EDU-10068 - Digital Technologies: Rethinking Learning and Teaching
Coordinator: Lingling Xu Tel: +44 1782 7 34867
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

This module will explore the sociological implications of the use of contemporary technologies in education. We will first investigate the divide between `digital natives¿ and `digital immigrants¿. We will also investigate whether the lack of boundaries in online spaces changes the ways in which we communicate and how the lack of boundaries impacts on people's identities. We will focus on such questions as: `Do people change when they go online?¿, `Who do they become?¿ and `Why?¿ We will also analyse the issue of `cyber-bullying¿ and the role online environments and social networking play in its growth. We will finally explore the rise of social networking, twitter, mobile phones and blogs and their impact on how we interact in our networks, generate knowledge and exercise power. To understand this impact, we will explore the social network perspective. Students will be required to conceptually design a learning tool, give a group presentation and to write an essay.

1) To encourage students to explore their own learning processes in the context of Information and Communication Technology;
2) To facilitate students reflection on their personal experience of learning in the light of theories and research about learning in Higher Education and about the potential of ICT for learning;
3) Enable students to work in teams to pursue intellectual and practical projects.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

develop a rigorous approach to evaluating theory and research based on students' own personal experiences with digital technologies and the experiences of other students shared through literature: 2
engage with debates on sociological implications of Web 2.0 technologies as `everyday¿ users of technology: 2
demonstrate the ability to combine knowledge, theories and principles in novel ways in the analysis of current debates surrounding digital technologies in education: 2
reflectively analyse their own learning in the context of theory and research about learning: 2
demonstrate the ability to combine knowledge and theories in the analysis of issues surrounding educational innovations such as `cyberbullying¿, `online identities¿ and `mobile learning¿: 2
design and produce a conceptual learning resource: 1,2

Study hours

22 hours contact time (consisting of 11 hours lecture; 11 hours workshops);
28 hours team meetings and preparation for seminar/workshops;
60 hours preparation and writing of essay;
10 hours preparation for presentation;
30 hours preparation and writing of portfolio.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Presentation weighted 20%
Group presentation
Small group presentation of 10 minutes in duration requiring students to conceptually design (storyboard) a digital learning tool with a view to engaging students with the debates around the role of ICT in Higher Education learning.

2: Essay weighted 80%
2,000 word essay
An essay exploring issues around digital technologies and learning.