OLTC20005 - Adult Learning in Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
2. Portfolio 0%

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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 66.67% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Reflective activities
Recommendation
Review the number of reflective activities.
Action Taken
The reflective activities are an important component of the second assessment, that is personalised and asks students specific questions for their reflection. Students that are not use to 'reflecting' on their teaching do find it difficult. Also, writing in first person is also a difficult task for some. However, in an effort to get staff to think about their teaching practice, it is imperative that this tasks remains. The reflective activities have been updated, although the number of activities has only decreased by 1 over the last year.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Outdated videos
Recommendation
Review the currency of videos and update as necessary.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator has updated some videos to ensure the demonstration of contemporary practice. There is a set of 3 videos that are more than 10 years old. However, these are important to show the history of education moving from large lecture theatres and face-to-face teaching, to where we are today to totally online.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
More virtual classrooms throughout the term via Zoom would have been useful.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will schedule a further Zoom session.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio