EDP4130 Technology curriculum and pedagogy is offered in Semester 1 each year online (WEB mode) and on Springfield and Toowoomba campuses subject to meeting minimum enrolment requirements. The course is intended to prepare you for working with the technologies learning area in primary schools. The focus is on the Australian Curriculum: Technologies but the ideas will be relevant to similar curricula elsewhere.

The course makes extensive use of the USQStudyDesk (Moodle) environment and other Internet resources for all study modes. You should ensure that you have reliable access to the Internet and that you check StudyDesk and your USQ email regularly for information that will assist you to complete the course successfully.

NOTE that the course specification indicates 160 hours of student workload for this course across a 15 to 16 week semester. That implies that you should plan to spend about 10 hours per week on average working on the course. If you are enrolled in an ONC offer you will have 30 hours (3 hours x 10 weeks) of scheduled classes [1 hour lecture, 1 hour computer laboratory, 1 hour tutorial/workshop]. If you are enrolled in the WEB offer expect to spend a similar amount of time on equivalent activities. Most of the learning activities, in or out of class, are directly linked to assessment. Your best strategy for success will be to plan ahead and work consistently from week to week.

EDP4130 has an embedded professional experience. In 2016 that is scheduled for weeks 8 to 10 of the semester, commencing one week following the mid-semester recess. Specific expectations for the professional experience embedded in this course are described in the professional experience booklet. For all queries regarding Professional Experience placements and Blue Cards please refer to the Professional Experience Website.

Peter Albion, Course examiner

Course overview

The focus of the course is technologies education in primary schools in the context of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. It will include exploration of the concept of technology, various perspectives on technology, approaches to technologies education, and the practicalities of planning, teaching, and assessing technologies education as appropriate to the relevant curriculum documents.

Learning objectives

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

  Objective Assessment Professional Standards
1 Demonstrate understanding of technology as a human activity 1, 2, 3, 4 2.1, 2.4
2 Explain how technology education contributes to general education 1, 4 1.1, 2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4
3 Demonstrate familiarity with curriculum documents relevant to technology education 1, 2, 3, 4 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4 Demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to the content of technology education 1, 2, 3, 4 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
5 Plan, develop, and evaluate learning activities using pedagogies appropriate to technology education 1, 2, 3 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1
6 Demonstrate understanding of how ICT can be integrated to enhance learning in technology education 2, 3 2.6, 4.5
7 Demonstrate understanding of current developments in technology education and how teachers can develop relevant professional knowledge 1, 3 6.1, 6.2, 6.4
8 Successfully complete a 15 day professional experience, displaying appropriate professional knowledge, skills and conduct 5 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 7.1, 7.2
9 Demonstrate knowledge of course content using appropriate modes and conventions of expression with attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing 1, 2, 3, 4 2.5

The third column in the table identifies the assessment items that may be used to assess achievement of each objective.

Course resources

This introductory material provides an brief overview of the course and requirements. Consult the other sections for details of Assessment and other aspects of the course.

You will have access to a variety of resources provided through USQStudyDesk and/or in classes if you are enrolled on one of the campuses. The resources may include recordings (audio or video) of lectures and other materials, detailed instructions for completing learning activities, and links to reading material. You will be responsible for ensuring satisfactory progress of your own learning by accessing the resources and participating in learning activities as appropriate.

Additional communication channels & resources

Mahara eportfolio

You are invited to join the EDP4130 S1 2016 group in the Mahara eportfolio system. You can join by following these instructions.

The course group in Mahara would be a suitable location for sharing project work for your assessment and recording progress in the blog/joournal.

Twitter hashtag

Consider using Twitter as part of your professional learning network (PLN). The Twitter hashtag for the course is #edp4130 and a Twitter widget has been installed in the StudyDesk space to pipe tweets with that hashtag into the space. If you subscribe to Twitter you will be able to use the hashtag on your tweets to share resources and/or engage in discussion with the class.

Diigo group

In a previous offer a Diigo group was established for the EDP4130 course and I have continued to share selected bookmarks for web resources through that group and to mark relevant resources with the tag, edp4130. The links shared with the group are piped through a panel in the StudyDesk and you can access them there. If you wish, you can request to join the group but that is not necessary to access the links. If you do register on Diigo and join the group then you should be able to post links to the group and use that method to share them with the class. For an introduction to the operation of Diigo see this YouTube video.