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Masters in Online and Distance Education

Course Description

This Master’s degree is a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education, putting you at the forefront of the latest developments in the field.

The program includes a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma in Online and Distance Education, presented by The Open University's renowned Institute of Educational Technology.

The course is open to students in nearly all countries in the world, so you will work with colleagues of a diverse range of backgrounds, completing modules designed by experts from the institute known for reinventing open and digital learning.

Key features of the course

• Explore research and practice literature in technology-enhanced learning, and the implications of learning technology choices made in a wide range of contexts
• Investigate the use of open educational resources, learning analytics, social media and open content by students and teachers
• Improve your ability to select, design, implement and critique technology-enhanced learning, as well as your understanding of how technologies engage learners and how they can be continually evaluated and developed
• Use your new skills in a wide range of occupations. Previous alumni include librarians, media professionals, project managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, practice educators in nursing, and web developers.

Postgraduate loans

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.

Course details

Compulsory module

• Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates (H800)

Plus 60 credits from List A:

List A: Core optional modules

• Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students (H810)
• Openness and innovation in e-learning (H817)
• The networked practitioner (H818)
• The critical researcher: educational technology in practice (H819)

Plus a further 60 points from List A or list B:

List B: Optional module

• Understanding children’s development and learning (ED841)

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Credit transfer

If you’ve successfully completed some relevant postgraduate study elsewhere, you might be able to count it towards this qualification, reducing the number of modules you need to study. You should apply as soon as possible, before you register for your first module.

Visit the Masters in Online and Distance Education page on the Open University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

First degree from a UK university or an overseas equivalent. You don’t need to be experienced in forums or working in technology-enhanced learning – but you should be aiming to develop such expertise. All teaching is in English, so you need to be proficient enough for postgraduate study and contributing online by text and voice. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you ensure you can score at least seven in the International English Language Testing System. Study materials are delivered online.

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