EDUC1049 – Learning Tools for the 21st Century48.4
The course was okay. The lectures and content / 'tools' were more geared towards primary education and it's frustrating that this is a compulsory course for all types of education - at least split the tutorials into primary, middle and secondary so we can specialise in our own teaching year levels. The blog assessment was limiting in that we had to submit through blackboard which limited our creativity and cohesion - which we were marked down for. I liked the idea of the course and it did have good points but I think it needed to be more thought out.
Semester 1 - 2014
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Yes - for half at least
Is the textbook necessary?
No textbook required.
Did learn technology
Geared for primary education
focused heavily on using the technology- not its benefits for teachers
EDUC1049 – Learning Tools for the 21st Century51.7
The biggest assessment item was the Blog - 60% - so you'd think the lectures would cover a lot of the reading's arguments to deconstruct and discuss. But no, the lectures were spent wasting time doing useless polls on a website I will never use in my teacher career.
The lecture did have some productive time, discussing with peers how we'd apply a certain technology to our classroom and the tutors went around to help. But really, the lecture was a waste of time. I always want lectures to answer the "Tell me something I don't know." statement and this course, did show me cool new websites to use, but I could have done that with a friend in my spare time.
That said, my tutor was amazing, (Brendan Markey - sorry if not correct spelling) he gave great feedback (positive and constructive) for assessments and general discussion, and I don't think I would have stuck this course out if it wasn't for his enthusiasm for teaching.
The chocolate reward system (by the lecturer) for participation was little silly and I think as teachers food rewards should be discouraged because they're not about endorsing healthy behaviours.
1.5 hours for the tutorial was great. Allowed enough time to do an activity then talk about it. (I dropped out of this course in 2013 so I know that a simple 50min tutorial was not enough time.)
This course was overall okay, it did show me some new websites that I will use in the future. But the lectures should have been spent learning the ins and outs of IWS and other websites and applications; and also analysing concepts from the readings (!!!!).
Semester 1 - 2014
The tutorial time was really good being 1.5 hours.
EDUC1049 – Learning Tools for the 21st Century34.2
Possibly one of the most pointless courses I've done; very simple concepts that I could have taught myself at home by googling it. 60% of assessment was a blog assignment that was encouraged to be 'written casually'. Backing up the claims that the coordinator relied on rewards like chocolate to motivate the class which only made me feel like a primary school student. The tutorials were far too long and we spent an hour of it talking with friends and waiting for it to end. Tutors were friendly and helpful though.
Semester 1 - 2014
Boring and seemingly pointless
Concepts very shallow
Biased towards technology as the only source of teaching
EDUC1049 – Learning Tools for the 21st Century45.0
They introduced us to some interesting online applications that you could use in the classroom but other than that it wasn't anything new or amazing. Went to a few lectures before realising how useless and mind numbingly boring they were. You could go to no lectures and do no readings and leave assessment to the last minute yet do really well and still understand all the information - that's good or bad thing depending on how lazy you are I guess. Not challenging, very basic. In tutorials, everyone would fly through the tasks we had to complete within the first half hour.
Assessment was never too complicated, which I guess comes from the course being so simple. I never had an issue understanding assessments as they were all straightforward and explained clearly. Probably the best (somewhat enjoyable) component of the course actually; I found the blog assessment interesting.
Semester 1 - 2013
content was either uninteresting or stuff everyone already knew
EDUC1049 – Learning Tools for the 21st Century58.2
In my opinion, this course covered topics that were presented in an extremely biased way, often promoting the use of technology in the classroom in a way that did not allow for disagreement or reconsideration.
Whilst the technology that I learnt about was interesting and will no doubt aid in my future teaching practices, I think there should be more focus on how to implement the technology into current pedagogies, not to replace these ways of teaching completely.
As for the lecturer (Chris Campbell), I feel that she often treated us like primary school children rather than university students and relied heavily on rewards such as chocolate.
It was frustrating and ironic that the technology she was trying to demonstrate often did not work or took a considerable amount of time to work out - which wasted time and made the lectures feel unnecessary.
The tutorials were good but an hour and a half was a bit long.
EDUC1049 – Learning Tools for the 21st Century56.5
God this was so boring! Never went to a lecture in the whole time I was in the course and it didn't disadvantage me at all...The tutorials were fun but the technology used for assignments were very touchy and annoying! So glad I passed and didn't have to do it again!