Learning, Technology and Education (online) MA

 
  

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Qualification
MA Learning, Technology and Education
Duration
2 years part-time plus dissertation
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent). It will help to have studied at an advanced level either: Computer/information science, media studies, Education or Psychology. Combinations of these are particularly welcome.
Other requirements
If first degree is not within social science, it will help students to have had some experience of acting in an educational setting involved in some way with supporting learning or training or tutoring.
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Jubilee Campus
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

If you’re committed to improving teaching and learning, this distance-learning course can help you understand the conditions of effective learning and explore how new technologies can help.
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Our staff have outstanding international reputations for their teaching and research around these important topics and are committed to supporting your development in these areas.

This course is offered by the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) within the School of Education. Learning sciences draws from psychology, computer science and education. It provides a unique perspective on the theories that underpin successful learning, teaching and innovation within the fast-moving digital world of new technologies.

You will build a deeper understanding of learning and, in addition, how new technologies can be applied within schools, universities and the workplace to support it.

Whether your background is in teaching, computing, psychology or any of the allied disciplines, this course will provide a solid grounding for a career in education, training, educational technology, or further research.

On this course, you will:

  • broaden your knowledge and experience of digital technologies as resources for learning
  • engage with tablets, smartboards mobile learning tools, virtual learning environments, serious games, massive open online courses, computer-supported collaborative learning, and immersive/augmented reality environments
  • evaluate the use of such technologies in educational contexts
  • utilise existing research to make informed decisions about the selection of specific digital technologies
  • explore underpinning theories of learning, particularly as they inform the design and application of successful educational technologies
  • develop knowledge of wider social debates that impact on technology enhanced learning
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Course details

The taught element of the course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed part-time over approximately two years, with a further eight months for the dissertation.

You will study online through the University’s virtual learning environment, typically taking two modules a year for two years, and concluding with your dissertation. Each module requires an equivalent of 10-12 of study per week, and some activities are collaborative and will need regular online presence by arrangement.

Online course materials and support

You will engage with a wide range of digital platforms including e-portfolios, learning through:

  • online and part-time study
  • interaction with specialist tutors and resources
  • experience of a range of technologies
  • supported self-study and collaborative activities

You will be supported by involvement in an online community of practice and personalised guidance for your academic writing.

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards.

To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.

Assessment

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Applying

To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:

Important dates
Start dateApplication deadlineFee year
3 September 2018 6 August 2018 2018/19
 
 

Modules

Core

The Social Contexts of Education Technology (30 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the interpersonal and societal contexts within which educational innovation with learning technology occurs.

In particular it positions you to understand the institutional dimension of creating and sustaining learning technology innovation. It addresses theories of effective interpersonal learning interactions and the relevance of learning technology to their mediation.

 
Introduction to the Learning Sciences (30 credits)

The module covers:

  • associative models of learning
  • cognitive models of learning
  • constructivist models of learning
  • cultural, situated and connectionist models of learning
  • multimedia: the encoding and production of representations
  • intelligent tutoring: theories and implementations of artificial intelligence
  • variation in learners and learning
  • assessment and its electronic mediation
 
Educational Technology Research Methods (30 credits)

The module covers:

  • traditions and media of academic communication
  • practitioner and action-based research
  • relationships between research and policy
  • methods: natural history, observation, ethnography, accounting
  • methods: surveys and psychometrics
  • experimental methods
  • quantitative techniques of description
  • quantitative methods of inference
  • qualitative methods
  • attainment and intervention research examples
 
New Directions in Learning, Technology and Education (30 credits)*

This module will cover:

  • a review of current innovation in learning technology for learning and teaching
  • case studies of innovative practice in technology enhanced learning
  • theoritcal underpinnings of innovation in technology enhanced learning
 
Dissertation (60 credits)

This involves the researching and writing of a substantive piece of scholarship within the field of the course.

You will choose a topic in consultation with your course leader and an appropriate supervisor. The topic will normally be based on interests and skills you have developed in the course of the modules already studied.

 

* This may be replaced with an appropriate module from the School of Education or across the University, subject to approval.

Timetable

You can download the timetable for 2017/18, but please note this is subject to change.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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