MA Technology, Education and Learning (distance learning)
This part-time online programme allows you to learn more about the links between digital technologies and education, and how technology can support learning in different settings – all while balancing your studies with your work and personal life.
Aimed at people currently using digital technology in education, such as teachers, trainers, librarians, management and software developers, the programme focuses on theoretical, professional and practical applications of digital technology. You’ll have the chance to explore topics like microworlds and constructivism, collaborative learning, tutoring systems and more. You’ll also analyse research and development in the field of technology-enhanced learning.
You’ll gain practical experience of e-learning while you study using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you’ll meet and discuss your research with people working around the world.
Please be aware that this is not an IT skills training course. We will expect you to have basic IT skills such as word processing, email and using the internet before you start the programme.
This programme is also available to study as a full-time Leeds-based programme over 12 months.
From the beginning of the programme you’ll take core modules that lay the foundations of your studies. In your first year you’ll consider the relationships between learning theories and digital technologies and how software applications can be used for modelling, role play, tutoring systems and other purposes. You’ll expand on this in Year Two as you think about key issues and debates in digital learning and digital technology as a whole, both in the classroom and in society as a whole.
You’ll also develop specialist knowledge when you select from optional modules in each year – you could focus on digital learning environments, language learning through technology and more. If you’re able to attend classes in Leeds, you could even choose one optional module from across the School of Education on topics from educational research to developmental disorders.
Throughout your final year, you’ll also work on your critical study – a major piece of independent research which allows you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained. You’ll work closely with your academic supervisor, who will guide you through your research.
Learning and teaching
To give you hands-on experience of online learning, the programme is taught online: you’ll be provided with online ‘lectures’ in written and audio formats with additional reading material and activities, and you’ll discuss your reading with other students in our forum. You’ll also have online seminars, with a choice of times to accommodate people living in different time zones and with varying work schedules.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods to help you develop different skills. These will include your contribution to online discussions as well as essays, projects and project reports, presentations and reflective logs to allow you to evaluate your own learning and practice. Some modules can be assessed by exam if you would prefer – you can either come to Leeds to sit them here, or pay a separate fee to the British Council to sit the exam in a local British Council Office.
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