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INF532 Knowledge Networking for Educators (8)

Abstract

This subject examines the educational practices of connected learning environments within distributed networks of people and institutions, including schools, information organisations and online communities. Knowledge networking is introduced as an active and complementary partnership of online tools, information access, information distribution and pedagogic practices, which are underpinned by social, ubiquitous, blended and personalized learning. Research foundations and case studies will define the value and function of personal knowledge networks.  The subject examines tools and opportunities to produce, circulate, curate and comment on new media and explore the affordances of popular peer-culture tools and community-based knowledge for connected learning.

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Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Information Studies

Assumed Knowledge

Nil

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to those students undertaking the Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the life-cycle of information, its history and its future;
  • be able to locate and evaluate a range of innovative online tools and spaces for creative knowledge production and learner engagement;
  • be able to use a suite of new media tools for information management, content creation, content curation, collaborative work, and connecting social networks and communities of practice within and beyond the school;
  • be able to describe and critique the interplay between formal and informal learning in physical and digital venues, and approaches such as the flipped classroom;
  • be able to build on knowledge networking to strengthen school-based classroom engagement and learning through intentional and reflective online instructional design;
  • be able to design, develop and deploy products, tools or strategies that show an understanding of education informatics; and
  • be able to utilise a personal learning network to enhance professional growth, personal knowledge management and collective intelligence practices.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
  • An introduction to the philosophy of information in digital environments and the relationship to education informatics
  • Managing information and knowledge with online tools and digital environments
  • Network literacy, peer-to-peer principles, practices and methods
  • Contributing to and communicating effectively in communities and knowledge networks
  • Collaborative and cooperative learning that broadens the curriculum into digital environments
  • Integrating connected learning to strengthen standards-based curricula, instruction, and assessment
  • Knowledge networking for professional development.

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The information contained in the 2014 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 March 2014. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.