TEL module

I’ve been working on the content and activities for our Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) module for our new Masters in Learning Innovation. The module aims to give students a thorough overview of different technologies and how they can be used to foster different pedagogical approaches. The module is both theoretically informed and practically applied. There will be ample opportunities for students to explore different technologies and reflect on their implications for practice. It will also draw on key research in the field. It starts with an overview of TEL and in particular the history of e-learning and some of the key milestones.  Then there is a focus on policy and its relationship to practice. Following this the range of technologies available are described, along with how they can be used to support learning. One fun activity in this section is a variant on the Photo a day challenge, for two weeks students will be asked to take a picture every day and upload it to a shared Flickr space. The twist is that the picture has to be technology related in some way. E-Pedagogies are then considered; namely: associative, constructivist, situative and connectivist. The research on learner experience and in particular learners’ perceptions and use of technologies is then covered, drawing in particular on research from the UK under the JISC learner experience programme.  Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are then explored, drawing in particular on the EU-funded OPAL and POERUP projects that I was involved with. E-Assessment is then covered, looking at the range of ways in which technologies can support formative, diagnostic, and summative feedback. Mobile learning is considered next and in particular the use of smart phones and tablets, this will include examples of how these are being used at courses at Leicester. We have a history of research on Virtual Worlds and this and gamification will be the next focus. Digital literacies and scholarship are then looked at, drawing in particular on Jenkin’s work on digital literacies and Weller’s recent book ‘The digital scholar.’ Social inclusion and exclusion are next considered, drawing in particular on a recent special issue of Distance Education on this topic. Finally, the module concludes by looking at the international dimension of TEL and extrapolating scenarios for the future. I have really enjoyed putting the module together and to developing the Blackboard site. Really looking forward to the module starting in October!

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