MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education is an award-winning course that uses digital technologies, the broadcast media and/or interpersonal, group or organisational communications techniques to enhance practice, research and the professional and academic development of educators in technology- and information-rich environments.
The course is offered in three modes, each starting in September.
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.
The form of the assessment varies from unit to unit, including:
For dissertations, you can choose between a Mode A (traditional type) or a Mode B (portfolio type) dissertation. Mode A dissertations report on a research project of your own design or, possibly, discuss or develop theoretical understanding relevant to the field and/or your professional development. Mode B dissertations are more practical, and involve you designing, testing and implementing a technological solution to an educational problem, for example, a website or piece of interactive multimedia, and then reporting on this process. Mode A dissertations are 15,000 - 20,000 words long - the length of Mode B work can be negotiated, but the overall workload is expected to be equivalent to that of a Mode A.
The MA is a modular course carrying 180 points. It is divided into a taught component of 120 credits (subdivided into eight course units of 15 credits) and a dissertation of 60 credits. The taught component must be successfully completed before the dissertation can be submitted.
The course is semesterised. For on-site participants, this involves Semester 1 (late September - late January), Semester 2 (February-mid-June), and, for full-time participants, a summer semester (mid June - early September) for the dissertation. Part-time participants, whether studying in Manchester or at a distance by e-learning, follow the same teaching semesters as full-time participants but with a lighter study load in each. Their dissertations can then be completed over a longer period and submitted in either April or September.
Each 15-credit course unit is normally taught in one semester either through face-to-face classes or through various types of distance/e-learning. Except where noted, all courses exist in both a face-to-face and distance version. It is possible for students to complete the degree by a mixture of face-to-face and distance methods, if this is desired. Each 15-credit course unit is designed to fill 150 hours of study time. This time includes both set activities/classes, independent study, and work on assessment projects.
Applicants may choose to specialise in a recognised area of Digital Technologies, and currently there is a TESOL pathway available. For further information, please contact [email protected] .
The degree that you would be awarded if you took this specialism would be called: MA DTCE (TESOL )
A pathway student must successfully complete a 15 credit core course specialising in language learning and technology; focus on their specialism and relevant research methods in the 30 credit unit Researching DTCE; and complete a 60 credit dissertation with a focus on TESOL and technology.
We have planned the part-time distance/e-learning course so that completion within three calendar years is possible and we expect that most students will follow this schedule. However, we recognise that distance learning studies have to be accommodated within participants' busy personal and professional lives and sometimes unpredictable circumstances arise. In such cases, interruption of studies for up to a year is possible without any fee implications. In other cases a slower study pace can be arranged involving additional fee calculations please contact the [email protected] for details. Thus, there is a financial incentive to complete within three years.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
Visit the Digital Technologies, Communication and Education (MA) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!
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