Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM294: Technology and Education Futures

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The precise structure of the module varies year by year, but in general, we will focus on some of the key concepts of digital education, such as computer-supported collaborative learning, communities of inquiry, affordance theory, augmented reality and blended learning. We will engage with these ideas through engagement with a range of digital tools appropriate for the module.

In our sessions, we will reflect on some of the core issues around the role of technology in education, such as the promise of openness versus the threat of surveillance, the role of trust in a networked age, the loss of literature versus new digital literacies and creativity and education futures. There will be further opportunity to discuss experiences and ideas with fellow students through digital media.

We will aim to incorporate practical experiences into the module, either through workshops or virtual activities. These may include work with educational games, AR technology and other interactive technology, in order to further enhance your understanding of the links between digital technology, practice and pedagogy.

Throughout the module, you will participate in online activities, and online materials and digital tools will be made available for all students. You will be required to develop a digital portfolio, which will enable you to present your developing ideas to peers and to critically reflect on the module content and your own professional practice and the wider literature.

Contributions to online discussions and a reflection on your own learning will also form part of the work that will be assessed. There will be a variety of activities throughout the module, in which you will be asked to reflect, discuss and debate with other students.

This module is organised for both full and part-time students and the modes of delivery might differ for each of these groups.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities30The teaching sessions will take on a variety of forms, including 30 hours of face to face and/or online seminars (1-3 hours) and online sessions via a range of collaboration tools (e.g. ELE)
Guided Independent Study120Engagement with specific online materials, videos, preparations for academic tutorials, preparing for seminar activities, responding to seminar, online activities and collaborative group tasks
Guided Independent Study100Preparation for assignments
Guided Independent Study50Set readings

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).