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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5264M Education in a Digital Society

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Chrissi Nerantzi

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

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 including practices, whether with enthusiam or fear, and learn what research has to say. You will explore a range of learning theories that underpin applications of digital tools and technologies across the education and lerning and development sector together with emerging technological developments. You will critically 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, learning and development. Students will explore and discuss a range of theoretical approaches to learning and how these might be realised using digital tools in their own professional settings. 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 as well as employees, students, organisations and communities and further emerging areas relevant to the module.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes (LO) relevant to the subject:
LO1: Critically assess key contemporary debates and discouses of digital technology, education and society in their professional context.
LO2: Apply specific theories of learning in relation to digital tools to their professional context.
LO3: Critically reflect on a range of digital technologies as a social construction in their professional context.

Skills Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1.Critically reflect on the use of digital education in your own professional practice
2. Expand your professional network of digital education practitioners and become an active and valued member of such communities both online and in person
3. Collaborate effectively online using a range of digital communication tools with other digital education practitioners
4. Use appropriate digital tools to present and communicate information


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning115.5060.50
Private study hours221.00
Total Contact hours79.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be regular opportunities for all students to receive feedback on their work-in-progress during seminars, tutorials and their work captured in their workbook. Beyond the feedback, students will receive from tutors orally and in writing as appropriate, also as a group or cohort, all students are encouraged to engage in peer-to-peer feedback and self evaluation to develop their own feedback competencies and further strengthen their own work while also engaging in peer learning. Students are also invited to share their work with colleagues in their professional context and engage in wider conversations about their thoughts linked to the module. Planned group tutorials will provide further opportunities for feedback together with the ongoing conversations within asynchronous discussions throughout the module linked to learning and assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 17/05/2024 10:02:25


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