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Recent Developments in Digital Technologies in Education (Module)

Module description

This module will introduce a broad range of current major developments associated with ICT in education. In particular it will include a consideration of computational thinking in the curriculum and its importance for learning. Students may be from a range of subject areas including computer science and they will consider computational thinking as well as the use of computers and the Internet in their subjects for learning, teaching and the curriculum, the nature of educational software, how learners may be changing in the digital age and the impact of new technologies such as multimedia and social networking software. Other areas covered include web-based learning, the role of computer-mediated communications, pedagogy with technology, modelling, learning though gaming, mobile learning and e-assessment. Module teaching is comprised of two face-to-face workshops held at the start and middle of the module on a Saturday together with weekly tasks and readings in ten on-line sessions. Online activities each week will involve:

A task related to the week's theme usually including the study of a specific paper, with each student posting their reactions, comments and reflections to an on-line asynchronous discussion board for others to view and respond. Online synchronous (chat) seminars in small groups to discuss the week's theme. These happen on the same evening each week.

*Please note that although all of the module information is correct for the 2020/1 academic year, it is subject to change for subsequent academic years.

Staff information

Dr Mary Webb

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 1 x 6,000 word assignment (90%)
  • Participation in online discussion forums (10%)

Key information

Module code 7SSEM032

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes