If you’re committed to improving teaching and learning, this distance-learning course can help you understand the conditions of effective learning and explore how new technologies can help.
Our staff have outstanding international reputations for their teaching and research around these important topics and are committed to supporting your development in these areas.
This course is offered by the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) within the School of Education. Learning sciences draws from psychology, computer science, and education. It provides a unique perspective on the theories that underpin successful learning, teaching, and innovation within the fast-moving digital world of new technologies.
You will build a deeper understanding of learning and, in addition, how new technologies can be applied to schools, universities and the workplace to support it.
Whether your background is in teaching, computing, psychology or any of the allied disciplines, this course will provide a solid grounding for a career in education, training, educational technology, or further research.
On this course, you will:
- broaden your knowledge and experience of digital technologies as resources for learning
- engage with tablets, smartboards mobile learning tools, virtual learning environments, serious games, massive open online courses, computer-supported collaborative learning, and immersive/augmented reality environments
- evaluate the use of such technologies in educational contexts
- utilize existing research to make informed decisions about the selection of specific digital technologies
- explore underpinning theories of learning, particularly as they inform the design and application of successful educational technologies
- develop knowledge of wider social debates that impact on technology enhanced learning
- Dr. Pryce Davis (contact for academic inquiries)
- Professor Charles Crook
- Professor Shaaron Ainsworth
- The staff listed above are supported by a team of University staff and outside practitioners.
- 200 years of experience in the field of education
- 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
The taught element of the course is made up of 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed part-time over approximately two years, with a further eight months for the dissertation.
You will study online through the University’s virtual learning environment, typically taking two modules a year for two years, and concluding with your dissertation. Each module requires an equivalent of 10-12 of study per week, and some activities are collaborative and will need regular online presence by arrangement.
Online course materials and support
You will engage with a wide range of digital platforms including e-portfolios, learning through:
- online and part-time study
- interaction with specialist tutors and resources
- experience of a range of technologies
- supported self-study and collaborative activities
You will be supported by involvement in an online community of practice and personalized guidance for your academic writing.
Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:
- Start date:3 September 2018
- Application deadline:6 August 2018
- The Social Contexts of Educational Technology
- Introduction to the Learning Sciences
- Educational Technology Research Methods
- New Directions in Learning, Technology, and Education*
* This may be replaced with an appropriate module from the School of Education or across the University, subject to approval.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Career destinations for our graduates include counselors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.
Employability and average starting salary
99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.
2:2 (or international equivalent) plus some work/volunteer experience in an educational setting
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated February 17, 2018