Digital and Mobile Learning

LocationOnline
FacultyWestminster Business School

This module has two aims. The first is for participants to learn and 
understand how different technologies, both face to face and online, can
 deliver different teaching/learning activities. The second is to enable 
participants to determine how best to use what they learn about
 technologies within their own teaching context.

The heart of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to conduct your own experiments using technologies in class with your students and evaluate the experience together with them. This will give you a real experience of implementing an intervention supported by peers on the course and tutors. This module gives you a community of practitioners to talk to, as well as case studies, design principles and most importantly time to think and reflect and change your practice in light of your journey, informed by student feedback, and see with your own eyes the advantages and disadvantages of using technologies.

By the end of the module you will have developed an informed personal view of 
issues involved in designing and teaching using technologies through a
 practical approach to developing your own teaching practice.

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23 September 2016 1 semester Flexible £975 Already started

Course content

The indicative syllabus covers the following:

  • Setting the context for the use of technology for learning in higher education
  • Designing learning environments to prepare and support the digital student
  • Good practice in implementing blended learning
  • Developing good podcasting for learning
  • Using online lectures to support student active learning
  • Making large and small group teaching more interactive
  • Opportunities offered by mobile learning
  • Flipped classroom

How you learn

The module is taught wholly online over 12 weeks and will be moderated by one tutor and supported by online resources.

You will be expected to spend an average of 4 hours per week working on the module, working through a range of background resources, contributing to discussion boards and completing set individual tasks.

Each week you will need to take part in different online activities, which should support your learning. It is very important that you log into Blackboard regularly, on a daily basis if possible, but at least three to four times a week.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through the development of an electronic portfolio of evidence and artefacts demonstrating what you have learned or achieved. You will be required to demonstrate critical reflection on your practice in the light of your engagement with course activities and readings, so as to develop plans for improving your practice. Also, as part of exanining how technology can impact on your teaching and learning activities, you will be asked to evidence your use of a particular technology in a teaching and learning setting.

Participants completing this module will be better able to:

  • identify sustainable technologies that can be used to deliver teaching and learning activities, including information and knowledge dissemination, discussion and debate, practical work, assessment and out-of-class work
  • evaluate the relative advantages and disadvantages of different technologies in delivering and facilitating major teaching and learning activities in relation to issues such as student diversity, equality and learning preference
  • develop strategies to mitigate identified issues and problems associated with the implementation of technology-based learning approaches
  • critically reflect on the desirability, practicalities and issues associated with changing delivery from mainly face-to-face to a much more flexible mode

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent), demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area, and be teaching at least 72 hours per year at UK higher education level 4 or above, including in further education, private college settings and internationally (international qualification levels taught will be checked against UK equivalents).

Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

Guidance for internal applicants

If you are a University of Westminster employee or PhD student, we require less information from you as we already hold some of it in the HR systems. We have produced a document to take you through the UKPASS process and let you know what you need to fill in. Please download and refer to our UKPASS application guide (PDF).

Internal applicants (including PhD students) also need line manager approval to gain exemption from course fees. Please complete the fee exemption form (DOC) and upload it when applying through UKPASS.