Welcome

Welcome to ED4130 Technology curriculum and pedagogy.

This course is offered in Semester 1 each year online (WEB mode) and on all three campuses (Fraser Coast, Springfield, and Toowoomba) subject to minimum enrolments. 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. The study schedule includes estimates of the time required for each listed activity. Those estimates are for guidance and may represent the average time required. Individual students can expect to spend more or less time on various activities. Note that the schedule accounts for 100 hours (10 hours per week for 10 weeks of classes) including about 20 hours of independent study time. After allowing time for professional experience (distributed across 4 courses for full time students) there will still be time left for additional independent study.

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 personnel

Course examiner - Peter Albion

Photo of 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 - Tony Dowden

For further information visit Tony's entry in the USQ Staff Directory.

Tutor (Fraser Coast) - Justin Graham

Tutor (Springfield) - Tony Dowden

For further information visit Tony's entry in the USQ Staff Directory.

Tutor (Toowoomba & Online) - Peter Albion

See above.

Course overview

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.

Learning objectives

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

  Objective Assessment Professional Standards
1 Demonstrate understanding of technology as a human activity 1, 2, 3 2.1, 2.4
2 Explain how technology education contributes to general education 1, 3 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, 3 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 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
5 Plan, develop, and evaluate learning activities using pedagogies appropriate to technology education 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 4 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

Introductory material

This introductory material provides an brief overview of the course and requirements. For details of relevant aspects consult the Study Schedule and Assessment sections.

Study material

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 2014 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 just as well in the current version of the system.

In a previous course offer some aspects of assessment required sharing of pages in the eportfolio system. That is not the case for this year 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 the requirements for content curation through Mahara if that is your preference.

Twitter hashtag

You are encouraged to consider using Twitter as part of your professional 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.

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. 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.