Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit supports students to design and develop a learning event around sustainability. It positions learning for sustainability within a dialogic tradition of adult education which has a strong orientation to active learning, participation and change. Within this tradition of learning, an approach to learning design which anchors learners into learning and then builds their learning sequentially is explored. Students design a short learning session to develop participant learning around a concept of their choice within a personally and professionally relevant context.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify the features of dialogic learning and locate it as a particular education tradition
  2. evaluate the philosophical and pedagogical purposes around learning designs for sustainability
  3. articulate the four stages of a learning design and identify the pedagogical purpose of each
  4. create a learning design which showcases dialogue, active learning, participation and change within it.


Learning design 1 (1800 words equivalent, 45%)
Learning design 2 (1800 words equivalent, 45%)
Learning design reflection (400 words, 10%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week for six weeks (144 hours total per term) comprising:

(a.) Study schedule for online students:

  • 4 hours of directed online activities per week

(d.) Additional requirements:

  • 20 hours of independent study per week


Two of EDF5580, EDF5581 or EDF5582