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Postgraduate Course: Online Language Learning (EDUA11212)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides the opportunity to engage in design of language learning materials using online technologies. It will build on understanding of language learning methodologies as well as syllabus design.
Course description Course materials, tutor feedback, assessment and evaluation are all areas where developments in ICT provide new possibilities for distance education, blended learning and supplementary course notes/exercises. The design, implementation and evaluation of these offer educational enhancements and also pose particular challenges for course designers and tutors. This course will explore language learning specific to these areas and course participants will be able to design and evaluate their own language learning materials.
During the course you will use discussion boards and other forms of communication with participants and the course tutor, and the first block of the course will focus on becoming familiar with a range of possible communication methods using technology. It is expected that you will bring to the course some expertise in related areas of teaching, learning and/or use of technology, and you will be expected to contribute this to support and collaborate with other course participants.
The assessment for the course will allow you to choose your own course to design and you will then use the suggestions and technologies for language learning to develop and explore a course for your own group of learners. You will justify the choices you have made in course design, considering theories and concepts from both language learning and the use of technology in education.
Your course tutor will be committed to working with you in online discussion, and in providing one-to-one support in the discussions over the coming weeks. In return, we ask that you demonstrate a commitment to the course collaborative activities and that you engage fully with the learning opportunities offered.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Online Activities 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Course participants will demonstrate their ability to design and evaluate a short course using the tools and techniques encountered in the course. Each participant will undertake an assignment equivalent to 4,000 words to include:
A short course using an VLE or Internet site, designed by the course participant and including materials, resources, communication elements, assessment and evaluation.

A rationale which critically evaluates the short course, including analysis of the materials, resources, communication elements, assessment, evaluation and learner autonomy and support, and which reflects on the processes involved.
Feedback The course will be available in a fully online mode. Online methods will include moderated small and whole group discussion in synchronous and asynchronous modes, guided reading, reflection, and self-directed exploration. Individual support from the tutor will be available to students through email and chat. Participants will be expected to engage in peer support. The platform for delivery will be Blackboard Learn, although participants will be expected to explore and use other online platforms such as blogs and virtual worlds.
For each block, participants will be expected to complete a number of online tasks, and an interim report on progress will be provided by the tutor. For participants who are resident in Edinburgh, there is a support session provided.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main issues, principles, theories and concepts of language learning with online technology
  2. Apply this knowledge appropriately to design an online language learning course which contains elements of creative professional practice
  3. Consider the complex issues related to language learning and online technology, and developed suitable explanations of the choices made in the design using these features
  4. Use a range of online technologies to provide materials and support for language learners
  5. Justify the choices made in the development of an online language learning course, including critical reflection of the role of the tutor
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. The course will develop core knowledge and understanding of the fields of language learning and technology in education. Participants will be encouraged to read and evaluate research in cutting-edge research in these fields, and to develop their own areas of interest as applied to the practical decisions made in syllabus design. It is expected that participants will take issues from the course to develop in their own future research design.
2. The course and assessment requires a high degree of self-discipline, and participants will be encouraged to reflect on and evaluate their own personal and professional progress in developing learning autonomy. They will use this growing self-awareness to develop suitable materials for learners. They will also consider the benefits of giving learners choices as fundamental to an understanding of providing fully-accessible education for all
3. Complex issues surrounding communication, culture, pragmatics and discourse as part of language learning will be discussed and encouraged. Participants will be required to justify decisions in course design based on sound principles of language and technology use in education.
Special Arrangements Resource requirements:
Participants will be required to have regular access to a networked computer, and will be responsible for providing their own computing equipment and consumables
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be available as a fully online learning course.
In addition, participants can choose to attend a weekly support session:
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Course organiserMs Ruby Rennie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6331
Course secretaryMrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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