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|Application deadline:||15 August|
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|Start date:||October 2013|
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
The School of Education and the School of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin are offering a multidisciplinary course leading to a Master's degree in Technology and Learning (formerly IT in Education). The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two academic years and the timetable is designed to facilitate participation by practicing teachers and other professionals. It is structured as a taught component followed by a substantive research dissertation leading to the degree of Master in Science.
The course aims to meet the needs of 21st century learners in the context of the emerging Knowledge Society, by providing its students with the opportunity to participate in a research led Masters program exploring the integration of learning and technology.
The focus for the students is on technology mediated transformative learning experiences. The course addresses areas such as creativity, critical reflection, collaboration and meta-cognition through the active design, construction, use and evaluation of a range of learning technologies. Course learning activities and themes are research led and are closely aligned with the ongoing research activities of the Centre for Research in IT in Education.
This degree was launched in 1999 with the aim of producing a cohort of people who would be able to play a leadership role in the development and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in all aspects of learning. To date graduates have been equally divided between those working in the formal educational system, teachers or lecturers, and those involved in a variety of roles in the workplace ranging from instructional designers to training. A significant number of graduates have been involved in the general area of "special needs".
On the educational side, graduates of the course gain a deep understanding of the theories of learning that are relevant to the use of ICT and will have a realistic view of the real enhancements to learning that ICT can facilitate. On the technical side, graduates of the course gain a good knowledge of the principles of web design, multimedia authoring, digital video and computer operation. Although aspects of computer programming are by necessity touched upon it is not an aim of the degree to produce people who can program.
In the second year of the course students carry out a substantial piece of research which typically involves the design, implementation and evaluation of a learning experience in which ICT plays a key role.
Thus graduates of the programme are in a position to play a leadership role in the area of ICT In learning. They are technically proficient, appreciate the role of ICT in learning, are able to develop ICT based course material, or tools, and above all are capable of undertaking researching into the use of ICT at the "chalk face" and in the wider educational and learning communities.
This course is delivered on a part-time basis over two years. Lectures are held on campus on Friday afternoons (3-9pm) and Saturday mornings (9-1pm).
* Year one consists of 3 taught modules: Pedagogy & ICT, Technologies for Learning, Multimedia for Learning and at the end of year Capstone Project (Meta Assignment).
* The Research Dissertation is undertaken in year 2. A Research Methods module is also taken in year 2.
All assessment is via project work, which can be written or involve the development of some piece of Multi-media or other software based learning material. Group work is used in some cases and students present their work to their peers. Year 1 finishes off not with an exam but an end of year capstone project the specification for which is " Do something interested which shows you learned something ". The project mirrors that of a full research dissertation - although without the same depth. Most crucially all the project assignments are related to aspects of the end of year assignment.
Extensive use is made of technology in the delivering of the course ranging from the WebCT environment for communication and administration through to simulations and lego robotics. Lectures are not in hour long slots but rather a scheduled in longer slots which are where possible held in flat rooms with moveable furniture to facilitate a variety of approaches to teaching and learning.
Admission is normally restricted to graduates who have achieved an upper second class honours degree, or better, in their primary degree. However applicants will be considered from all degree holders who offer equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.
English language requirements:
* IELTS: Grade 6.5
* TOEFL: 88 iBT, 230-computer based, 570 paper based
* Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C
|CAE score:||80(Grade C)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||570|
|TOEFL computer-based test score:||230|
|TOEFL internet-based test score:||88|
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