Postgraduate Course: E-learning and digital culture (EDUA11149)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
An introduction to digital environments for learning (EDUA11110)
||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
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||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.
|No Exam Information
| 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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course is delivered flexibly and online.
|Keywords||learning culture, cyberculture
|Course organiser||Dr Sian Bayne
Tel: (0131 6)51 6337
|Course secretary||Ms Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
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