Postgraduate Course: Course design for digital environments (EDUA11323)
|Moray House School of Education
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Online Distance Learning
|Available to all students
|Designing 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Information for Visiting Students
|Students 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and apply a range of approaches to the design of online and offline courses
- Critically evaluate these approaches via an understanding of their philosophical and theoretical bases
- Select and design media, learning activities and assessment tasks appropriate to each approach
- Design and build course components appropriate to your own institutional and educational context
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|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.
|Online learning,course design,e-learning,digital learning,digital education
|Dr Christine Sinclair
Tel: (0131 6)51 4192
|Ms Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196