EDUC 1003 - Games, Media and ICT Literacies
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 1003 Course Games, Media and ICT Literacies Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 36 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions This class is only open for students in the University Preparatory Program or the Wirltu Yarlu Preparatory Program. Course Description This course begins with exploring the ubiquity of video games and digital media in contemporary society as a way of identifying and developing students' Information and Computing Technology (ICT) skills. The aim is to provide students with the relevant capacities needed for tertiary education, but these skills will be also relevant and useful for students in future professional contexts.
Students will be given opportunities to explore the use of ICTs during the course, and to gain skills in word processing, using simple spreadsheets, accessing online sources, and participating in online discussions and digital presentations. They will explore how a variety of video games engage ICT skills and literacies, but will not be expected to 'perform' or 'compete' in games unless they choose to. The use of gaming and digital media literacies will focus on learning in a tertiary context, and how these literacies will be used for learning at the University of Adelaide
Course Coordinator: Ms Amy Robinson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Reflect on their own capacities for using computers and the digital environment for specific purposes, and improve in self-identified areas;
2. Search for and download digital content related to a specific area of focus;
3. Critique digital content and evaluate it for credibility;
4. Use a variety of basic computer applications relevant to University study;
5. Use advanced online communication tools such as Skype and Virtual Classroom;
6. Adapt to new digital environments and computer applications;
7. Find and use resources to help digital adaptation, and troubleshoot problems in negotiating digital environments;
8. Create digital content and share it publicly or privately via the Web 2.0 environment.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 5, 6, 7 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 5, 8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2, 3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 6, 7, 8
Required ResourcesA specific aim of this course is to encourage students to explore and find their own resources that they can use to support their learning in the digital environment. Therefore the course will not provide all the resources that students need to succeed, but will suggest resources that may be explored further independently.
Due ot the nature of this course it is absolutely essential that students use MyUni as a baseline resource for information and communication. MyUni will be supplemented by various digital resources as directed by the learner.
Recommended ResourcesPlease see MyUni for details.
Online LearningAlmost all learning in this course will happen online, and this means much more than just using MyUni (although this is an important resource as well). The purpose of this course is to encourage facility with using computers and the internet through immersion, so almost everything you do will be online. Class is just an opportunity to ask questions and get support in a face-to-face environment.
MyUni will be used for essential communication including via email, so please check your University email regularly (at least three times a week). If you have a smartphone it is strongly recommended that you set up your email on it for easy and regular access to your University email. For guidance on how to do this, visit:
Remember, the most useful portal for all University online activities is Unified:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesRather than an ICT competency-based approach that seeks to give students skills in using discrete computer applications for future use in study, this course uses an inquiry-based learning approach. Therefore, students are required to begin with their own passion or interest and develop their own learning activities (facilitated by the teacher) to achieve the learning outcomes of the course. The course will focus on adapting to and inhabiting the digital environment (particularly in the World Wide Web) for self-identified goals. This is because the digital environment is changing so rapidly that you may be required to use computer applications that have not been invented yet: this also applies to your professional life after University.
Due to this unique approach to digital literacies, there will be limited direct instruction in class. The focus will not be on a teacher giving instructions on how to use a particular computer application, although this will occasionally happen (mostly in lectures). Rather, the focus will be on students exploring the digital environment for applications and resources that allows them to develop a project of their own choosing. The teacher will be available to guide students and help solve problems, but will facilitate learning rather than transmit knowledge.
Broadly, the course will shift from downloading to uploading. In other words, the beginning of the semester will focus on retrieving information from the Web, and comprehending and critiquing it through synthesis with other sources. Later in the semester students will begin to develop their own digital content that they will share (privately or publicly) via the Web. The focus is on the activities used to create and share the created digital artefact, rather than its actual content. However, there will also be a focus on evaluating, critiquing, and synthesising information and data found in digital sources.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Workload 1 x 1 hour lecture per week (12) 12 hours 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week (12) 24 hours 1x 4 hour directed digital activities per week
and participation in online discussions (x12)
48 hours 6 hours per week primary research and independent
digital activities (x12)
72 hours Total 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Tutorial (10:00 – 12:00) Lecture (13:00 – 14:00) Week 1 Online Introductions: Student Survey; Digital Literacy Self-assessment and Goal-setting; MyUni Searching the Web: Browsers; Topic Searches; Critiquing Digital Information; Citation; Plagiarism Week 2 Search Techniques Practice: Hotkeys; Semantic Web and Web-based Ontologies Storing and Processing Information: Storage Devices; File & Folder Organisation; Microsoft Office Week 3 Advanced features and Task Achievement with the Microsoft suite of Software Image & Video Processing: File Types; Software Overview (Opensource vs Paid); Ethics Week 4 Graphics Manipulation for Web 2.0 use SNS (Social Networking Services) and Blogs: Social Impact; Privacy Week 5 Future Communication Technologies: Eyes-on with VR (Virtual Reality); Project Introduction Future Communication Technologies: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality – Screens, Sensors, and Differences Week 6 Project Proposal Development and the Skills Needed Collaborative Communication Technologies: Google Software – The Options Available Week 7 Collaborative Communication Technologies: Google Software Setup and Functionality Creating Websites: Google Sites and Wix Introduction Week 8 Project Development: Google Sites and Wix Tools Overview Game Creation: Game Engine Overview and Basics Week 9 Class Discussion: Games and Learning Advanced Technologies: 3D Printing and 3D modelling Week 10 Project Development Advanced Communication Technologies: Skype and Virtual Classroom Week 11 Class Discussion: Virtual Classrooms and Communication Technology in 10 Years Sample Project Presentations Week 12 Project Finalisation Presenting Projects
For clarification on which dates correspond to which weeks, please
Specific Course RequirementsTo pass this course, students must attend at least 75% of tutorials; in cases of absence for medical or compassionate reasons, documentation must be provided and students must still attend at least 50% of classes. If students fail to attend the minimum required number of tutorials, they will be considered to have not completed an assignment (see below).
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task (relevant learning outcomes) Task Type Due date Results posted Weighting Length Suggested workload* Digital Literacy Reflective Journal 1
(1, 3, 6, 7)
Formative; Individual; Written
5pm, Friday Week 3
10% 500 words (references not included) 12 hours Formative Project Proposal
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Formative; Individual; Written; Graphic content 5pm, Friday Week 8 Monday
20% 500 words (references not included) 20 hours Digital Literacy Reflective Journal 2 including evidence
(1, 3, 6, 7)
Summative; Individual; Written 5pm, Friday Week 11 Monday
15% 750 words (references not included) 15 hours Digital portfolio
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Summative; Individual; Written; Digital artifact creation 5pm, Friday Swotvac Week Final Day of Examinations 45% 1500 words or equivalent as negotiated (references not included) 25 hours Course Participation (online and in class)
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Formative Ongoing, every week Final Day of Examinations 10% n/a 36 hours
For clarification on which dates correspond to which weeks, please visit: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/dates/
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must attempt all assessment tasks to pass this course. Since the University Preparatory Program is designed to prepare students for success at University, completing and submitting all assignments is central to the intended learning outcomes of the program and each course within it. Often, at least attempting and submitting assignments in the face of difficulty or adversity is enough for success at University and the UPP encourages this resilience by employing this policy in select courses. Please note that the absolute last date for the submission of assignments in Semester 1 is the end of Swot Vac week, which is one week after the final assignment is due.
If a student fails to submit all assessment tasks and would otherwise have received a grade greater than 45, they will be given a nominal grade of 45 (Fail) for that course in that semester. This will permit them to undertake additional assessment (formerly called academic supplementary assessment) at the Course Coordinator’s discretion, as per policy at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/supps.html
It is not necessary to apply for additional assessment; this assessment will usually consist of the missed pieces of assessment, but the course coordinator may require more. As per policy 18.104.22.168, if the student
passes the additional assessment to the Course Coordinator’s satisfaction, the maximum grade they can get for the course is 50 (Pass). If a student’s raw grade is below 45, regardless of whether all tasks have been attempted, this score will stand unless exceptional, documented circumstances apply as per the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html
Substantial non-engagement in this course (evidenced by repeated non-attendance at tutorials and failure to submit assessments) may result in students being withdrawn from the University Preparatory Program and being required to apply for reinstatement if they wish to continue.
Assessment DetailPlease see MyUni for assignment details.
SubmissionAll assignments will be electronically submitted via MyUni, except for in-class assessments. MyUni will have “Blog” for you to submit your Project Proposal and Final Project; wathever format you choose for your project it must be posted via the blog. (For example, you can provide a link to the YouTube file or website you develop.)
Students may be granted extensions to assignments on medical or compassionate grounds; documentation to support these ground will be required. Requests for extension must be made before the due date; requests for extension submitted after the due date will not be considered. All extension requests must be submitted to the Course Coordinator (Chad Habel: firstname.lastname@example.org);
any extensions granted by the lecturer or tutor will not be considered valid.
All extension requests will be administered according to the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/
For a concise information sheet on this policy, please visit http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/pdfs/maca_medical_compassionate_info.pdf
Penalties for Late Submission
Unless the Course Profile states otherwise when an assessment is submitted after the due date, and without an extension, 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours late will lose 10%, etc. Hard copy submissions made after 5.00pm on a Friday will be assumed to have been submitted on the next business day and will be penalised 5% per day for every day including weekend days and public holidays. This penalty may be increased where the assignment is to be completed in a period of less than a week.
This course aims to return assessed work within 2 weeks of its submission, although this cannot be guaranteed. The resubmission of assignments is not possible for this course, except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Course Coordinator.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
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