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Postgraduate Course: Digital Education: Strategy and Policy (EDUA11321)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course looks in-depth at the policy context of digital education and learning. Supra-governmental, national and regional policies for digital education will be examined in terms of their influence on strategies at sectoral and organisational levels. The course will give participants with an interest in the management of change and the strategic implementation and management of e-learning the frameworks they need in order to formulate effective and timely digital learning strategies for their organisations. It will also provide them with an overview of key policy issues within the field of distance and technology enhanced learning.

Students from outside the Digital Education programme wishing to enrol for this course or take it on a 'class only' basis must liaise directly with the course secretary before enrolling.
Course description This course explores the development and implementation of digital education and learning policies and strategies in post-compulsory education and training. The course critically examines the key influences on strategy and policy at national and organisational levels. We will investigate different approaches to conceptualising and implementing different approaches to digital learning in organisations. We will discuss and explore the organisational implications of developing different approaches to digital education and how these interface with issues of pedagogy and technology and the resource implications for institutions.

Participants will be encouraged to read and discuss some of the theoretical background to policy and strategy setting as these may apply to their organisation, and to contribute discussion materials, either from their own organisation or from publicly-available sources. Case studies will offer opportunities to examine some practical instances of digital education and learning strategies. Participants will be supported in applying and critiquing the concepts and tools of strategy making to their own organisation.

The course draws on literature from public policy, digital education, corporate learning and higher education, information systems as well as from general strategy and management.
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 ( Online Activities 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment of the course will be based on two elements:

(1) On-going course activities. The exercises held throughout Block 3 of the course on the blog and discussion boards will be assessed for 40% of the overall mark.
(2) Assignment. This is a final assignment of 3,000 words and is worth 60% of your final mark. This assignment can be (a) a strategy for e-learning development within your own organisation or one of your choice; or (b) an in depth investigation of a specific topic from the course.
Feedback Formative peer-student and tutor feedback is provided on the discussion fora throughout the duration of the course. This includes in the general discussions as well as in the structured exercises that take place throughout the course.

Formative tutor feedback is also given in the weekly blogs during block 3 of the course. This feedback will assist students in preparation of their final assignment.

Summative feedback is provided on both the individual blogs and final assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completion of the course participants will have: Developed a critical awareness of the local, sectoral and national policy contexts relevant to their own institutional setting and role.
  2. Have gained in-depth knowledge of a range of alternative models for e-learning development and implementation.
  3. Gained the ability to assess and evaluate the impact of the multiple factors affecting the successful implementation of e-learning.
  4. Gained the knowledge and theoretical frameworks needed in order to formulate an effective e-learning strategy for their own organisation.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDigital learning,digital education,e-learning,online learning,strategy,policy
Course organiserMr Peter Evans
Tel: (0131 6)51 6345
Course secretaryMs Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
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