This unit focuses on the role that current and emerging technologies play within education contexts. Pre-service teachers will research the changing nature of transformative technologies and be able to critically reflect upon the social, ethical and professional expectations that the rise of technology brings to the classroom and to the nature of learning. Pre-service teachers will investigate contemporary educational practices, and develop their own views and visions about curriculum and education appropriate for the digital age. In this unit pre-service teachers will reflect on, analyse and develop multimodal online educational resources and consider their use within a school curriculum and within broader society.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Critically examine contemporary educational practices and the curriculum in the global context
  • Justify and deepen an understanding of societal and professional expectations of education in an era of rapid change
  • Analyse the role of emerging technologies and their transformative impacts on the nature of learning
  • Categorise and critically evaluate a range of multimedia resources, including transformative technologies and use them to produce authentic learning experiences
  • Critically apply ICT to facilitate learning and provide opportunities for engagement in self-regulating and cooperative activities
  • Synthesise viewpoints to reflect on the social and ethical issues associated with responsible, safe and legal use of learning technologies

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 6 weeks 12
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Class
1.00 12 weeks 12
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
4.00 12 weeks 48
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
6.50 12 weeks 78

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssessmentIndividual/Group 30% 3,4,5,6 
EssayIndividual 30% 1,2,3 
PortfolioIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4 


  • Global and local demands on knowledge, skills, values and beliefs in emerging educational context
  • The globalized learning environment
  • The role of the teacher in an era of rapid change
  • Current and emerging learning technologies
  • Analysis of criteria for selecting and determining quality in multimedia educational resources
  • Multi-literacies, social futures and communities of practice
  • Shaping and making effective teaching resources

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.