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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years part-time plus dissertation

  • Course Type

    PgDip, MA, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019

Overview

This online postgraduate programme examines the use of digital technologies in education, and how they can be used to enhance learning. 

It will help you to understand how evidence-based learning theories can inform the design and use of learning technologies in your practice.

This course is offered by the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) within the School of Education. Learning sciences draws from psychology, computer science and education. It provides a unique perspective on the theories that underpin successful learning, teaching and innovation within the fast-moving digital world of new technologies.

You will build a deeper understanding of learning and, in addition, how new technologies can be applied within schools, universities and the workplace to support it.

Whether your background is in teaching, learning technology, computing, psychology or any of the allied disciplines, this course will provide a solid grounding for a career in education, training, educational technology, or further research.

On this course, you will:

  • broaden your knowledge and experience of digital technologies as resources for learning
  • engage with tablets, smartboards mobile learning tools, virtual learning environments, serious games, massive open online courses, computer-supported collaborative learning, and immersive/augmented reality environments
  • evaluate the use of such technologies in educational contexts
  • utilise existing research to make informed decisions about the selection of specific digital technologies
  • explore underpinning theories of learning, particularly as they inform the design and application of successful educational technologies
  • develop knowledge of wider social debates that impact on technology enhanced learning

Key facts

Course details

The taught element of the course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed part-time over approximately two years, with a further eight months for the dissertation.

You will study online through the University’s virtual learning environment, typically taking two modules a year for two years, and concluding with your dissertation. Each module requires an equivalent of 10-12 of study per week, and some activities are collaborative and will need regular online presence by arrangement.

Online course materials and support

You will engage with a wide range of digital platforms, learning through:

  • online and part-time study
  • interaction with specialist tutors and resources
  • experience of a range of technologies
  • supported self-study and collaborative activities

You will be supported by involvement in an online community of practice and personalised guidance for your academic writing.

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards. This course does not simply teach about advanced technologies for learning, it utilises them throughout.

Assessment

Each 30-credit module is assessed by the equivalent of a 6,000-word written portfolio, which can include written assignments, research methods, and wiki entries. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Modules

Core

  • Introduction to the Learning Sciences (30 credits)
  • The Social Contexts of Education Technology (30 credits)
  • Educational Technology Research Methods (30 credits)
  • New Directions in Learning, Technology and Education (30 credits)*
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

Careers

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


Visit the Learning, Technology and Education (online) MA page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

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