MSc Learning and Technology
Whilst the past few years have seen a growth in the use of technology to enhance learning across all education sectors, there remains a broadly-held view that institutions, including schools, are not yet taking full advantage of the potential that technology affords.This programme provides practitioners with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills to employ technology to support learners and learning within their professional practice.
Participants will explore pedagogies and technologies across a range of learning environments; developing both their skills in using technology and their knowledge of how such technologies can be most effectively used to enhance learning.
The course received Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) recognition in 2014.SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.
- The programme is delivered entirely online and is accessible to students from countries all over the world.
- The programme has been designed to suit practitioners working across a range of teaching and training contexts.
- Participants will develop professional and personal networks encouraging collaboration, peer-peer learning and support.
- Upon successful completion participants will have the skills and knowledge to be leading exponents of TEL and will be at the forefront of the field.
- The course received Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) recognition IN 2014. SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.
Each module makes use of a study calendar and content provided through on-line documents, podcasts, video, synchronous and asynchronous conferencing (using text, audio and video), blogs, wiki pages, web links, file sharing and social networking facilities. Participants also take part in activities which involve them using these technologies to collaborate, share reflections and to construct elements of e-learning material that they can evaluate for use within their own professional context.
By experiencing the use of these technologies within their own study, learners gain an understanding and appreciation of how these could be deployed in their own teaching and gain an insight into the nature of on-line study from the perspective of the student.
Tutors (or ‘coaches’) aim to provide a secure and supportive environment within which participants can explore areas of TEL appropriate to their own professional context. Participants are encouraged to participate in forum debates and to develop communities of practice.
Participants learn with and from each other and are supported as they develop independent skills in finding and evaluating information. In all modules participants are encouraged to relate their studies to their own professional context. Assignments are also rooted in professional practice.
External Examiner Comments:
‘This PG Cert in eLearning is of a higher standard than many others offered in the UK’
‘Internal feedback given by the internal online tutors is of exceptional standard.
‘The level of rigour is high in this programme.’
(2011-12 External Examiner Report)
‘The course was excellent, with a variety and mix of subject areas for the technical savvy and those who want to focus on the theoretical (pedagogy) - an effective mix of subject areas!’
For the period 2009 – 2012 100% of students who responded to an end of course (PGC) survey said they would recommend the course to a friend.
The first year’s study comprises three 20 credit modules. Successful completing of these three modules constitutes the Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Technology.
Pedagogy and Practice
This module explores the nature of learners and how this influences the mode of delivery and how teaching online may differ from conventional teaching.
Technology and Design
This module explores those technologies that can be used to support learners. Students will apply the knowledge gained to develop practical application of technology within their own professional context.
Implementation and Management
This module examines issues of implementing and managing online programmes. The assessment involves students undertaking an independent project in which they apply knowledge and skills gained to develop a technology-enhanced learning resource.
The second year’s study comprises three 20 credit modules. Successful completing of these three modules constitutes the Postgraduate Diploma Learning and Technology.
Innovation and Practice
This module explores the concept of innovation and how innovation diffuses. It examines emerging technologies and practices for learning (e.g. Open Educational Resources, Massive Open Online Courses) and the use of learning analytics.
Accessibility and Assessment in the Digital Age
In this module students will develop an appreciation and knowledge of adaptive technologies, explore the opportunities and challenges afforded by technologies to support learning and learners and examine the role of technology in assessment.
E-research and digital scholarship
This module aims to provide students with the skills required to identify and select appropriate methodologies to prepare and perform a research project in a safe and ethical manner. Students will acquire knowledge and skills to exploit new technologies to inform research and digital scholarship.
The final year consists of the 60 credit research dissertation. Students will be allocated a supervisor, with appropriate research or subject expertise, to support them throughout the process of carrying out the research and writing the dissertation.
Students have the opportunity to submit for assessment either a ‘traditional’ dissertation or a journal-format article. The dissertation / journal-format article is an independent study, involving the collection and analysis of data from primary sources, carried out by individual students on a topic of their choice.
Successful completion of this course will equip individuals with the skills and expertise to exploit new technologies effectively in their teaching or training context. Recent research has shown that, even very young, students now have sophisticated IT skills and expect their tutors to use technology to facilitate their learning; this course will help you match these expectations.
There is a growing demand across the educational environment for individuals who have the knowledge and skills to use technology effectively; successful completion of this course will demonstrate such attributes. Some of our previous students include people working in higher and further education, schools, the NHS and the private sector.
Employability & Assessment
All modules, with the exception of the dissertation are assessed through coursework. Each module normally has two assignments and these are designed to reflect the professional practice of the student.
Entry Requirements & Applying
To study on this course you will need to demonstrate your ability to study at postgraduate level; this normally means holding an undergraduate degree or equivalent but we will consider non-traditional entry qualifications and previous experience.
You will require internet access, preferably broadband, and will be working with, or have access to, a group of learners. Some aspects of the course will be delivered using audio and/or video online, and you will require appropriate equipment (headphones/microphone) to participate fully in these activities.
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team here.
Applying for the course
If you are applying as a Home, European Union or International student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team.
Course Duration & Fees
MSc: 3 years
PGD: 2 years
PGC: 1 year
Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.
Meet the team
Dr Clive Buckley
Dr Stephen Bostock
Head Of The Centre For Learning, Teaching And Assessment
Dr. Maarten Cannaerts
Senior Lecturer in Computing
Professor Vic Grout
Academic Head of Computing
Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise
Guest Lectures Include
- Prof Erik Duval of K. U. Leuven, Belgium
- Dr Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor in Information & Computer Technology, Plymouth University
- Dr David Walker, Senior Learning Technologist at University of Dundee
- Dr Tom Wambeke of the United Nations Staff College, Turin
- Dr Michael Henderson of Monash University, Australia
- Prof.George Siemens, Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University, Canada