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EDUC5265M Digital Education in Practice

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Katharine Stapleford

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally, at least two years relevant postgraduate professional experience.
Ability to use basic digital technology (email, www, office software).

This module is mutually exclusive with

EDUC5263MDigital Learning in Practice

Module replaces

EDUC5263M Digital Learning in Practice

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

You will be introduced to digital strategy and policy, and discuss current digital technologies in use within education settings. You will also explore potential future digital technologies on the horizon for use in education. You will practice collaborative group-working using digital tools and produce a multi-modal group-based assessment.


To enable students to consider, explore and discuss current and future digital technologies in use within the education sector and informal learning settings. Students will become aware of the wide range of digital technologies and pedagogic approaches to integrating technology into education settings.

Learning outcomes
- Ability to interpret and begin to devise digital strategies and policies for use with digital technologies in educational settings
- Awareness of current digital technologies in use in the education sector at school, FE and HE level and in informal learning settings
- Awareness of future potential digital technologies that may be used in the education sector, and issues with embedding these in pedagogical approaches


Indicative topics:

1. Developing digital strategy and policy to support relevant pedagogical approaches
2. The increasing focus on distance learning and hybrid courses within formal education settings
3. Factors affecting staff and student technology adoption
4. Openness in digital education
5. Online learning at scale
6. Evaluating tools and techniques for digital assessment
7. Audio and video in education
8. Digital badging, games and gamification to support engagement, motivation and learning
9. Benefits and challenges of mobile learning
10. The emerging role for augmented and virtual reality in education
11. Can learning analytics enhance education?
12. Personalisation and personalised learning spaces

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning123.0036.00
Independent online learning hours113.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours67.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will be provided each week with online 'lectures' in written and multimedia format together with supplementary readings, material, tasks and activities. Students will also be expected to undertake directed reading of academic papers; to post reviews of these papers on an online discussion forum or equivalent and to respond to reviews that other students have written.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each participant will be expected to make a contribution of between 500-1000 words per unit, about a specific topic, in the asynchronous discussion. Each person will be expected to contribute to (and occasionally facilitate) the weekly synchronous online seminar. Each student will have two tutorials to discuss progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project6000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/09/2021


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