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Postgraduate Course: Course design for digital environments (EDUA11323)

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
SummaryDesigning an online course requires teachers and developers to find a pathway through a complex terrain in which media, curriculum, ideology, context and resources must all be balanced and negotiated. This course will give a practical and theoretical grounding in ways of approaching this task.

We will begin by exploring a range of approaches to course design, looking at online examples and at some of the critical debates surrounding each approach. We will then move on to a small group activity in which each member will have the opportunity to design and run a small-scale learning event, ending with a discussion of assessment issues and a practical task in the design of assessment criteria. Students will also have the option to study approaches to course evaluation, and issues of usability in interface design for learning. For the main course assessment students will have the opportunity to design and part-build their own course.

Students from outwith 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 Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents MUST have passed: An introduction to digital environments for learning (EDUA11222). Approval by Course Coordinator necessary for enrolment. Please contact the Course Coordinator if you are considering this course.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  31
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Online Activities 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There are two parts to the course assessment:

1) Reflection on the learning event. Weeks 5 and 6 will involve students designing and conducting a small-scale learning event with a small group of fellow learners. At the end of this period, they will write a short piece reflecting on this event, discussing its ethos and rationale, and considering its success or otherwise. (1000 words max) (20%)

2) Course design. The main part of theassessment will involve students designing a course for delivery, or part delivery, online. This will require them to: i) write a course descriptor, ii) write a rationale for the design approach they have taken, iii) build or part-build the course in a learning environment of their choice. (80%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply a range of approaches to the design of online and offline courses
  2. Critically evaluate these approaches via an understanding of their philosophical and theoretical bases
  3. Select and design media, learning activities and assessment tasks appropriate to each approach
  4. Design and build course components appropriate to your own institutional and educational context
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements 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.
KeywordsOnline learning,course design,e-learning,digital learning,digital education
Course organiserDr Christine Sinclair
Tel: (0131 6)51 4192
Course secretaryMs Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
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