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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5257M Learning with Digital Technologies

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Aisha Walker

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

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

EDUC5252MLearning with Virtual Worlds

Module replaces

EDUC 5252M Learning with Virtual Worlds

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module combines theory and practice with regard to technology enhanced learning. A range of learning theories is explored through practical work with software that illustrates the underpinning theoretical approaches.Distance students are not required to attend sessions based at the University of Leeds but are welcome to do so. All students need to attend weekly synchronous online seminars and a choice of times is provided to accommodate different time zones around the world.


Students will know about theories of learning and about various ways that these theories may be realised in the development and/or use of digital tools for learning. Students will also hve gained practical experience of a range of software including educational programming languages, virtual agents, online classrooms,; wikis and other collaborative learning toold; authoring software and digital models.

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

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

Skills outcomes
Facilitation of online dialogue for learning
Creating multimodal presentations
Use of a range of learning technologies


This module examines a variety of approaches to learning with digital tehnology 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 seminars.

Range of issues to be covered:

- adaptive tutoring and personalisation
- dialogue and learning
- constructivism, constructionism and learning through making
- collaborative and socio-cultural approaches
- modelling behaviour: motivation, emotions and character

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning241.0012.00
Group learning123.0036.00
Independent online learning hours107.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours61.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)288.00

Private study

Students will be provided each week with online 'lectures' in written and audio formats together with supplementaty 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 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 500-750 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 individual tutorials to discuss progress. Students will also participate in weekly synchronous online discussions which will also enable tutors to monitor progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Reflective logEquivalent to 6000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students may submit either a conventional text-based assignment or a multimodal presentation (eg Prezi) of equivalent length. The muliemodal presentation must stand along; it will not be part of an oral presentation.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/07/2016


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