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EDUC5264M Education in a Digital Society

30 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Katharine Stapleford

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

EDUC5257MLearning with Digital Technologies
EDUC5259MTechnology, Education and Society

Module replaces

EDUC5257M Learning with Digital TechnologiesEDUC5259M Learning, Technology and Society

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In this online distance learning module you will be introduced to key issues, debates and theories in the areas of digital learning and in society more widely. You will consider the ways that people view digital developments, whether with fear or enthusiasm, and learn what research has to say. You will explore theories of learning that underpin uses of digital tools in education. You will explore theories of learning that underpin uses of digital tools in education. You will reflect on your own experiences and consider the implications for your own professional context of the theories and debates discussed in this module.


This module will take a critical approach to discourses and debates relating to digital technologies, society and learning. Students will understand a range of theoretical approaches to learning and how these might be realised using digital tools. Students will explore social and cultural aspects of the digital age including the social construction of technology; digital communication and social media; inclusion and access and the impact of technology on children, families and schools.

Learning outcomes
- Critical approach to discourses of digital technology, education and society
- Understanding of theories of learning in relation to digital tools
- Awareness of current debates relating to digital technology, education and society
- Understanding of technology as a social construction


Indicative syllabus:

The module content will be continuously updated to reflect developments in this fast-changing field. Weekly units will cover such topics as popular discourses and academic research around technology, learning and society; the relationship between technology and society, online distance education; theories of learning in the digital age; critical digital pedagogy; inclusion access and the digital divide; digital strategy and skills.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning115.5060.50
Private study hours222.00
Total Contact hours78.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Please note, this module is delivered entirely online, there is no requirement for students to be physically present on campus. The teaching is based on a 'flipped learning' model, whereby each weekly unit comprises asynchronous pre-seminar tasks, a synchronous online seminar and asynchronous post-seminar tasks.

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 or equivalent. Each person will be expected to actively contribute to the weekly synchronous online seminar. Each student will have two individual tutorials to discuss progress.

There will be opportunities for students to submit and receive feedback on a plan and draft of their final assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectDigital project equivalent to 6000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will undertake a multimodal digital project in which they explore their own experiences as learners on this module. The project should include audio and/or video (it may be a video presentation) and should relate some of the module topics/literature to the student's experience of digital education. The students will also be expected to consider how their own personal and professional contexts affect their experiences of learning.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/10/2022 11:39:05


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