The Educational Technology programme is an online 1-year programme designed to provide an opportunity for professional development to people who are working in positions that involve teaching and wish to use educational technology more effectively in their work.
The programme may prove to be especially useful to people currently working at educational institutions (schools, universities, etc.) who did not have a chance to gain digital technology skills and knowledge during their studies (whether because such technological solutions did not exist yet or were only beginning to emerge).
The flexibility of the programme and major focus on e-learning make it especially well-suited to those who work – whether it be outside of Tartu or in another country.
The cell is the building block of life, the smallest unit with the molecular characteristics of living systems. Increased knowledge of the mechanisms of the biomolecular and biochemical processes in the cell can lead to better medicines, new methods for combating diseases.
The basis of the two-year master’s programme in Life Science and Technology is formed by research carried out in the life sciences and chemistry groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). Researchers take a science-based approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems as encountered in personalized medicine, systems biology and sustainable use of biological sources. Starting from day one, and during the whole master programme you are a member of a research team in the LIC. Guided by a personal mentor, the student assembles a tailor-made educational programme for optimal training to become a life sciences professional.
Read more about our Life Science and Technology programme.
Find more reasons to study Life Science and Technology at Leiden University.
If you are interested in Life Science and you are looking for a programme with ample of opportunities to assemble your own study path, our Life Science and Technology programme is the right choice. The programme addresses societal problems on a molecular and cellular level. You can also choose a specialisation where you combine one year of Life Science and Technology research with one year of training in business, communication or education.
Read more about the entry requirements for Life Science and Technology.
The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA allows you to study how the nature of teaching and learning is changing in a highly connected environment.
Learners are increasingly relying on each other and the Internet for their learning and metacognition resources. As an educator you need to understand your role in such an environment and how to use Information, Communication and Educational Technology effectively for achieving your objectives.
On the course you will cover:
-Self-organised learning environments
-Why pedagogy matters
-The impact of technology on education
-The latest innovations in educational technology
This course will be useful for educators. Through developing knowledge of this subject your teaching skills will be strengthened and employability will improve. The course will also be of interest to people with an IT background who are keen on developing or supporting technology enhanced learning.
The course builds on a strong research base in three research centres in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences:
-The Centre for Learning and Teaching
-The EG West Centre
The course also draws on the expertise of a number of highly regarded academics. These include:
-Professor Sugata Mitra
-Professor David Leat
The Education: International Perspectives (Technology in Education) MA is one of a suite of courses. You may also be interested in:
-Education: International Perspectives (Leadership and Management), MA
-Education: International Perspectives (Teaching and Learning), MA
These MAs are flexible in nature and you will have the option to study modules across the three different courses.
The majority of taught modules are offered in the first semester, including some sessions which are run in the early evening and on Saturdays. During the year there is a development to a greater element of self-study and semi-independent research and project work.
You complete the course with a research project focusing on a topic of interest to you.
There is an extended induction programme that provides you with support for advanced study, including assignment writing and information and communications and technology (ICT) training.
You will have the opportunity to carry out a placement as part of your taught modules. Your placement will be in an educational setting such as a local primary or secondary school. This is enjoyable and useful in contextualising your understanding of learning theory.
You also have the option of taking a longer placement outside the UK, adding to the international perspectives nature of the course.
As a student in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences you'll have access to facilities and a growing collection of online resources, including:
-A well-stocked Education Resource Centre
-Language Analysis Lab
-A phonetics lab
-An audio-video lab
-A recording studio.
This part-time online programme allows you to learn more about digital technologies and education, and how technology can support learning in different settings – all while balancing your studies with your work and personal life.
Aimed at people currently using digital technology in education, the programme focuses on theoretical, professional and practical applications of digital technology. You’ll have the chance to explore microworlds and constructivism, collaborative learning, tutoring systems and more. You’ll also analyse research and development in the field of technology-enhanced learning.
While you study, you’ll gain practical experience of e-learning through using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you’ll meet and discuss your research with people working around the world.
Please be aware that this is not an IT skills training course. We will expect you to have basic IT skills such as word processing, email and using the internet before you start the programme.
This programme is also available to study as a full-time, Leeds-based programme over 12 months.
From the beginning of the programme you’ll take core modules that lay the foundations of your studies. In your first year you’ll consider the relationships between learning theories and digital technologies and how software applications can be used for modelling, role play, tutoring systems and other purposes. You’ll expand on this in Year Two as you think about key issues and debates in digital learning and digital technology as a whole, both in the classroom and in society as a whole.
You’ll also develop specialist knowledge when you select from optional modules in each year – you could focus on digital learning environments, language learning through technology and more. If you’re able to attend classes in Leeds, you could even choose one optional module from across the School of Education on topics from educational research to developmental disorders.
Throughout your final year, you’ll also work on your critical study – a major piece of independent research which allows you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained. You’ll work closely with your academic supervisor, who will guide you through your research.
To give you hands-on experience of online learning, the programme is taught online. You’ll be provided with online ‘lectures’ in written and audio formats with additional reading material and activities, and you’ll discuss your reading with other students in our forum. You’ll also have online seminars with a choice of times to accommodate people living in different time zones and with varying work schedules.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods to help you develop different skills. These will include your contribution to online discussions as well as essays, projects and project reports, presentations and reflective logs to allow you to evaluate your own learning and practice.
Some modules can be assessed by exam if you would prefer. You can either come to Leeds to sit them here, or pay a separate fee to the British Council to sit the exam in a local British Council Office.
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The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.