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Postgraduate Course: Effective course design for e-learning (EDUA11148)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionDesigning an online course requires teachers and developers to find a pathway through a complex terrain in which media, curriculum, ideology, context and resources must all be balanced and negotiated. This course will give a practical and theoretical grounding in ways of approaching this task.

We will begin by exploring a range of approaches to course design, looking at online examples and at some of the critical debates surrounding each approach. We will then move on to a small group activity in which each member will have the opportunity to design and run a small-scale learning event, ending with a discussion of assessment issues and a practical task in the design of assessment criteria. Students will also have the option to study approaches to course evaluation, and issues of usability in interface design for learning. For the main course assessment students will have the opportunity to design and part-build their own course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: An introduction to digital environments for learning (EDUA11110)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs As with other courses on the MSc in E-learning, students must have good access to an internet-enabled computer and browser capable of delivering the VLE WebCT and any other applications they wish to use this during the course (there will be optional sessions in Second Life and chat).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesApproval by Course Coordinator necessary for enrolment. Please contact the CC if you are considering this course.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  26
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information The course is delivered flexibly and entirely online.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Online Activities 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course students will be able to:

understand and apply a range of approaches to the design of online and offline courses
critically evaluate these approaches via an understanding of their philosophical and theoretical bases
select and design media, learning activities and assessment tasks appropriate to each approach
design and build course components appropriate to their own institutional and educational context.
Assessment Information
There are two parts to the course assessment:

1) Reflection on the learning event. Weeks 5 and 6 will involve students designing and conducting a small-scale learning event with a small group of fellow learners. At the end of this period, they will write a short piece reflecting on this event, discussing its ethos and rationale, and considering its success or otherwise. (1000 words max) (20%)

2) Course design. The main part of the assessment will involve students designing a course for delivery, or part delivery, online. This will require them to: i) write a course descriptor, ii) write a rationale for the design approach they have taken, iii) build or part-build the course in a learning environment of their choice. (80%)
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Transferable skills Not entered
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KeywordsOnline learning, course design, e-learning
Course organiserDr Christine Sinclair
Tel: (0131 6)51 4192
Course secretaryMs Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
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