Annual MA: DTCE day out in Hebden Bridge, 26/5/14

On Monday 26th May the MA: DTCE students had their annual day out in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire (home of Drew, the Programme Director). The sun shone most of the time and a good time was had by all!

There is still plenty of time to get in an application, and possibly join us next year. The course is available for study on campus, or as a distance learning student. Visit the University web site for details on how to apply..

Photographing the anthill

Sam photographs the anthills in the woods of Hardcastle Crags

Crossing the stepping stones

Crossing the stepping stones

In the woods

In the woods

In Hebden Bridge

Back in Hebden Bridge (Drew on the left)

Producing Video for Teaching and Learning

November 26, 2013 2 comments

Introduction to Educational Video Production (EDUC61632) commences in semester 2 in a slightly modified form than previous years with greater focus and connection to the main themes of the DTCE programme.

Practical production experience is still a substantial element of the content. This year also sees a reduction in coursework components from three elements to two.iEVP requires participants to meet the many challenges involved in producing their own educational video, a new and very rewarding experience for most.

The main themMike's book on producing video for teaching and learninges of the course have now been produced into a book which guides the reader through the various stages of production and provides insight into the production process and learning objective achievement using the video medium.

Successful participants are rewarded with a production crew polo shirt .

The next running of Introduction to Educational Video Production (iEVP) begins on 30 January 2014 and is open to distance and on-campus students across the DTCE, TESOL and other programmes.

The book ‘Producing video for teaching and learning’ by Mike O’Donoghue, published by Routledge, is available online and from Blackwells book store on campus.

A video teaser for the course can be seen below or alternatively at  ;

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MA: DTCE bigger than ever…

September 19, 2013 4 comments

Unfortunately applications are now closed for the 2013-14 academic year, as teaching begins next week (Monday 23rd September).

Welcome fair marquee

We welcomed new students to the University of Manchester campus this week

However, it is good news to report that with approximately 60 students this year, the MA: DTCE is as large as it ever has been since launching in 2007. We have students of around 19 different nationalities and our distance learners are based all around the world from Colombia through Greece and Kazakhstan to Vietnam and Japan. Not to mention many UK-based students who also study at a distance to fit in with busy work schedules and family lives.

So even if you couldn’t study with us this year we hope that you’ll consider applying for study in 2014-15….

And to those of you who have registered…. Welcome! Remember – teaching starts on Monday :-)

Online Registration Open

If you hold an unconditional offer from us for the 2013-14 academic year you can use the University’s online registration system from 1st September 2013. We advise that you register as soon as possible, because it can be a complex process and we want to make sure you have it completed before the start of teaching. You should also use the online applications system to confirm your attendance on the MA: DTCE.

Note that if you hold a conditional offer you need to meet these conditions before you can register. Please let us know if you have problems meeting these conditions (e.g. English language requirement, references).

You will find the DTCE_programme_handbook_13-14 useful with information on module selection, timetable info, study workload, important contacts, etc.

Remember that inductions and welcome events for on-campus students take place during the third week of September, the week before teaching starts. Online students also have an induction that they need to arrange with Marilena Aspioti (the distance student support officer) – further information will follow closer to the time.

If you are a distance student, Marilena is the first point of call throughout the year for all queries. She will help arrange social sessions, manage the social networking and other web sites, mail out feedback, and so on. Marilena can be contacted on

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Applications still welcome for 2013-14 academic year

Graduation day on the MA: DTCE Mora-Rodrigues

Graduation day on the MA: DTCE

We are still welcoming applications for the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in the 2013-14 academic year, including those for our new TESOL pathway (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). You can study on this award-winning programme either in Manchester (full-time one year, part-time usually two years) or as a distance learning student (usually three years part-time). Combinations of these two are possible in special circumstances.

To apply. visit Ideally, all applications should be received by the end of August, and if you want to study in Manchester and need a visa to enter the UK you should apply immediately. Teaching starts on Monday 23rd September 2013.

The MA: DTCE is a Masters’ programme which examines the impact of ICT, mobile communications, video, satellite broadcasting and other media on education, whether formal in schools or universities, in the workplace, or informal learning in everyday life. In 2012 the programme was awarded an international Blackboard Catalyst award for its quality in distance learning and also an award from Manchester University Students’ Union for innovation.

New book chapter by MA: DTCE graduate

DTCE distance learning graduates

Left-to-right: Breege Loftus, Lee Webster and Mike Toyn, who all graduated as distance learning students

Mike Toyn (on the right of this picture), who graduated from the MA: DTCE as a distance learning student in 2012, is the author of a chapter in a new book, Thinking Through New Literacies for Primary and Early Years (Sage, 2013). Mike is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. His chapter on information literacy was informed by his work on the Media and Information Literacy course unit, and as his dissertation project for the MA: DTCE he worked on the ‘Prezicasts‘ used on that course. Well done to Mike on his achievements during and after his time as a student on the degree!

New publications

Gary Motteram, Senior Lecturer and Course director of the MA in Educational Technology and TESOL at the University of Manchester announced his new publication in language teaching and educational technology.

Innovations in Learning Technologies for English Language Teaching

Edited by Gary Motteram

This publication offers a different approach to the uses of learning technologies in the language classroom. As a regular classroom teacher you will be able to find lesson ideas to adapt to your own contexts; as a teacher trainer, there is a useful overview of the current state of the art in each of the contexts and a range of practical examples.

Innovations in Learning Technologies for English Language Teaching starts by considering the following contexts of language learning: primary, secondary and adult learners, then different specialist areas: Business English, English for Specific Purposes and English for Academic Purposes, and finally the assessment of language using technology. Each chapter embeds a number of real-life case studies into a framework of research. The chapters show some of the development of the field, and a wide range of technologies is covered.

This is available as a downloadable pdf, or can be bought, if you’d like a hard copy. If you are not familiar with this series, then there is a growing stable of these publications from the British Council.

The Innovations in Learning Technologies for ELT  pdf is on the British Council website here:


It is noteworthy to mention that several of the chapters have either been written by current and former MA students, or Manchester colleagues.

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