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Postgraduate Course: E-learning and digital culture (EDUA11149)

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 None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course situates online learning within the context of the emergence of a specifically 'digital culture'. Recent years have seen a growing dependence in the West on the technologies of cyberspace and digital, networked media for conducting our working and social lives. How does our immersion in this new digital world affect us socially and culturally, and how does it change us as both teachers and learners?

The course will draw on theory from media studies, cultural studies and the study of cyberculture, as well as the educational research influenced by these areas of thought. It will explore the emergence of digital culture, looking at how it interfaces with learning cultures, popular culture, and ideas of virtual community, and considering how the digital domain forges changes in the way we understand language, identity, embodiment, race, gender and subjectivity.

The conceptual material will be explored alongside the development of practical skill in web page design and creation, with part of the course assessment requiring the synthesis of these through submission of a web essay.
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 Students will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables. Broadband is recommended.
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information The course is delivered flexibly and online.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
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 this course participants will:

have a critical awareness of the key concepts emerging from the study of digital culture, via cyberculture theory, cultural and media studies

be able to assess the implications of this thought for the history, development and deployment of e-learning technologies

be able to synthesise these ideas in order to develop critically-aware, media-specific pedagogies for online learning

have developed practical skills in the design and building of web sites
Assessment Information
1) Commonplace book (50%): An academic online journal in which learners will record important quotes drawn from the course readings written out verbatim and their responses to these quotes. Participants will be expected to maintain the commonplace book from week one of the course, and it should be complete by week twelve.

2) Web essay (50%): Participants will submit an essay in the form of a web page, or series of web pages. The web essay will be based around a review of one of the course set texts, incorporating commentary on the implications of its ideas for learning online. Participants will receive guidance on what should be included in their essay in terms of hyperlinks, use of sources and multimodality.
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordslearning culture, cyberculture
Course organiserDr Sian Bayne
Tel: (0131 6)51 6337
Course secretaryMs Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
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