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Intended target audience

This course is designed for existing or future education and training practitioners who have the equivalent of a degree and are working in the sector. The intended target audience for this course include:

  • Teachers and working in the school sector,
  • Lecturers working in community colleges, polytechnics and universities,
  • Trainers and tutors working in the vocational education and corporate training sectors,
  • Teacher educators, lecturers and trainers of trainers,
  • Leaders in education and training institutions
  • Anyone interested in change and digital technologies in education participating in the OERu open access version for personal learning and enrichment.

Learning outcomes



The aim of this course is to study change with digital technologies in education and to apply this knowledge to local contexts.


On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the diversity of educational, social, cultural and technical factors impacting the diffusion of digital technologies applied within education and/or training
  • Analyse and evaluate using multiple perspectives on ICT in education, including: the innovation, the classroom, the school, the region, and global perspectives
  • Critically evaluate theoretical models of change with the diffusion of innovations and related literature
  • Critically examine case studies and related research
  • Research and generate scenarios to inform strategic decision-making associated with technology and fundamental change in education
  • Demonstrate knowledge of change with digital technologies in education and training contexts and be able to apply this knowledge within familiar ecosystem(s)

Overview of the delivery model

In the OERu offering the course will be based on self-paced online learning materials designed for independent study. Students will be required to participate in an open international online workshop incorporating MOOC-like features with educators from around the world hosted by the OER Foundation on scenario planning for digital futures in education.

Integrated activities for peer-learning interaction (microblogs, blog posts and discussion forum posts) are embedded in the course design. Learners are required to maintain an open learning journal reflecting on their learning journey during the course.

The course will also incorporate the ‘pedagogy of discovery’ (including self-discovery) to engender a free-range learning pedagogy for significant components of the course. This pedagogy fosters self-directed content gathering and analysis rather than content that is pre-selected by the examiner, thus enabling learners to seek out information and areas of study of personal and direct interest or relevance to their own interests or career paths.

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail and Internet access. The course presumes basic computer literacy and web-navigation. Digital and social media literacy skills relevant to finding relevant OERs and peer-sharing of their learning journey.

Assessment model

The assessment will be finalised at least one month before the start of the course in July 2013.

Students will be required to submit four assessment items for the course:

  1. Review of change model applied to personal context, weighted 20%
  2. Scenario building project, weighted 30%
  3. Participation and reflective journal, weighted 20%
  4. Research paper / cases study to meet the standards of an academic publication, weighted 30%

Note: Learners are required to post a reflective journal blog each week and then select their 5 reflections for inclusion in the participation and reflective journal assignment.

To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must submit all assignments and achieve at least 50% of the marks. To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

Interaction strategies

Student-content interactions

  • A series of short video signposts will be used to provide students with an orientation to each of the major topics
  • Students will work through a series of online tutorials designed for independent study.
  • Students will use e-Learning activities to locate, read and analyse OER relevant to the learning objectives for particular units.
  • These e-Learning activities will provide a substantive component of course content for the open education practice course.
  • Authentic development of OER learning materials.
  • Workshop on scenarios for the future will be piloted with an innovative MOOC-like approach in advance of the course.

Student-student interactions

Students will be able to interact via a number of MOOC-like technologies which will be harvested using an aggregated timeline for the interactions:

  • Microblog activities and posts.
  • Discussion forum posts
  • Personal blog posts and comments
  • Ask OERu, a community-based question and answer forum.

Student-support interactions

  • Students will be encouraged to use a the peer-support question and answer forum for addressing support questions.
  • Academic volunteers will be able to add support to learners and we hope to build a community of support volunteers from alumni of the course.