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Postgraduate Course: Digital futures for learning (EDUA11214)

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 will give students the opportunity to consider the trajectory and implications of digital technologies for the future of learning. The course takes as its starting point the key themes of personalisation; place, space and mobility; and authorship and collaboration, and uses them to guide exploration of emerging practices and technologies. We will ask: how are more established digital practices evolving? How will new digital technologies and trends impact on learning? How will the students and teachers of tomorrow construct their learning environments and practices?

Of necessity, these are questions the answers to which are highly context-dependent & the future of e-learning technologies is volatile and subject to rapid change. For this reason a significant part of the course will be structured as a series of student-facilitated seminars. Each seminar will take one of the themes or issues from the initial block as a jumping off point for imagining, debating and theorising what digital futures for learning might be like.

The course will draw on literature from e-learning, community education and theories of informal learning, cultural studies, geography, psychology and sociology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed An introduction to digital environments for learning (EDUA11222)
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 1, 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 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Online Activities 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, 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:

be able critically to consider and situate new and emerging trends and technologies;

be aware of some of the social factors influencing technological innovation, and vice versa;

be able to identify the potential of emerging technologies as environments for teaching and learning;

demonstrate practical skill in the deployment of emerging technologies for learning purposes.
Assessment Information
1) Seminar (30%, peer assessment, 10% self assessment): Each participant will design, develop and present or facilitate a seminar for their peers. The main requirement of the seminar is that it engages and involves the rest of the class in considering in a scholarly way issues relevant to the course content. Students may nominate three criteria by which they would like their fellow students to assess their seminars, in addition to the tutor-specified assessment criteria for peer and self assessment.

2) Position Paper (30%): Students will write a 2000 word position paper which introduces and situates their seminar. This paper will be due at the end of week seven.

3) Reflection on seminar (30%): Students will write a 2000 word reflective essay about their seminar, due at the end of week twelve, which includes a synthesis of discussion and a reflection on the seminar and the feedback given by the other class members.
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Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywordsonline learning, digital futures
Course organiserDr Jen Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6133
Course secretaryMs Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
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