The course will allow you to understand theories of learning underpinning the effective use of digital tools, as well as develop the skills to use and evaluate technologies that are currently available and look towards future developments in the field.
As a digital learner yourself, you will benefit from learning about the theories and practices of digital education whilst being able to relate them to your own experience.
As an online learner, you will have regular group discussions which could connect you to professionals in other countries with new perspectives. Throughout the course, you will benefit from the expertise of academic staff and also learn from fellow professionals.
In a field where research can often overstate conclusions from short-term interventions, you will learn to approach research critically and develop skills to carry out research and evaluations in your own professional settings both during and after the programme.
The programme will provide you with in-depth knowledge, skills, perspectives and current research in digital education. You will have opportunities to apply and reflect on this new knowledge in relation to both your own learning and to your professional contexts.
The modules will ensure a strong foundation in terms of digital education and research methods training as well as considering data analytics and associated ethics which are increasingly important. In addition, you will learn how to plan, develop and evaluate digital learning resources ensuring the course is practical in outlook and can be directly applied in work-based contexts.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time.
- Education in a Digital Society
- Digital Education in Practice
- Researching Digital Education
- Designing Digital Education
- Dissertation in Digital Education
Learning and teaching
Teaching methods will include content delivery through online audio, video and text lectures plus online readings and additional resources. In addition, there will be weekly online (synchronous) seminars for group discussion and student support plus weekly asynchronous group activities using a range of digital tools. This interactional approach will not only deepen learning but also provide a sense of community as you will be able to build relationships with fellow students.
Each module will take a different approach to assessment, enabling you to gain practical experience in presenting information using a range of digital technology tools. For example, you might be asked to present work as a poster, a multi-modal presentation, a website, an audio presentation with quizzes or a video.
For students in countries where distance learning qualifications will be recognised only if some modules include formal written examinations there will be the option, on up to two modules, of sitting a traditional examination instead of coursework assessment, please contact us for more information if required.
A 2:1 honours degree plus evidence of relevant professional experience.
Relevant professional experience could include teaching (at any level), education management, supervision or administration, software development, education publishing, education media, and roles involving the implementation, support or management of educational technologies. Other professional experience may be relevant and each case will be considered on its merits.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any subject. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
- International students: 30 June
- UK/EU students: 31 July
Documents and information we will need include:
- Original or certified copies of your transcripts
- Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
- Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
- Details of two referees.
For the latest information regarding fees please see our website: https://courses.leeds.ac.uk
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be helpful for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.
This programme is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to achieve professional development. Some students will be able to apply for promotion or higher level posts within existing career paths while others will be able to change career direction, for example, into CPD provision, educational software development or full-time-learning technology support.
Research methods training will also be very useful to enhance your own professional practice and therefore their institutions, and could lead on to a doctorate if desired.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
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