Taught course

Learning and Technology

Institution
Wrexham Glyndwr University · Wrexham Glyndwr University
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

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 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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

  • 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.

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.

MODULES

YEAR 1

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 This module explores the nature of learners and how this influences the mode of delivery and how teaching online may differ from conventional teaching.
  • Technology and Design This module explores those technologies that can be used to support learners. Students will apply the knowledge gained to develop practical application of technology within their own professional context.
  • Implementation and Management This module examines issues of implementing and managing online programmes. The assessment involves students undertaking an independent project in which they apply knowledge and skills gained to develop a technology-enhanced learning resource.
YEAR 2

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 This module explores the concept of innovation and how innovation diffuses. It examines emerging technologies and practices for learning (e.g. Open Educational Resources, Massive Open Online Courses) and the use of learning analytics.
  • Accessibility and Assessment in the Digital Age In this module students will develop an appreciation and knowledge of adaptive technologies, explore the opportunities and challenges afforded by technologies to support learning and learners and examine the role of technology in assessment.
  • E-research and digital scholarship This module aims to provide students with the skills required to identify and select appropriate methodologies to prepare and perform a research project in a safe and ethical manner. Students will acquire knowledge and skills to exploit new technologies to inform research and digital scholarship.
YEAR 3

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.

Fees and funding

The fees you pay and the support available may depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our website.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36 months

PGDip

part time
24 months

PGCert

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Enquiries
Email
enquiries@glyndwr.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1978 293439