DLRNG301-19B (NET)

Digital Innovation Adoption and Theories of Digital Learning

15 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Te Hononga Curriculum and Pedagogy


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Paper Description

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The increased prevalence and importance of digital technologies to social, economic and educational activities is undeniable. At all levels of education, new and more flexible opportunities and means of learning are emerging, resulting from the affordances of mobile devices and the rise of social and professional networks enabling peer-to-peer learning interaction at places and times suitable to those participating. In classrooms, the effect of digital technologies is no less profound, and is steadily reflected in changes to curriculum designs and pedagogies based on sociocultural rather than behaviourist transmissive learning models. However, while opportunities for digitally-supported learning collaboration have increased, pedgagogies, application and digital system design have generally not kept pace. This paper will develop knowledge of contemporary theories relating to how digital innovations are adopted and integrated into educational contexts, and how learning occurs in digitally-connected, collaborative environments, both online and in more conventional learning scenarios. It will focus specifically on sociocultural theories such as connectivism, networked learning theory, social learning theory, and distributed cognition, drawing relationships between these theories and the design and use of digital learning systems, content and environments.

The paper will also explore processes of digital innovation adoption in educational contexts. Content will identify issues associated with this and the reasons for the relatively limited influence and effect of digital technologies in transforming educational practices, despite profound changes brought about by digital technologies in virtually every other area of our lives (Fullan, 2013). Digital innovation adoption theories and models will be explored, alongside change management.

Theoretical knowledge of this nature is essential to both the end users of digital systems and content and the designers and developers.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is comprised of three modules. The module topics are:

Module One – Digital learning theories

Module Two – Digital Adoption

Module Three – Design application

The paper is taught online between Monday, 8th July and Friday, 11 October 2019.

Virtual meetings may be held in response to student need. The paper will be supported by regular voice-files and YouTube clips.

The teaching recess is from Monday, 19th August until Sunday, 1st September 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Understand and describe the complex factors influencing the adoption of digital innovations in a range of educational contexts;
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  • 2. Understand and explain implications from contemporary theories about learning in digitally-mediated environments (social, connected, collaborative) including online, blended and conventional learning contexts;
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  • 3. Understand and explain how this theoretical knowledge applies to the design, development and use of digital learning environments, systems and content;
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  • 4.understand and explain the relationship between contemporary learning theories, pedagogies and learning design
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There are four assessments, all to be submitted via Moodle.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online discussion topics 2-3
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Online discussion topics 4-6
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
3. Digital Adoption Literature Review
16 Sep 2019
4:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Online seminar
11 Oct 2019
4:00 PM
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no book of readings for this paper. Readings and resources will be available online and linked for each module of study. Students are reminded to consult the online resources available to them.
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Online Support

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This paper is fully online, with all teaching in Moodle via discussion forums, individual/group feedback and Panopto.

Students will need regular and reliable access to the Internet (preferably Broadband) and a computer, for daily access to the class where possible. It is advisable to have a backup plan for access if the primary connection/computer fails at any stage in the semester.

The paper convenor will reply to all Moodle communications within 24 hours during weekdays, and is an active participant in all class discussions.

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This paper has a credit value of 15 points. This paper at 200 level, is expected to take a total of 150 hours to complete. The time spent will include:

  • Participating regularly in discussion within the Moodle forum
  • Reading through the online modules, discussions and resources
  • Finding and reading related information
  • Thinking, reflecting, discussing
  • Preparing responses to questions in the modules
  • Seeking help from resources and others in the class
  • Improving ICT skills generally in order to become a more confident user of the technology
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: DLRNG200 or DLRNG201




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