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MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education

Course Description

The degree’s objective is the use of digital technologies, the broadcast media, and/or interpersonal, group or organisational communications techniques to enhance practice and the professional and academic development of educators in technology-rich environments. It is aimed at educators in any subject or setting, from primary schools to universities and in the corporate and informal sectors too.

The programme seeks to help you answer the question of how digital technologies can and should be integrated into education. This applies to any educational setting, from primary education, through secondary, to higher education; in work-based and community based training programmes, cultural (museums and art galleries) and health education; and in home education and the informal educational processes of society and the media.

Digital technologies influence education in many different ways: they affect the way we teach, but also help administer education, advertise it (as with this page!) and communicate with fellow learners and teachers. They even force us to rethink ideas of what education is, or could be.

Aims of the Programme

• Help students further their careers through improving their skills and knowledge base in the area of digital technologies and communication, in order that these can be applied in any educational setting;
• Enhance students' interpersonal and group communications skills in order to enable them to learn independently and make effective decisions through self-reflection on their own practice;
• Develop in students the ability to design their own educational materials using digital technologies and in particular to develop creative and innovative approaches to this work;
• Build in students the 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 their own needs and practice;
• Develop students' ability to systematically understand and critically evaluate research and research methodologies relevant to digital technologies in education, and then to apply this knowledge in actual research projects;
• Assist students in developing an ability to manage and understand rapid technological change and its effect on educational processes, institutions and policies.

Special Features

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

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

Entry Requirements

an honours degree or equivalent approved academic qualification from a recognised institution, two satisfactory references, a personal statement.

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