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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA Technology, Creativity and Thinking in Education

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Technology, Creativity and Thinking in Education Programme codePTA1EDUEDU08
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MA in Technology, Creativity and Thinking in Education develops a critical and reflective programme of work for individuals who would like to enhance their understanding and knowledge around approaches to learning and teaching which meet the needs of learners in the 21st century. Our programme will support you to develop your knowledge and understanding in approaches related to technology, creativity and thinking in education, prepare you for further (professional) research and provide a firm foundation for developing your career in education and associated disciplines.

The two core modules of the programme will work together to enable students to apply new educational theories and insights from cutting edge research to practical learning situations around the topics such as educational technology, communication, creativity and thinking.

You will learn and work in a variety of ways to further your understanding. This includes lectures, seminars, workshops, peer led activity and online and digital resources and activities. For the two core modules, some teaching experience is preferred and/or you may need to be currently working in an education context. All modules are assessed through course work – there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, digital portfolios and presentations.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The key aim of the programme is to facilitate conceptual links between theory and practice through reflective action from the participants. Each of the modules will encourage the students to reflect on an area of their practice in light of the theories, methods and policies presented and discussed in the course.

More specifically the Programme aims to equip you with:

  1. a good grasp of the central ideas, concepts, debates, theories, philosophies and approaches around the role of technology, creativity and thinking skills in education;
  2. a critical understanding of the main issues around the role of education in the Internet Age and around possible futures for education;
  3. the ability to define and evaluate complex educational issues, drawing on international perspectives in relation to the role of technology, creativity and thinking in education
  4. to equip you with the methodological knowledge needed to select appropriate methods to research;
  5. to provide you with knowledge and skills needed to integrate theory and practice and skills and understanding to conduct research projects independently using any of the main methodologies of educational research;

4. Programme Structure

The MA Technology and Education Futures is a 1-year programme of study at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme consists of 1 stage. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

 

Interim / Exit  Awards

The modular format of the Programme provides exit points in the form of Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) and Diploma (120 credits) organised in line with the national framework established by the QAA. You may exit the programme with these qualifications provided you have obtained the requisite number of credits as shown below.

 

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

2 x 30 credit modules

OR  1 x 60 credit module

Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

4 x 30 credit modules

OR 2 x 30 credit modules plus 1 x 60 credit module

 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

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Stage 1


Stage 1: 150 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credit optional module

Compulsory Modules

A - Students must take either EFPM308 Preparing for Educational Research and Dissertation OR EFPM331 Preparing for Education Inquiry Portfolio

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM914 Education Studies 30No
EFPM916 Thinking Skills and Creativity in the Internet Age 30No
EFPM294 Technology and Education Futures 30No
EFPM200 SoE Success for All 0No
EFPM308 Preparing for Educational Research and Dissertation [See note A above]60Yes
EFPM331 Preparing for Educational Inquiry Portfolio [See note A above]60Yes

Optional Modules

Choose 1 of the following

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM919 Critical Perspectives on Inclusive Education 30No
EFPM907 Creativity in Education: Valuing, Facilitating and Assessing It 30No
EFPM918 Reflecting on Educational Practices 30No
EFPM913 Debating the Big Questions in Education 30No
EFPM910 Education Policy 30No
EFPM375 Education for diversity 30No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate the ability to reflect on and critically evaluate claims that have been made about technology and creativity in education, and thinking skills;
2. Demonstrate the ability to examine and critically evaluate various accounts of the relationship between education, networked communication technologies and the wider social context
3. Demonstrate a systematic conceptual understanding of theories around technologies in education, creativity and thinking skills
4. Demonstrate the ability to relate this knowledge in a critical and self-aware way to the practice of teaching and learning

Whilst there may be some differences in terms of teaching and learning methods across modules, you can expect to engage with a range of learning activities.  For example, in addition to lectures, you will also take part in seminar sessions where you will get the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding even further by contributing to group discussions, taking part in debates, critically engaging with academic literature and research, (guided and independently) and encouraged to work independently and collaboratively with others.

As a Masters level student, you will be expected to prepare for seminars by completing set tasks and readings before the sessions; contribute to seminar tasks and discussions; and regularly meet set deadlines.

ILOs 1-4 will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching activities:

  • Formal lectures, seminars, and reflective discussions (face to face and online).
  • Independent reading and working on tasks and activities, both in class and online.
  • Supplementary one-to-one tutorial support:

from individual module tutors regarding your assignment tasks

Whilst there will be differences in types of assessment across the programme, the compulsory modules as listed above will provide students will opportunities to demonstrate ILOs 1-4. All modules will have both formative and summative assessments.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to undertake a variety of assignment types for example: essay; individual/group presentation; poster; vlog; portfolio; empirical study. The exact nature of the assignment will vary according to the module selected.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Demonstrate the ability to review and evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship relevant to the module content through close analysis of practice and theory;
6. Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues in relevant areas of the study and be able to discuss these in relation to personal beliefs and values;
7. Demonstrate the ability to critique theory, policy and research orally and in writing, drawing on relevant reading and research;
8. Demonstrate the ability to apply research-informed knowledge to evaluate ongoing school-based programmes

ILOs 5-8 will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching activities:

  • Formal lectures, seminars, and reflective discussions (face to face and online).
  • Independent reading and working on tasks and activities, both in class and online.
  • Supplementary one-to-one tutorial support from individual module tutors regarding your assignment tasks

Whilst there will be differences in types of assessment across the programme, the compulsory modules as listed above will provide students will opportunities to demonstrate ILOs 5-8. All modules will have both formative and summative assessments.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to undertake a variety of assignment types for example: essay; individual/group presentation; poster; vlog; portfolio; empirical study. The exact nature of the assignment will vary according to the module selected

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. demonstrate the ability to identify and critically discuss current issues in educational technology;
10. demonstrate the ability to construct organised, structured, critically reflective and analytic writing;
11. demonstrate the ability to manage time and engagement in the context of masters level study that has a high level of independent study;
12. demonstrate the ability to take the initiative in contributing collaboratively in interactive learning contexts; and
13. demonstrate communication skills both oral and written and in on-line contexts.

ILOs 9-13 will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching activities

  • Formal lectures, seminars, and reflective discussions (face to face and online).
  • Independent reading and working on tasks and activities, both in class and online.
  • Supplementary one-to-one tutorial support from individual module tutors regarding your assignment tasks

Whilst there will be differences in types of assessment across the programme, the compulsory modules as listed above will provide students will opportunities to demonstrate ILOs 9-13. All modules will have both formative and summative assessments.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to undertake a variety of assignment types for example: essay; individual/group presentation; poster; vlog; portfolio; empirical study. The exact nature of the assignment will vary according to the module selected.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring : It is University policy that all Faculties should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

 

As an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS),, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor at the commencement of your studies.   In normal circumstances, your Personal Tutor will remain your tutor throughout your study programme. Your Personal Tutor is normally available through scheduled office hours but should also see you as a matter of course three times a year. These meetings may typically commence soon after registration. These meetings will take place termly to discuss your progress.

 

You should feel that you are able to approach your personal tutor for advice, pastoral support or academic support in a wider sense.

 

Library, ELE and other resources provided to support this programme:

 

The Library offers you core services for learning and research.  Whilst the various locations house a large collection of materials and services, many of our resources are available online through the library website for you to use at home, work or wherever you are located for your study. Each discipline has a subject librarian on hand to help you to find resources and we also work with tutors to digitise reading lists for inclusion in the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). ELE is used throughout the University to make course materials available online. You will be able to access module information, presentations, handouts, reading materials as well as interacting with other students and your tutors. Many tutors use ELE to run assessments and set coursework assignments. In addition to the materials provided by your tutors, there are various other resources available on ELE to help you in your studies.

 

The University provides a range of IT services, including open and training clusters of PCs (available on a 24/7 basis). In the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences this includes a 24/7 suite in Amory and a second one in the St Luke’s Campus Library. These suites are accessible by swiping your university card.   The majority of the Faculty also has access to the university’s wireless network. Network access is available from the majority of rooms in University halls of residence through the ResNet system.

 

Helpdesks are maintained on all campuses but for students based on St Lukes campus, your main point for help will be Info St Lukes.

 

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision .