TEAC 5040 Digital Literacies in Education

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Jose Hanham Opens in new window

Description This subject will introduce, develop and apply innovative digital literacy skills needed to be successful in the teaching profession. The subject will address digital literacy as a multidimensional skill-set covering domains related to: i) searching, accessing, analysing, and critically evaluating information; ii) communicating and sharing information; iii) creating digital products; iv) safety, and v) problem-solving. The subject will focus on the digital learner, instructional design in digital contexts, e-safety, social media, intellectual property and legal implications for teachers. The unit will assess the critical analysis, creation and application of digital literacy skills for teachers as determined by the Australian Professional Teaching Standards.

School Education

Discipline Teacher Education, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 5 subject


Students must be enrolled in program Master of Teaching (Secondary) (1714) to register in this subject.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate the relevant issues of a digital and globalised world and effective strategies to support the sustainable, safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching. 
  2. Apply instructional design and multimedia principles to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
  3. Critically evaluate, retrieve, manipulate, and manage information from a range of digital sources.
  4. Create engaging and accessible digital content for educational contexts
  5. Reflect on digital literacy to identify and plan professional learning needs.

Subject Content

Module 1 – Who is our digital learner in the current educational context including aspects of learner motivation, cognition, and development?

Module 2 – Instructional Design and features of visual, accessible and design concepts and navigation

Module 3 – Creating Digital Content for educational settings and curriculum areas.

Module 4 – Technology and the Law for teachers related to e-safety, intellectual property and copyright, digital creative commons

Module 5 – Social media and effects on learning in young people and adolescents. 

Module 6 – Data & UX/IX designing digital spaces, artefacts and content for educational contexts. Understanding and applying data analysis skills to student assessment data in school related settings.

Module 7 – Universal Design Principles and creation of new content and media for education. 


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practical 4 minutes duration for presentation 30 N Group
Reflection 2 minutes duration 20 N Individual
Professional Task 1000-1500 words 50 N Individual

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