Welcome to ED4130 Technology curriculum and pedagogy.
This course is offered in Semester 1 each year on all three campuses (Fraser Coast, Springfield, and Toowoomba) subject to minimum enrolments and online (WEB mode). It makes extensive use of the USQStudyDesk (Moodle) environment and other Internet resources. 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 in successfully completing the course.
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 work consistently from week to week.
EDP4130 has an embedded professional experience. In 2013 that is scheduled for weeks 8 to 10 of the semester, immediately following the mid-semester recess. Information about the professional experience is available in StudyDesk and from the Professional Experience section of the Faculty website. In preparing for the semester and EDP4130 your first priority should be to ensure that you have all necessary arrangements in place for your professional experience. Be sure to confirm the validity of your Blue Card for the relevant periods.
Peter Albion, Course examiner
Course examiner - Peter Albion
I have designed, developed, and taught EDP4130 and related courses since 2002 when Technology Education was first offered within the BEd program at USQ.
You can find further information about me on my website.
Course moderator - Petrea Redmond
For further information visit Petrea's entry in the USQ Staff Directory.
Tutor (Fraser Coast) - tba
Tutor (Springfield) - tba
Tutor (Toowoomba & Online) - Peter Albion
The focus of the course is technology education in primary schools. It will include exploration of the concept of technology, various perspectives on technology, approaches to technology education, and the practicalities of planning, teaching, and assessing technology education as appropriate to the relevant Queensland and Australian curriculum documents.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
||Demonstrate understanding of technology as a human activity
||2, 3, 4
||Explain how technology education contributes to general education
|| 2, 4
|| Demonstrate familiarity with curriculum documents relevant to technology education
||Demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to the content of technology education
||2, 3, 4
||Plan, develop, and evaluate learning activities using pedagogies appropriate to technology education
||Demonstrate understanding of how ICT can be integrated to enhance learning in technology education
||2, 3, 4
||Successfully complete a 15 day professional experience, displaying appropriate professional knowledge, skills and conduct
||Demonstrate knowledge of course content using appropriate modes and conventions of expression with attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation an bibliographic referencing
||1, 2, 3, 4
The final column in the table identifies the assessment items that may be used to assess achievement of each objective.
This introductory material provides an brief overview of the course and requirements. For details of relevant aspects consult the Study Schedule and Assessment sections.
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
You are invited to join the EDP4130 S1 2013 group in the Mahara eportfolio system. You can join by following these instructions. Some of the images indicate that the instructions were prepared for the 2012 group but they should work in the current version of the system.
In 2012 some aspects of assessment required sharing of pages in the eportfolio system. That is not the case in 2013 but you are encouraged to join the group and use it as a means of sharing your work with colleagues in the class. It should be possible to meet all the requirements for blogging and content curation through Mahara if that is your preference.
You are encouraged to consider using Twitter as part of your personal learning network (PLN) and as both a source and a mode of sharing for your content curation project. The Twitter hashtag for communication related to the course is #edp4130 and a Twitter widget has been installed in the StudyDesk space to pipe tweets with that hashtag into the space. You should find that is a source of relevant material in Twitter.
In 2012 a Diigo group was established for the EDP4130 course and I shared selected bookmarks for web resources through that group. 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.