Course Title: Education Futures: Imagining Policy and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Education Futures: Imagining Policy and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Matt Sinclair

Course Coordinator Phone: by email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will focus on contemporary and emerging trends and ideas in education. Using a problem-based learning approach, you will apply educational ideas in creative and practical ways to explore strengths and shortcomings of approaches to educational policy and practice. Research and practical expertise about learning, teaching and policy will be used to investigate and analyse assumptions so as to extend your knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and educational policy. By focusing on recent topical initiatives and future trends in education, this course enhances your professional skills and attributes as a competent, knowledgeable and active educational professional.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the possibilities and limitations of some current education policies and practices
  • Apply the principles of problem-based learning in a professional team
  • Investigate with peers in researching future directions in education
  • Interpret and analyse rationales for innovative educational practices
  • Appraise professional debates and defend ideas in an informed way
  • Plan for educational change in an informed, creative and supportive way as part of a professional team.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts
  • Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice
  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning activities that include but are not limited to: lectures, tutorials, on-line material, group activities, collaborative work with peers, independent investigations, reading, and web-based research.

Problem-based learning is the teaching and learning theme for this course and it puts you at the centre of the learning process and makes you responsible for your learning. Your tutor will support you in the development, progress and completion of your project. However, you will manage your own learning in preparing two assessment items. It is an example of the assessment as learning approach.

Learning activities in this course will involve:

  • Outlining contemporary issues and contexts in education
  • Summarising, authenticating and reconstructing assumptions about current and new education policy
  • Mapping the learning and teaching implications of new approaches to policy and practice
  • Reporting defensible positions about current and new issues and contexts in education
  • Leading peer discussion about curriculum, teaching and assessment policies and practices
  • Modelling principles of problem-based and team learning approaches
  • Recommending solutions to educational problems
  • Planning for educational change as an informed professional
  • Evaluating personal-professional learning about education in creative and innovative ways

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, portfolios, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1