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EDU8132 Digital Technologies and STEM Education

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022

Overview

High quality STEM education is critical for Australia’s future. It’s been predicted that 75 per cent of all jobs will require STEM skills over the next decade. Digital Technology is pervasive and an integral part of our lives. Both STEM and technology learning provide learners with the opportunity to gain transferable skills. This course complements other STEM content and teaching and learning courses by exploring STEM education through the lens of digital technologies. It builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the Foundations of STEM education course. The course provides students with the opportunities to contextualise the course assessment for their work environment. In the education sector STEM education has gained importance because the economy, future innovation and general well-being are reliant on STEM jobs. This unit will build capacity in the purposeful and creative use of digital technologies in STEM education along with exposure to relevant contemporary research.

Technological innovation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) are everywhere: in homes, businesses, and educational institutions. This course builds on knowledge and skills developed in the Foundations of STEM education course. Students will be exposed to and investigate theory and practice related to the integration of digital technologies into STEM education. In this course students will explore a range of digital technologies which support STEM learning, both in the individual disciplines and in an integrated manner. As they design strategies for the integration of technology into STEM education students will consider how these align with the formal curriculum in their context. Students will develop a STEM Plan and explore digital pedagogical frameworks and a range of thinking frameworks related to STEM. Students will work both collaboratively and independently. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the course context, their peers and the teaching team through synchronous and asynchronous means. Those students who are Australian Teachers will have the opportunity to demonstrate the relevant Australia Professional Standards.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022