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ESGD708 – The Internet as an Educational Resource

Module code
Module title
The Internet as an Educational Resource
To provide a range of experiential learning activities using the Internet, that can be used in a range of contexts across educational levels. Teachers will reflect on these activities and recognize the links between effective pedagogy and ICT as an assistive tool in teaching and learning. To showcase these skills and understandings students will develop an educational website.
  • ES0702
  • ES9901
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Based
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module students will be able to:

1. Explore, analyse, argue, evaluate and where possible, problem solve the opportunities and
issues related to Internet usage.
2. Apply and demonstrate Internet technologies in the research process and for personal
learning purposes.
3. Use Internet related technologies to enhance teaching and learning in demonstrable,
meaningful and pedagogically effective ways.
4. Develop an educationally purposeful website that demonstrates knowledge, skills and
attitudes gained during the module.
1.0 How does the Internet relate to teaching and learning
1.1 Construct a basic timeline of the Internet's development and explain briefly the difference
between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0.
1.2 Discuss how the Internet has been adapted by educators to:
- Supplement or enhance traditional learning.
- Provide blended learning.
- Deliver online learning.
1.3 Explore the theory of connectivism and compare how a connected learner is advantaged.
1.4 Explore the theory of constructivism and hypothesize the role of the teacher.

2.0 How can the Internet help the learner - Personalised learning:
2.1 Identify the stages of the research or inquiry process.
2.2 Match and apply assistive Internet tools and technologies to the stages of one or both of
these processes.
2.3 Research the meaning of the 'Deep Web' and relate this to the need for advanced
search techniques.
2.4 Identify, use and suggest a variety of search engines and directories according to their
2.5 Communicate Internet links you have found with the group using a social networking site.
2.6 Investigate website validation and triangulate data for reliability by comparing 3 websites.

3.0 Develop an educationally purposeful website that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and
attitudes you have developed over the module.
Develop and demonstrate basic knowledge and skills related to developing a website.
3.1 Website content.
3.2 Website design

4.0 What issues does the Internet present and what can we do to address them
4.1 Internet Safety:
Compile a social bookmarking list focused on Internet safety.
- Internet safety.
- Privacy of information.
- Data / virus protection.
Share the list on your website, and discuss Internet Safety issues in the group forum.

4.2 Digital Citizenship:
4.2.1 Explore the concept of Digital Citizenship.
4.2.2 Evaluate your own or another's digital footprint and decide on what message it conveys.
Discuss this in the group forum.
4.2.3 Create an online presentation using a Web 2.0 tool that promotes Digital Citizenship
then embed it on your website.

This might include:
- Responsibility and acceptable use.
- Netiquette.
- Digital identity.

4.3 Copyright:
Research copyright law relating to the Internet.
4.3.1 Create a product that could communicate copyright guidelines in your workplace.
4.3.2 Apply a Creative Commons license to the product you produced and explain your
4.3.3 Discuss the term 'copying' and debate whether it is ever acceptable or should be
encouraged in some learning contexts.

4.4 Plagiarism:
4.4.1 Research what plagiarism is and explain the possible consequences of plagiarism to the
abuser and the abused.
4.4.2 Relevant to your situation determine an appropriate strategy to educate your students or
colleagues about the issue of plagiarism.

5.0 How can Internet related technologies be used to enhance teaching and learning
5.1 Critique an existing lesson plan to determine how it could use Internet related technologies
to enhance teaching and learning. Describe how you would do this.
5.2 Evaluate a variety of web technologies, and make connections by stating their purposeful
use in teaching and learning.
5.3 Demonstrate the use of at least 4 different Internet technologies by showcasing them on
your website.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Moodle will be used extensively throughout this module. It is advised that you refer to the site on a weekly basis.

News forums and module related notifications will be sent to your student email address will help keep you informed.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be available on the Learning Management System. This will be updated annually.

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