Digital Learning

Technology is now part of everyday life and is increasingly becoming part of our learning environments. With Digital Learning at Waikato you will develop an understanding of the importance it plays in education.

Digital Learning blends both technical and pedagogical skill sets. It builds knowledge of digital technologies for and in teaching and learning (pedagogical focus) and to develop understanding of teaching and learning which will encourage better design, development, deployment and evaluation of such technologies (technical focus). Digital Learning includes a range of papers from the education, computer science, screen and media, and graphic and design disciplines.

Digital Learning is available as a major for the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Digital Learning may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces computer programming in C# - the exciting challenge of creating software and designing artificial worlds within the computer. It also covers concepts such as the internals of the home computer, the history and future of computers, cyber security, computer gaming, databases, mobile computing and current researc...
COMPX161Computing Media18B (Hamilton)
In this paper students will create multimedia web content using appropriate software packages. Web design concepts will be introduced for the effective use of text, images and sounds. Students will be introduced to relevant computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
DLRNG100Developing Digital Fluency18A (Online)
This paper offers a foundation for students learning to navigate and communicate effectively through digital learning environments. It incorporates purposeful selection of technologies for learning, and digital literacy which includes being able to research, create, evaluate and apply technical skills while doing so.
DSIGN125Introduction to Communication Design Production18A (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to perform basic computing operations and to operate software packages for the manipulation of visual images and text for use in print and screen-based applications. Students will be introduced to basic computing concepts and provided with software tutorials and related exercises.
MEDIA101Media, Culture and Society18B (Hamilton)
Do you ever pause to reflect on the media content that you engage with on a daily basis? Your product choices (e.g smartphones), or practices (e.g. googling)? Or how particular media structures are shaping our lives? In this paper students learn to understand the importance of developing a critical perspective on who owns and contr...

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries18A (Hamilton)
A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
COMPX222Internet Applications18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a broad overview of the principles and technologies used in Internet Applications, with practical experience of client-side and server-side programming
COMPX252Interactive Computing18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
This paper provides an opportunity to explore several software applications in depth. It is based on an intensive laboratory programme, where students tailor their choices to their own needs and interests by selecting two themes from a set of modules.
DLRNG200Digital Learning: Critical Perspectives and Lifelong Possibilities18A (Online)
This paper examines educational uses of digital technologies, with an emphasis on learning through electronic networks, including social media. The paper explores evolving theoretical shifts and policy directions alongside topical issues and practical perspectives.
MEDIA203Media and Digital Practices18A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on cultural paradigms, theoretical concepts and critical perspectives relevant to (new) digital media practice. The discussion is complemented by the integration of digital tools and techniques in the realisation of individual and group creative projects.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX324User Experience DesignThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
DSIGN350Intern Project18A (Hamilton)
This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies two and three dimensional design skills, research methodology and production skills to allocated projects. The relationship between the student and the client is monitored and guided by a tutor who also supervises and guides the st...