There is an expectation that you complete the scholarly reading in this unit. It is an integral part of your study of ECHE3100 and are essential for assessment completion.
Required and recommended texts
Little, H., Elliott, S., & Wyver, S. (2017). Outdoor learning environments: Spaces for exploration, discovery and risk-taking in the early years. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
In addition to chapters from the text, there are additional weekly readings (available through library/Leganto unit readings) - refer to iLearn for details.
The unit comprises at least 1 one-hour online lecture each week. In some weeks there is an additional online lecture which students are also expected to listen to in preparation for the tutorials.
Internal (weekday) students will have a 2-hour weekly tutorial (either on campus or online) and external (Infrequent) students will have two full-day on campus (or online) sessions (8th & 9th April). In tutorials students will discuss issues and questions arising from the lectures and prescribed readings. They are expected to base their arguments/discussions on evidence from published research and other relevant material. Students are required to participate in small group activities and whole class discussion, to read the weekly material in advance, and to complete brief tasks either as individuals or in pairs. The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the following pages and on the unit iLearn site.
NOTE: there are no lectures or tutorials in Weeks 7, 10-12 as many students are on prac.
Weekly lectures are available on the web through ECHO360. PowerPoint slides are available on iLearn in advance of the weekly lectures.
Tutorial attendance (either on campus or online) is expected. There will be a supporting website for the unit providing information about additional readings, links and materials. Lectures will also be available through Echo in iLearn from the following website link: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
Further specific details and any updates about times and locations will be posted on iLearn as an Announcement during the first half of the semester.
Information about the unit iLearn site
This unit has a full web presence through iLearn. Students will need regular access to a computer and the internet to complete this unit. Weekly access to iLearn is compulsory for all students. Important assessment information will be posted there, as will other relevant unit notices and materials, including the schedule of weekly lectures and readings and full details of assessment tasks. Various activities and materials for discussion and critical reflection are included and external students especially are encouraged to use this web component. Electronic links and suggested references will be included in the Resources section. Please check the iLearn unit regularly.
Access and technical assistance
Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at ilearn.m q.edu.au/login/MQ/. You will need to enter your student username and password. Please do NOT contact the Unit Convenor regarding iLearn technical help. No extensions will be given for any technical issues. Allow enough time for your submissions. Assistance is available from IT Helpdesk ph: 1800 67 4357, or log a request at help.mq.edu.au. OneHelp is the online IT support service for both students and staff.
This unit requires students to use several ICT and software skills:
• Internet access: The iLearn site contains materials for this unit; it is also required for the online submission of all Assessment Tasks, and for the use of Turnitin submission for ALL tasks.
• Word processing, visual representations, and document formatting: You are required to use an appropriate form of software to present your assignments.
• Uploading of assessment tasks to iLearn. Support resources Macquarie University has a range of services for students. If you are struggling with any aspect of academic life or career trajectory and skills, we have great supports within the university. Please refer to the comprehensive list of support services here.