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2013/14 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5252M Learning with Virtual Worlds

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Aisha Walker

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) 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 e-mail, 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:

- understand in depth the relationship (s) between learning theories and new technology;
- evaluate critically their personal experience of using technology for learning.


This module examines a variety of approaches to learning with new technology and their theoretical basis. Each approach is illustrated using a software application, and participants will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through workshops, discussion and seminar.

Range of issues to be covered:
- microworlds and Constructivism;
- collaborative learning;
- adaptive tutoring systems;
- modeling and learning;
- role play and communication.

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 500-1000 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
Assignment6,000 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

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/01/2014


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