.
  4. discriminate and differentiate between instructivist and constructivist methods for language teaching
  5. reflect upon the personal, professional and cultural challenges of adopting a New Literacies approach to language teaching and learning
  6. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar, and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Web2 tools for knowledge creation 15.00
2. Digital tools creation and curation for language learning 20.00
3. Innovative pedagogical approaches for language learning 20.00
4. Language, culture and the digital classroom 15.00
5. Motivating and supporting language learners: New Literacies 15.00
6. Issues and ethics of representation in the digital classroom. 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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT 1 40 40 18 Dec 2019
PROJECT 2 60 60 29 Jan 2020

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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 (or grades) 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:
    Not applicable.

  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 at