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MA Digital Education (Part-time)

Programme code:MA-ED/DGTL-PUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part Time
Programme manager:Ms Katharine Stapleford Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Normally, a first degree plus evidence of relevant professional experience (IELTS 6.5 with no score below 6). Relevant professional experience could include teaching (at any level), education management, supervision or administration, software development, education publishing, education media, and roles involving the implementation, support or management of educational technologies. Other professional experience may be relevant and each case will be considered on its merits.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Education

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Education

Programme specification:

The programme will: provide students with in-depth knowledge of skills, perspectives and current research in digital education. They will have opportunities to apply and reflect on this new knowledge in relation to both their own learning and to their professional contexts. As the programme is aimed at work-based professionals, students will immediately see the relevance of programme content to the practice of digital education. The dialogic ODL delivery of the programme, with both ‘input’ material from tutors and regular student discussions, will provide a balance of opportunities to receive expertise from academic staff and also to learn from each other. The range of digital tools now available and the variety of backgrounds/countries from which students will be drawn means that there will be genuine reciprocal learning between tutors and students. In a field where research can often overstate conclusions from short-term interventions, students will learn to approach research critically and develop skills to carry out action research projects and evaluations in their own professional settings both during and after the programme.

Students on this programme will understand theories of learning underpinning effective use of digital tools; have skills to use and evaluate technologies that are currently available and be able to look towards future developments in the field. They will know how to manage their own CPD in a fast-moving area and be able to support others. Students will be well prepared for doctoral research and will be encouraged to consider continuing study through the professional Doctorate in Education (EdD).

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

EDUC5264MEducation in a Digital Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EDUC5265MDigital Education in Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In some countries, distance learning qualifications can be recognised only if the assessment includes formal written examinations. In those cases, students may replace EDUC5266M and/or EDUC5267M with the modules EDUC5268M Researching Digital Education (Exam) and EDUC5269M Designing Digital Education (Exam)

Compulsory modules:

EDUC5266MResearching Digital Education30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EDUC5267MDesigning Digital Education30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5270MDissertation in Digital Education60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)

Last updated: 30/06/2021 12:18:24


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