MSc Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What benefits can this programme offer?
A. On completion of this course participants will have enhanced their role as e-learning professionals and have the ability to evaluate, design and implement technology for learning. During the programme the participants will explore a range of current technologies adding value to learning in a range of professional contexts.
The strengths of the programme lie in the sound pedagogy and research underpinning all modules, the substantial applied project, the diverse range of optional modules and the development of skills that will enable participants to be responsive to the changing emergent technologies in the future.
A stimulating, research-focused exploration of theory and practice across the field of e-learning will be provided. To complement this, on offer throughout the programme is a strong foundation for the planning, development and management of e-learning systems, technologies, programmes or educational solutions. Many varieties of educational contexts are considered, with a focus on using digital technologies in a range of ways, and learning from and carrying out research-based evaluation of e-learning systems. The programme will examine contemporary theories of learning, educational technologies and the role of technologies in education and training. The practical orientation of the programme will see participants having the opportunity to put all they have learned into current and real-life situations.
Q. Where is the programme located?
A. The programme is offered by the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC) in the DIT. All face-to-face classes take place in specialist teaching rooms in the LTTC, 5th Floor, DIT Aungier Street Campus, Dublin. There are options to take fully online modules as part of this programme.
Q. Who is the programme aimed at?
A. This programme is aimed at e-learning specialists, researchers, consultants, lecturers, teachers, tutors, trainers in commercial enterprises, policy makers, librarians, technological support staff and managers. Participants will develop the confidence and skills to develop, facilitate and manage e-learning in different contexts and with different pedagogical approaches. On successful completion of this programme, participants who are endeavouring to establish e-learning opportunities in their organisation will be supported as well as those who are considering blending this with a career in an educational setting, in teaching, training or educational management. This programme can also provide a strong base for those wishing to undertake a Doctorate of Education (EdD) or PhD.
Q. What is the duration of the masters?
A. The programme will take a minimum of two academic years (part-time) to complete.
Q. What are the admission requirements?
A. Entry to the MSc Applied eLearning is open to graduates who have achieved an honours degree or equivalent. Due to the applied nature of the programme, it is important that you are in employment in education or training. Candidates without academic qualifications but with experience of appropriate professional responsibility will be considered on an individual basis.
The first 15 ECTS can be achieved prior to starting the programme in the Professional Development Module through evidence of professional practice. Applicants will write a personal statement and attend an interview to discuss details of their professional practice in the areas of eLearning/teaching & professional learning to date.
Q. What modules will be offered in Year 1?
A. All modules are highly interactive and blend the presentation of knowledge, ideas and research with the practical exploration of relevant issues, supported by discussion and collaborative small group work.
Core Modules: Professional Development; Learning Theories; Instructional Design and eAuthoring; Educational Research Design; e-Portfolio Module
Elective Modules: [Choose one 5 ECTs module from this list]: Creativity & Critical Thinking; Trends in eLearning; Supporting Virtual Communities (fully online); Strategic, Project & Change Management in eLearning; Assessment & Feedback; Academic Writing & Publishing
Q. What are the assessment requirements?
A. Assessment in Year 1 is continuous; formative feedback is provided to participants throughout the modules and then each module is summatively assessed at its conclusion. In Year 2 the participant completes the applied eLearning project. This major project, which contributes to their final degree award and requires participants to plan the development, management and evaluation of an eLearning resource/artefact, will have potential for a large impact in the professional context of the participant. There is also the opportunity to publish a journal paper disseminating the Applied Project in a target journal of the participant’s own choice.
Q. What is the ePortfolio?
A. Throughout the programme, participants are expected to demonstrate evidence of their learning as they progress throughout the modules. Evidence of the prior knowledge and motivations along with critical reflections on learning are incorporated into the ePortfolio. Participants also provide evidence of research and of eLearning resources designed and developed during the programme.
Q. What prior technical skills do I need to participate on the programme?
A. The programme is aimed at those with basic computer skills. There is an opportunity in one of the core modules to undertake tutorials on HTML development and use of rapid development tools for eLearning. However participants are also required to independently explore and learn tools suitable for eLearning development. All participants should feel confident is using the internet, downloading and managing files, and installing software on a computer. Familiarity with email, word processing and file management is expected on entry to the programme.
Q. What are the fees?
A. The Course code is DT580.
Course Fees €2700 plus €135 capitation fee TOTAL = €2835 per year
Q. How do I apply?
A. There are more details on application here. For any fee or application queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.