Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The effective use of communicative resources is central to partnerships, learning and teaching, working and socialising. Digital tools are an increasing part of those different relationships as communicative resources transform in response to recognition of the power of informal varieties, hybrid language, images, emoticons and emoji and tools such as social media. Students will explore what it means to be 'literate' or an effective user of such communicative resources with different learners and in different learning context as well as in face to face and digital interactions in teaching, learning and assessment.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will evaluate their personal experiences of communication for learning .

A reflective personal statement critically analysing experiences of communication for learning

02. Students will work in teams to critically apply established theories of communication to the analysis of communication for learning issues in a real world context

Preparation for debate involving analysis of the diverse aspects of a real-world educational issue as coherent and cohesive whole

03. Students will demonstrate critical analysis of communication for learning and the capacity to communicate their understanding to others.

A debate in class between alternative positions on communication for learning

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Winter semester, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 27 - 27
Four 6.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 27 to week 27 and delivered via face-to-face.
"4 sessions - Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri at the Bundoora campus"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 27 - 27
Two 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 27 to week 27 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Reflective essay - 2000 words50 01
Oral debate - 2500 word equivalenceAssessment includes lecturer and peer review50 02, 03