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ED50330: Technologies for learning

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
* Examine the concept of a technology for learning.
* Consider the effectiveness of these technologies for achieving particular learning outcomes.
* Understand the use of these technologies to support more flexible approaches to learning.
* Provide a framework for evaluating the use of technologies for learning in education and training.
* Explore models for communication.
* Understand the concept of visual literacy and its importance in the development of technologies for learning.

Learning Outcomes: Having studied the unit, students will be able to:
* define the concept of a technology for learning and give a range of examples;
* analyse the advantages and disadvantages of a range of technologies for learning;
* enhance and support learning using information and communication technology;
* define the terms open, distance and flexible learning and describe their inter-relationships;
* critically evaluate the role of visual literacy in the design and use of ICT;
* critically evaluate applications involving technologies for learning such as integrated learning systems, pedagogical websites and e-moderation.

Skills: Key Skills
1. Make critical use of the literature of the field of Education (T/F/A).
2. Make critical use of professional experience in the field of Education (T/F/A).
4. Analyse, interpret and critique findings and arguments (T/F/A).
9. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (T/F).
10. Evaluate research and variety of types of information and evidence critically, also making informed judgements in the absence of complete data (T/F/A)
12. Contribute to professional debate in the field of education (F).
13. Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level (F).
14. Communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences (T/F).
15. Evaluate their own academic and professional performance (T/F/A).
16. Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands (F).
17. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress (F).
18. Develop new or higher level skill, for example in information technology (T/F/A).

Content: The unit will address the following areas:
* the origins and development of technologies for learning
* models for understanding communication
* approaches to open and flexible learning
* models of learning and technologies for learning
* learning using information and communication technologies
* visual literacy and multimedia learning
* web-based learning and the evaluation of pedagogical websites
* e-learning and e-moderation.

Programme availability:

ED50330 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education

ED50330 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education


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