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Practical Methods of Instruction (EDN541)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal
Description This unit explores the theory, research and practice of instructional methods that can be used in a variety of settings (with an emphasis on tertiary and adult education). Students will learn concrete ways to assess, refine and improve their instructional practice and have a range of methods they can use in their teaching context. This unit is suitable for those new to the discipline of instruction and for experienced teachers, wanting to refine and extend their evidence based instructional repertoire.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students will be able to:
1. Differentiate between instructional theoretical perspectives and explain the relationship between empirical instructional research, theory and practice.
2. Critically reflect on a selected range of instructional organisers and explain how the research informs the selection and use of specific instructional methods.
3. Critically analyse the relationship between emotional safety and learning and identify, select and apply a range of instructional methods to explicitly promote, create and maintain emotional safety and inclusivity.
4. Identify, analyse and explain the critical attributes, research and theory supporting the use of range of didactic instructional methods.
5. Identify, analyse and explain the critical attributes, research and theory supporting the use of range of collaborative instructional methods and demonstrate and ability to structure, monitor, support and assess effective and inclusive group activities.
6. Identify, analyse and explain the critical attributes, theory and research supporting the use of range of visual instructional methods.
7. Identify, analyse and explain the principles and application of ICT instructional models.
8. Identify, analyse and evaluate peer referenced research on instructional methods and use this to design and conduct lessons demonstrating the integrated use of a range of instructional and methods in a specific learning context.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 2 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The flipped classroom approach to learning in this unit uses a blended strategy of lecture and individual and group learning activities. All students will engage in some level of online learning.
Other Learning Experiences Lectures: 1 hour per week (on-line, to be reviewed prior to Workshop).
Assessment Assessments include the following: 1. Instructional Practicum Portfolio 2. Professional Learning Research Project 3. Weekly Learning Activities. These tasks provide opportunity for students to demonstrate an understanding and application of their instructional skills and knowledge.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate qualification or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Tertiary and Adult Education (GradCertTerAdEd)
Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace) (GradDipEd)
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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