On Campus
10 x 3-hour workshops per semester

Distance Online
5 x 2-hour online tutorials per semester
5 x 2-hour online exercises per semester
Course context

It is expected that the students will be able to access the online learning modules, be able to work independently and contribute to group (online) learning contexts.

They will also need to be able to implement their learning module with children either in home or school/ centre contexts.

Project, Seminar
Topic description

What is different about learning in the 21st century is that it is multimodal. That is, children have experiences and make meaning using languages, images, in different places and spaces, with new technologies, their bodies, by listening and explaining (linguistic) and they share and explain these experiences in multiple formats in multimodal texts. In this topic we explore 'new learning' (Kalantzis & Cope, 2012) and examine the ways in which we can create contexts for becoming multiliterate in contemporary society.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Explore the dominant theories of learning that are prevalent in educational discourses
  • Investigate the notion of 'new learning' by considering what makes learning different in the 21st century
  • Consider how we can create learning contexts for multimodal learning in contemporary times
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Gain a knowledge base about how children learn in contemporary times
  2. Develop new understandings about what ‘new learning’ might look like in 21st century education
  3. Design new learning contexts that promote deep learning and capable students who are engaged with knowledge production in the 21st century

Key dates and timetable

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Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.