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LING71-112: Megatrends and Education


This subject equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a teacher and an employee of the future. It examines transformations in education from the perspective of world megatrends. The science of world megatrends provides a unique insight into the ways the world and its systems are developing. The study of megatrends demonstrates how education is changing and what skills we must develop to confront its dynamic challenges. Dynamic globalisations and the digital revolution will require better preparation for increasing student diversity and digital transformations. The first part of the subject focuses on the internationalisation of education in Australia and globally. The second part explores digital transformation in education and the ways we as educators can prepare better to maximise its gains. Many aspects of world megatrends, including global education processes, have already become the fabric of our professional lives. The urgency for us, teachers, is to equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills necessary in assisting our learners in dealing with such challenges. The time is now because, following William Gibson’s quote: “The Future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed”.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering - On Campus]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering - Online]
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Current: $2,340
  • Commencing in May 2021: $2,430

Learning outcomes

1. Classify, compare and explain complex issues and processes of world megatrends and how they are reflected in global education.
2. Individually and in small teams, evaluate and employ relevant knowledge to developing skills needed in a variety of practical contexts such as developing blended learning environments and developing global teacher skills.
3. Formulate a personalised teaching philosophy, to prepare for the challenges of internationalisation and digitalisation of education.
4. Employ the knowledge and skills gained in the subject to becoming a global educator and citizen, ready for the challenges of transformations demonstrated by the world megatrends.

Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students
  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering - On CampusStandard Offering - Online
Enrolment opens02/08/202002/08/2020
Semester start14/09/202014/09/2020
Subject start14/09/202014/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/202028/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/202005/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/202027/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/202010/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/202031/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/202009/10/2020