This postgraduate programme examines the use of digital technologies in education, and how they can be used to enhance learning. We also offer MA Learning, Technology and Education (online)
It will help you to understand how evidence-based learning theories can inform the design and use of innovative learning technologies in your practice.
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
New technologies are the method as well as the focus of the teaching as students engage with games, mobiles, interactive learning environments to name just a few. Each year, there is an opportunity to visit London to attend the largest educational technology trade show in Europe.
Teaching is delivered in a state-of-the-art flexible learning room using a ‘flipped’ approach. This course is particularly suitable if you have the flexibility to be based in the Nottingham area and wish to study here, taking advantage of the full range of campus-based resources.
The staff listed above are supported by a team of University staff and outside practitioners.
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.
The taught element of the course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time, plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.
Each of the four taught modules are organised into a series of approximately 10 units. These units involve a three-hour weekly class comprised of lecture, discussion and small-group work, and are supported by web-based materials. These will be prepare you for the session as well as facilitating follow-up reading, practice, exploration and discussion using a 'flipped' model.
You will have time for informal tutorial support and are encouraged to make use of text-based peer and tutor discussion opportunities. These can be found within the virtual learning environment which can be accessed from any networked computer on or off-campus.
We welcome students into the LSRI's community of masters and PhD students, postdocs and staff. A drop-in learning lunch is held weekly in term-time and regular seminars (streamed online when possible) are given by leading national and international academics.
Timing of sessions
Full-time students will need to commit two afternoons a week (currently Monday and Thursday) to attend taught modules, and part-time students one afternoon a week. Then there are a range of activities, seminars and group exercises on other days. You are expected to pursue directed private study at other times. Part-time students need to allocate one afternoon a week and can participate digitally in many of the wider activities.
This is not just about books. While the education and computer science library collection is excellent, you will also have access to experts, laboratories, other students, and digital technology itself. It will help to have your own laptop.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by the equivalent of a 6,000-word portfolio, which can include written assignments, research methods, and wiki entries. 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.
- Introduction to the Learning Sciences (30 credits)
- Educational Technology Research Methods (30 credits)
- The Social Contexts of Education Technology (30 credits)
- New Directions in Learning, Technology and Education (30 credits)*
- 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 (online or face-to-face) or across the University, subject to approval.
You can view an example timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the various online timetable systems.
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.
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
99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. 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.
2:2 (or international equivalent). It will help to have studied at an advanced level either computer/information science, media studies, education or psychology or combinations of these. If first degree is not within social science, it will help you to have had some experience of acting in an educational setting involved in some way with supporting learning or training or tutoring
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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