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Postgraduate Course: Learning and Teaching Online (EDUA11181)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will consider how networked, digital technologies and spaces can best be engaged with in the context of learning and teaching in higher education, and how such engagement might affect both pedagogy and scholarship.

The course will give participants the opportunity to gain a practical and critical grounding in the use of digital technologies for learning. It will enable them to engage hands-on with a range of digital learning environments, offer practical guidance to the effective use of new technologies for learning, and also explore some of the cultural and contextual issues which define ?e-learning= as a vibrant field of study.

On completion of the course, participants will have gained an introductory overview of how online learning has become a key issue in higher education, what digital environments can offer in terms of the delivery of courses and support of learning, and how the project of teaching and learning is affected by our engagement with these technologies. Participants will gain first-hand experience of working individually and collaboratively in a formal online-learning programme, will learn how to build their own online course, and will have the chance to engage with and debate some of the key ideas about e-learning emerging from current research.

There will be two 2-hour lab sessions, with the rest of the course being delivered via online, distance learning.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Online Activities 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Other Study Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 75 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Participants will create a plan for the introduction of a new online / blended element to an existing course with which they are involved, or to a course which is currently being designed or re-designed. The plan need not include the creation of any new course content materials, or require the design of any computer-based tools, but rather should be based on the use of existing online tools (either currently provided by the University, or freely available from an external Web-based service provider). The plan should focus on the design of a learning activity to be carried out by the student group based around the tool or tools chosen. The submission should be between 2000 and 2,500 words.

A pass in this assignment is contingent on participants demonstrating a critical understanding of selected key concepts relating to learning and teaching online within research-intensive settings, offering a clear and critical rationale for how their online strategies can be used to promote student learning. It is expected that participants take account of student diversity as appropriate. The assignment should demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on their planned practice and to demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which academic work in digital contexts affects and alters the ways in which we support learning and teaching practice.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course participants will be able to:

critically evaluate a range of technologies in terms of their impact on teaching and learning
begin to design their own online learning resources
contextualise their own practice in terms of the key issues emerging from current research in e-learning
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Participants 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 highly recommended. All core and some additional readings will be provided online through e-reserve.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Hamish Macleod
Tel: (0131 6)51 6665
Course secretaryMiss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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