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2013/14 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5253M Design and Evaluation of Web-based Learning Environments

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Aisha Walker

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

Pre-requisite qualifications

- A minimum of two years relevant postgraduate professional experience.
- Have basic ICT skills (to be able to use email, word processors and the WWW) and to be able to use computers routinely in their academic work.
- To demonstrate independent facility in the use of ICT with appropriate technical support.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary



On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- systematically design and critically evaluate a web-based learning environment in a topic of their choice;
- analyse and apply principles and practices associated with web-based learning;
- use an appropriate range of skills related to web technology and learning.


In this module participants will consider the theoretical and practical issues associated with creating and using web-based learning environments. The emphasis of the module will be on principles of design and evaluation, which will be illustrated through the reproduction of a working environment. Support in the use of a specific web-editor will be provided through workshops during the module.

The range of issues covered in the module include:
- hypermedia and learning;
- scenario-based design and evaluation of web-based learning environments;
- pedagogical principles and practices associated with web-based learning;
- a range of skills related to web-based technology.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning122.0024.00
Private study hours240.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private Study
- 12 hours per session preparation for synchronous seminars and asynchronous discussion: 144 hours
- assignment preparation: 96 hours
= Total 240 hours
- The seminars are 12x2 hour synchronous seminars and
- the on-line learning takes the form of 12x2 hour asynchronous discussions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each participant will be expected to make a contribution of between 500-1,000 words per Session, about a specific issue in the asynchronous discussion.

Each person will be expected to contribute to the synchronous seminar.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignmenta 6,000 word report on the design and evaluation of their web-based learning environment100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/01/2014


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