Empowering teachers for the digital revolution

29 OCTOBER 2013

From game-based learning to social media for home-work; information technology is changing the way children learn but many teachers still aren't equipped to make the most of it, according to Charles Sturt University (CSU) digital education expert Ms Judy O'Connell.

From game-based learning to social media for home-work; information technology is changing the way children learn but many teachers still aren’t equipped to make the most of it, according to Charles Sturt University (CSU) digital education expert Ms Judy O’Connell.
 
Ms Judy O'Connell“It’s not simply a technology or device issue, so much as a need for innovative ways to think about old and new media,” said Ms O’Connell who is Course Director at CSU’s School of Information Studies.
 
“Literacy and information fluency in digital environments is our contemporary challenge. The ‘App generation’ needs socially connected technology and ready forms of online communication embedded into the curriculum ecosystems in our schools.”
 
Ms O’Connell said there’s a plethora of flexible teaching tools for teachers, but using them can be challenging and, at times, intimidating. 
 
“Students are no longer limited to learning material available within the confines of their school but are able to draw on almost boundless resources on digital devices and online,” she said.
 
“They need guidance from teachers with expertise in navigating diverse information pathways within their personal and creative learning environments, socially connected networks, and globally enriched contexts.”
 
In recognition of this, CSU Is launching a new post-graduate course, the Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation), to help educators make the most of the digital revolution.
 
The course can be studied part-time over two years by distance education from 2014 through the School of Information Studies in Wagga Wagga.
 
Ms O’Connell said the flexible online program is designed for qualified education professionals including primary and secondary school teachers, teacher educators, learning support specialists and librarians.
 
“The course examines global knowledge networks and the opportunities for innovation in learning and teaching in these information-rich participatory digital environments,” she said. 
 
“While the value of information as knowledge remains at the heart of learning and teaching, technologies and social media platforms are driving an unprecedented reorganisation of the learning environment in and beyond schools.”.

Share this article
share

Share on Facebook Share
Share on Twitter Tweet
Share by Email Email
Share on LinkedIn Share
Print this page Print

Albury-Wodonga Bathurst Canberra Orange Port Macquarie Wagga Wagga Ontario, Canada Charles Sturt University Teaching and Education Society and Community