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Learning and the Digital Generations (EDUC10056)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeEDUC10056
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce students to the complex and emerging relationships between learning and digital communications. Drawing on the idea of digital generations, it enables students to gain an understanding of the ways in which digital communication is integrated into the lives of new generations. The subject will enable students to understand the ways in which young people both access and produce knowledge, blurring the boundaries of knowledge production and consumption and local and global spaces. It will explore how digital communications open up new opportunities for learning in both formal (e.g. schools) and informal (e.g. leisure) settings, challenging traditional ideas about where and how young people learn. It will also enable students to understand more about the ways in which digital communication technologies can enable disadvantaged young people to draw on local and global ideas and resources and produce new cultural knowledge through the use of new (digital) literacies and forms of civic engagement. Finally the subject will draw on both local and global examples, including the role of digital communications in youth-led revolutionary movements. On completion of this subject students will have a deepened understanding of the potential uses of digital communications for producing new knowledge and expanding the possibilities for learning.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Have a knowledge of the relationship between learning and digital communications
  • Understand the role of digital communications in supporting global flows of ideas, knowledge and products
  • Be aware of the ways in which digital communications promote new literacies and can benefit disadvantaged young people
  • Have an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that digital communications present for education and learning in the 21 st Century

Generic skills

This subject should enable students to:

  • Become active global citizens
  • Be critical and creative thinkers, capable of understanding how digital communications blur production/consumption, learning/teaching, local/global
  • Engage meaningfully in public discourse about digital communications
  • Have an understanding of the ways in which digital communications supports cultural diversity

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



There are two assessment tasks:

  • Research essay 1 drawing on appropriate literature and concepts introduced in lectures and tutorials , 1500 words, due early in the semester, 40%
  • Research essay 2, drawing on appropriate literature and concepts introduced in lectures and tutorials, 2500 words, due late in the semester, 60%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorHernan Cuervo
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours
    Total time commitment120 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

120 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019