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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.

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Prescriptions for the GradCert(DigLn) and GradDip(DigLn)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Digital Learning at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Education Academic Office.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX101Introduction to Computer Science19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Media19B (Hamilton), 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China) & 19D (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Fluency19A (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 Production19A (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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 Society19B (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 cont...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX221Programming for Creative Industries19A (Hamilton)
A fundamental grounding in object-oriented programming that uses Processing software to creative visual outputs for creative industries.
COMPX222Web Development19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
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
COMPX252Applied Computing Tools 219A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga) & 19S (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 Possibilities19A (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.
DLRNG201Exploring Digital Learning: Design Principles and Teaching Strategies19B (Online)
This paper examines pedagogical approaches to digital technology integration in learning contexts, and derives evidence-based principles underpinning effective digital pedagogies. Students learn to apply the principles from literature/sources presented in class to critique and design of digital learning experiences/resources.
MEDIA203Digital Arts and Cultures19A (Hamilton)
The paper examines how traditional analogue media are being supplemented by digital media and the impact it is having on creative and artistic practices. Digital media is best understood as a complex process that involves the transformation of existing cultural forms and skills leading to more hybrid media forms and interdisciplina...

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX324User Experience Design19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) where students develop skills and techniques for the design and evaluation of modern computer interfaces.
DLRNG301Digital Innovation Adoption and Theories of Digital Learning19B (Online)
This paper explores contemporary theories associated with digital innovation adoption and the design, development and use of digital systems, content and environments, with particular focus on social, distributed, networked and collaborative learning.
DSIGN350Intern Project19A (Hamilton)
This paper will induct the design student into the professional environment where the student applies design skills, research methodology and production skills to allocated projects or industry placement.


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