CQUniversity Unit Profile
OLTC20005 Adult Learning in Practice
Adult Learning in Practice
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General Information

Overview

Adult learning theories inform a wide range of contexts in which humans learn. Adult Learning in Practice addresses approaches to adult learning in formal and informal settings. In this unit you will examine how theories are used to inform and develop your teaching practice. You will explore a variety of teaching methods and learning theories across a number of learning environments. You will apply reflective practice and scholarship to develop your teaching philosophy and inform your teaching practice. You will develop the knowledge and skills to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of a variety of cohorts in various environments.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Reflective Practice Assignment
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Portfolio
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Reflective activities

Recommendation

Review the number of reflective activities.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Outdated videos

Recommendation

Review the currency of videos and update as necessary.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Adapt teaching practices to suit changing environments, contexts and cohorts
  2. Evaluate learning theories and integrate into teaching practice
  3. Reflect on evidence of teaching quality to affect improvements
  4. Engage in scholarly learning and teaching practice
  5. Examine the impact that learning environments have on teaching practices.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
2 - Portfolio - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment - 0%
2 - Portfolio - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Julie Fleming Unit Coordinator
j.fleming@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Being a student

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Understanding the student cohort

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Learning theories

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Learning styles

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Experience - learners/teachers

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Teaching styles

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Teaching video and personal evaluation Due: Week 6 Tuesday (20 Apr 2021) 4:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Scholarship/reflection

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Changing environments

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Teaching philosophies

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Technology and e-learning

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Teaching portfolio Due: Week 11 Tuesday (25 May 2021) 4:45 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Review

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

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Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

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Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Reflective Practice Assignment

Assessment Title
Teaching video and personal evaluation

Task Description

This teaching lesson task is designed to give you the opportunity to: (i) demonstrate how you teach; (ii) self-assess how you teach; and, (iii) get constructive feedback to improve your teaching practice.


For this assessment task, you will create an engaging teaching video. In the video you will teach a single concept from your discipline. This will involve succinctly explaining this concept to a novice. The teaching video should include an introduction, body and conclusion, and demonstrate as many of your teaching techniques as possible. Do not record an actual teaching session with students. This is a simulated teaching experience, compacted into 5 minutes. Your video should be an MP4 format or a YouTube link.

After you have developed your teaching video, use the criteria sheet for Assessment Task 1 to review your video, using the specific criteria. Be honest with your evaluation. You should submit this criteria sheet along with your teaching video to the Moodle site for review and feedback. Please refer to the Moodle site for a range of resources to assist in your development of your teaching video, the criteria sheet and an exemplar.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Tuesday (20 Apr 2021) 4:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Monday (26 Apr 2021)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
You must receive a Pass to successfully complete this unit

Assessment Criteria

This assessment task is graded according to how well you have met the specified requirements, and in accordance with the assessment criteria outlined below:
LENGTH - Lesson was planned and produced well, which meant the end published product was in the limits of 5 minutes.
COMMUNICATION - Clarity of purpose and coherence of expression (vocalisation, spelling, grammar, syntax); appropriate oral and written conventions used. Learning outcome was stated and achieved.
AUDIENCE - Takes account of diverse audience needs by using a blend of learning styles, culturally inclusive language and mixed media elements. If necessary, noted the intended audience.
TEACHING STYLE - Persuasive and compelling through the use of eye contact, and a range of teaching techniques that kept the audience on task.
TECHNOLOGY - Awareness and competence of the technology was used. Innovation resulting in a well-executed lesson.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
When you upload an mp4 file, you might get a warning message: "You must upload a supported file type for this assignment. Accepted file types are; .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .pdf, .txt, .htm, .html, .hwp, .odt, .wpd, .ps and .rtf" This is a standard message and should not prevent your file from being submitted.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Adapt teaching practices to suit changing environments, contexts and cohorts
  • Evaluate learning theories and integrate into teaching practice
  • Examine the impact that learning environments have on teaching practices.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Teaching portfolio

Task Description

The Teaching Portfolio Assessment is designed to give you the opportunity to collect and maintain evidence as part of your continual development as an educator. The assessment task will be developed through activities provided throughout the unit. These activities are numbered from 1 through to 21 within your Learning Guide (available from Moodle). There are a number of other activities that are not compulsory for this task. Only submit the numbered activities that are in red. You should not leave this task to the last minute. 21 individual tasks does take a little bit of time and effort from you. Your teaching portfolio can be developed on a number of platforms. Be as creative as you like. For example:

SPARK (relatively simple to use and creates a great look. See exemplar)
Powerpoint
Website (for example WordPress)
Word


Please push yourself in terms of trying a technology that you haven't used previously. It will help your teaching practice. Please refer to the Moodle site for more information and exemplars. There is no word limit for this task.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Tuesday (25 May 2021) 4:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
You must receive a Pass to successfully complete this unit

Assessment Criteria

This assessment task is marked according to how well you have met the specified requirements, and in accordance with the marking criteria outlined below:

SCHOLARSHIP - Critical analysis of the activities, understanding appropriate pedagogical solutions. Examination and interpretation of resources (e.g. research, policies); dissemination of evaluative and creative ideas related to the discipline and/or the discipline of learning and teaching.
ENGAGEMENT - Actively engages in the activities presented with a mature understanding of self as an educator.
TECHNOLOGY - Awareness and competence of the technology used. Innovation resulting in a well-executed portfolio aligning with contemporary educational practice.
COMMUNICATION - Easy to read, follow and understand. Spelling, grammar and syntax are appropriate portfolio conventions. Multimedia applied.
REFLECTION - Critical reflection on self and educational practice. Discussion on continuous improvement and personal and professional development. Teaching philosophy aligns with evidence.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
If you are submitting a url, please add this to the criteria sheet and submit this document. Make sure you have provided me with access. Otherwise, just submit your document (word or powerpoint).

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Reflect on evidence of teaching quality to affect improvements
  • Engage in scholarly learning and teaching practice
  • Examine the impact that learning environments have on teaching practices.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.