INF530 Concepts and Practices for a Digital Age (8)

This subject sets the foundations of connected learning within new information environments created by the social and technological changes of the digital age. By focussing on connectivity, communication, collaboration and convergence, the subject addresses the challenges, opportunities and emerging possibilities for learning and teaching in information-rich participatory environments. Trends in knowledge construction, participation and social networks will be explored, including information futures and digital convergence. The subject introduces education informatics and the scholarship of digital teaching, and models connected learning through group discourse and collaborative inquiry in digital environments, including the reflective and participatory experiences employed throughout the course.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to those students undertaking the Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation), Master of Education (Generic and with Specialisations), Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the evolution of the web that has led to information and knowledge sharing; cloud computing; digital repositories and digital connectedness;
  • be able to identify and critique how current and emerging trends in the creation, circulation and communication of information and knowledge build connected learning;
  • be able to discuss the connections between transliteracy, information fluency and digital proficiency;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how mobile and 'geo-social' relationships of learners, homes, communities, non-formal learning spaces, regions and the globalised economy influence learning;
  • be able to explore and respond creatively to the principles of connected learning as teacher and learner, including collaboratively guiding, constructing and assessing the work of peers;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance and impact of connected learning as drivers to re-imagine learning in schools for a networked world; and
  • be able to examine education informatics from the disciplines of education, information science and information technology.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The information revolution, global connectedness and trends in technology
  • New modes and methods for information organisation and knowledge creation
  • Principles of connected learning, open access and open communities
  • The digital divide and globalization of lifelong and lifewide learning
  • Creative cultures including gaming and maker-spaces
  • Education informatics
  • Re-imagining the experience of education in a digital age

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF530 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflective journal blog post
Scholarly book review
Digital essay and critical reflection

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.