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EEL702 - New and Traditional Literacies and Diverse Student Needs


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 2020 is the final offering of this unit

Trimester 2: Cloud (online), CBD*


Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Anne Cloonan




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery



This unit draws on contemporary knowledge of diversity of student learning needs and the teaching and learning of new and traditional literacies. In contemporary classrooms, diversity is increasingly appreciated in terms of the funds of knowledge students bring to learning and the desirability of student voice. In the contemporary communications environment, the nature of texts and meaning-making is being altered by new technologies requiring expanded definitions of literacy.

Through the use of core and elective materials, this unit involves participants in investigating ways in which teachers can engage the diverse students they work with in developing new and traditional literacies. Core materials engage participants with current debates, issues in the field, teaching strategies and resources and emphasise the importance of drawing on students' strengths and funds of knowledge, empowering them through a range of literate practices.

Through engagement with elective materials, participants select an area of specialisation and employ research skills to self-source materials related to their selected area. They may focus on developing ways of engaging and teaching literacies to students with particular educational needs or choose to investigate a literacies related issue. Within the selected specialisation, participants research, develop, implement and reflect on a school-based application of their learning.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Conduct ongoing inquiries into changing notions of literacy including challenges to traditional forms of knowledge and literacy presented by new technologies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Articulate ways in which both literacies and educational needs are socially constructed

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Analyse the educational needs of diverse students and seek ways to engage them through new and traditional literacies

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Design and apply changed pedagogies in the areas of educational need and literacies issues with students

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Reflect on personal professional skills and practices

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Critical reflection essay on research readings on a negotiated topic 2500 words 50% Week 5
Assessment 2 - Application of learning series of lessons OR presentation: Application of learning based on research design, implementation and reflection on a series of literacy sessions or a digital resource to support personalised student learning 2500 words or equivalent 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement


Completion and documentation of 2 days of professional development relating to the Practicum Case Study. Knowledge of relevant support services related to the field.

Students who fail a hurdle requirement will be ineligible for a Pass Conceded grade for that unit and will receive a result of no more than 44% for that unit, waived under special consideration arrangements.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EEL702 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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