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Learning and Technology MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

With children and young people developing sophisticated IT skills even earlier, they expect teachers to use this technology to help them learn. Our online course is designed to match that expectation. Technology is now being used in all education sectors to enhance learning, meaning the onus is on practitioners to develop their skills and use them to support learners and learning within their professional practice.

You'll explore a range of technologies and learning methods across a range of environments ad consider how they can most effectively be used to enhance teaching.

By experiencing the use of these technologies within their own area of study, learners will develop an understanding and appreciation of how they can be used within their own practice.Upon completion you'll have the skills and knowledge to be leading exponents of technology enhanced learning.

Key Course Features

-The programme is delivered entirely online and is accessible to students from countries all over the world.
-The course has been designed to suit practitioners working across a range of teaching and training contexts.
-Participants will develop professional and personal networks encouraging collaboration, peer-peer learning and support.
-Upon successful completion participants will have the skills and knowledge to be leading exponents of TEL and will be at the forefront of the field.
-The course holds Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) recognition.

What Will You Study?

Each module makes use of a study calendar and content provided through on-line documents, podcasts, video, synchronous and asynchronous conferencing (using text, audio and video), blogs, wiki pages, web links, file sharing and social networking facilities. Participants also take part in activities which involve them using these technologies to collaborate, share reflections and to construct elements of e-learning material that they can evaluate for use within their own professional context.

By experiencing the use of these technologies within their own study, learners gain an understanding and appreciation of how these could be deployed in their own teaching and gain an insight into the nature of on-line study from the perspective of the student.

Tutors (or ‘coaches’) aim to provide a secure and supportive environment within which participants can explore areas of TEL appropriate to their own professional context. Participants are encouraged to participate in forum debates and to develop communities of practice.

Participants learn with and from each other and are supported as they develop independent skills in finding and evaluating information. In all modules participants are encouraged to relate their studies to their own professional context. Assignments are also rooted in professional practice.

The first year’s study comprises three 20 credit modules. Successful completing of these three modules constitutes the Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Technology:
-Pedagogy and Practice
-Technology and Design
-Implementation and Management

The second year’s study comprises three 20 credit modules. Successful completing of these three modules constitutes the Postgraduate Diploma Learning and Technology:
-Innovation and Practice
-Accessibility and Assessment in the Digital Age
-E-research and digital scholarship

The final year consists of the 60 credit research dissertation. Students will be allocated a supervisor, with appropriate research or subject expertise, to support them throughout the process of carrying out the research and writing the dissertation.
Students have the opportunity to submit for assessment either a ‘traditional’ dissertation or a journal-format article. The dissertation / journal-format article is an independent study, involving the collection and analysis of data from primary sources, carried out by individual students on a topic of their choice.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

All modules, with the exception of the dissertation are assessed through coursework. Each module normally has two assignments and these are designed to reflect the professional practice of the student.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of this course will equip individuals with the skills and expertise to exploit new technologies effectively in their teaching or training context. Recent research has shown that, even very young, students now have sophisticated IT skills and expect their tutors to use technology to facilitate their learning; this course will help you match these expectations.

There is a growing demand across the educational environment for individuals who have the knowledge and skills to use technology effectively; successful completion of this course will demonstrate such attributes. Some of our previous students include people working in higher and further education, schools, the NHS and the private sector.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Visit the Learning and Technology MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To study on this course you will need to demonstrate your ability to study at postgraduate level; this normally means holding an undergraduate degree or equivalent but we will consider non-traditional entry qualifications and previous experience. You will require internet access, preferably broadband, and will be working with, or have access to, a group of learners. Some aspects of the course will be delivered using audio and/or video online, and you will require appropriate equipment (headphones/microphone) to participate fully in these activities.

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