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EDUC432 Special Topic: Digital Technologies and Knowledge Building

New Zealand is fast becoming a knowledge society, and under the New Zealand Curriculum, students are encouraged to become "competent thinkers and problem solvers, [who] actively seek, use, and create knowledge". Our future-oriented education system reflects these changes. This paper is designed for teachers and educators who are interested in supporting young people to develop their capacities in creating knowledge in a future-oriented society. This paper will appeal to future-oriented teachers or educators and will examine theories and practices related to computer-supported collaborative learning and knowledge-building pedagogies. Knowledge Forum will be used in this paper to provide hands-on experience in creating knowledge building environments. No technical computing knowledge is required to take this paper.

Paper title Special Topic: Digital Technologies and Knowledge Building
Paper code EDUC432
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
72 300-level EDUX or EDUC points
Restriction
EDUX 432
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Eligibility
You should be a teacher or have some background in education
Contact
Dr Keryn Pratt (College of Education), keryn.pratt@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Kwok-Wing Lai
Paper Structure
The paper is arranged around several discussion conferences, each looking at a separate topic related to the knowledge-building communities (KBC) model. Conferences normally run for two weeks and involve a combination of readings and online asynchronous discussions.
Teaching Arrangements
This is an online distance learning paper.
Textbooks
Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Critically review theories and practices of computer-supported collaborative learning and knowledge-building pedagogies
  • Critically review the relationship between digital technologies and informal learning
  • Develop strategies to facilitate knowledge building in educational settings
  • Develop expertise in using the networking software Knowledge Forum

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

New Zealand is fast becoming a knowledge society, and under the New Zealand Curriculum, students are encouraged to become "competent thinkers and problem solvers, [who] actively seek, use, and create knowledge". Our future-oriented education system reflects these changes. This paper is designed for teachers and educators who are interested in supporting young people to develop their capacities in creating knowledge in a future-oriented society. This paper will appeal to future-oriented teachers or educators and will examine theories and practices related to computer-supported collaborative learning and knowledge-building pedagogies. Knowledge Forum will be used in this paper to provide hands-on experience in creating knowledge building environments. No technical computing knowledge is required to take this paper.

Paper title Special Topic: Digital Technologies and Knowledge Building
Paper code EDUC432
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
72 300-level EDUX or EDUC points
Restriction
EDUX 432
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Eligibility
You should be a teacher or have some background in education
Contact
postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Kwok-Wing Lai
Paper Structure
The paper is arranged around several discussion conferences, each looking at a separate topic related to the knowledge-building communities (KBC) model. Conferences normally run for two weeks and involve a combination of readings and online asynchronous discussions.
Teaching Arrangements
This is an online distance learning paper.
Textbooks
Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Critically review theories and practices of computer-supported collaborative learning and knowledge-building pedagogies
  • Critically review the relationship between digital technologies and informal learning
  • Develop strategies to facilitate knowledge building in educational settings
  • Develop expertise in using the networking software Knowledge Forum

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard