This module will introduce participants to a range of technologies for learning and provide them with an opportunity to try out technologies and to consider how they can make effective use of such technologies to enhance their teaching.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
1. Critically evaluate theories concerning the relationship between technology and learning.
2. Compare and contrast a range of technologies available to teachers in higher education (including classroom technologies & internet based technologies).
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of various technologies in the context of their own teaching practice.
4. Develop simple multimedia materials for teaching purposes. These resources will be underpinned by the principles of universal design for learning.
5. Effectively select and use appropriate technologies in their own teaching.
6. Develop a comprehensive learning environment, which would incorporate a range of resources, appropriate for a specific group of learners.
7. Design and deliver an online microteaching session, using suitable web-conferencing software.
This module on technology enhanced learning (TEL) focuses on the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to support learning in higher education.
Introduction to technology enhanced learning
Describe a range of technologies available to support learning in higher education. Discuss and evaluate current and emerging theories of technology enhanced learning. Discuss social and ethical issues associated with technology enhanced learning, in particular the issue of digital inclusion.
Learning theory and technology enhanced learning
Review major aspects of how psychologists have sought to understand learning, and consider the implications of their theories for the use of technology to enhance learning. Outline major theories of learning including behaviourism, constructivism and constructionism. Explain the implications of these theories for technology enhanced learning. Explore theories of instructional design.
The online environment
Identify, evaluate and use applications and tools for supporting and managing online learning. Discuss and use major features of virtual learning environments, such as Moodle /Blackboard. Create and populate a webpage within the Virtual Learning Environment. Evaluate the use of social media and other online collaborative tools for teaching/learning. Explore how to interact within the online classroom environment and investigate the appropriateness of the online classroom as a teaching/learning environment.
Beyond the PC
Explore technologies that are integrated into traditional classroom teaching, particularly data projectors, interactive whiteboards and classroom response systems, personal devices e.g. mobile personal electronic devices such as mobile phones and personal media players.
Explain the value for learning of a range of classroom technologies, including data projectors, interactive whiteboards and classroom response systems. Describe ways that a range of mobile devices (such as mobile phones, personal media players, PDAs and netbooks) can be used to support mobile learning.
Creating digital content
Learn how to create digital learning objects, using readily available free tools or widely available commercial software, such as Microsoft Powerpoint . Author/produce multimedia learning objects, according to sound instructional design principles, using readily available tools, and incorporating audio and video elements. Utilise a range of output formats and storage options and evaluate their appropriateness for particular pedagogical purposes.
Locating and evaluating digital resources
Evaluate online resources in order to be assured of their value. Critically discuss major principles and theories of learning related multimedia construction. Identify sources of useful web content - including open content, institutional repositories and subject portals. Evaluate web resources according to criteria of credibility, usability and accessibility. Locate, evaluate and select Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) relevant to your subject area specialism. Critically discuss issues of plagiarism, copyright and intellectual property related to the educational use of web resources.
Best practice in technology enhanced learning
Make informed choices about the appropriate mix of technologies and delivery methods, depending on such variables as learner characteristics, and the type and level of learning.