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Course content

The course will be offered in three modes:

-Full-time study in Manchester lasting 12 months
-Part-time study in Manchester which normally lasts around 27 months
-Part-time study at a distance, by e-learning over two or three years

All three modes start in September each year. The deadline for applications is 31st August 2017; later applications are considered at our discretion. Please note that we receive a very high number of applications so the course may be closed to new applications before the final deadline given.


-Further your career by improving your skills and knowledge base in the area of digital technologies and communication, in order that these can be applied in any educational setting.
-Enhance your interpersonal and group communications skills in order to learn independently and make effective decisions through self-reflection on your own practice.
-Develop the ability to design your own educational materials using digital technologies and in particular to develop creative and innovative approaches to this work.
-Build your confidence and ability to identify and critically evaluate the use of digital technologies, whether in formal educational settings or the informal educational processes of society, and with specific reference to your own needs and practice.
-Develop your ability to systematically understand and critically evaluate research and research methodologies relevant to digital technologies in education, and apply this knowledge in actual research projects.
-Develop an ability to manage and understand rapid technological change and its effect on educational processes, institutions and policies.

Teaching and learning

Formalised lectures are rare. Instead, classes tend to mix lecturer input with group work, computer and video activities, simulations, problem-based learning and class discussions. We make considerable use of enquiry-based learning (EBL), encouraging students' critical reflection on their own practice and beliefs: formed both by their professional experiences and intuitions, and theory and research. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of life-long-learning. As most of our participants are themselves experienced teachers, we appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience that they bring to the course and we encourage all participants to use all sources of professional insights including their fellow participants. We provide training in the use of electronic databases, library resources, and computer based statistics packages. Many other key skills will be developed during the course.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the course can follow a number of career paths: some continue to work in their existing posts, but often with enhanced status; some move into teacher education, materials development, publishing, the media, managing self-access facilities, testing and assessment, research; some set up their own businesses. Alternatively, graduates may use the programme as a springboard into further study, eventually leading to a PhD.

For example, we quote one student who previously studied on this course:
"I was employed with my Master's degree at the Arab Open University. It is a non-profit Higher Education Institution established mainly to enable those who missed the chance of attending the University to pursue their higher education through distance learning. I I've planned two modules for this semester. One is Education and ICT, the other is Using Computer Software in Education. I'm using the best that I have experienced in Manchester to construct stimulating courses."

Visit the Digital Technologies, Communication and Education - MA page on the University of Manchester website for more details!





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