Augmented and virtual reality guest on the MA: DTCE

November 10, 2014 Leave a comment
MA: DTCE student, Ioannis, explores the Mubil 'virtual laboratory' with the Oculus kit

Ioannis explores the Mubil ‘virtual laboratory’ with the Oculus kit

The MA: DTCE had a visit this week from guest lecturer Alexandra Angelataki, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Aleka’s Mubil project has used augmented and virtual reality techniques to provide access to rare manuscripts and create vritual spaces based on the text and pictures inside the books, to turn them into interactive learning resources.

Pictured is 2014-15 MA: DTCE student Ioannis using the Oculus virtual reality glasses to enter the online ‘laboratory’ based on the historical Chemistry textbook created by Lonicer, circa 1569. The technology has also been used to animate a travel guide to 17th-century Pisa, Italy.

Aleka also presented her work in the ‘Digilab‘, part of University of Manchester’s award-winning Learning Commons development.

MA: DTCE 2014-15 intake

The 2014-15 intake for the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education is now closed.

I am pleased to say that despite a challenging recruitment environment in lots of ways, we have sustained our numbers, with 16 new on-campus students and 16 new distance learners. With the returning part-time students, the overall numbers of students on the course remain at about 60. Welcome — or welcome back — to you all!

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Study on the MA: DTCE from September 2014

DTCE distance learning graduates

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

We are still recruiting students for the September 2014 intake on Manchester’s award-winning MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education.

You can study the course on-campus in Manchester (full time for one year, part-time over two years), or as a distance learning student (part-time for two or three years). The course covers many aspects of how digital technologies — computers, mobile devices, digital TV and broadcasting, and many more — affect the ways we learn and think, whether in schools, universities, workplaces or the home.

Our graduates go on to secure work as learning technologists, or with educational content developers; achieve enhanced status in their current jobs; or move on to further study. The degree has received international recognition from Blackboard for the quality of its work, particularly with distance learning students, and how we bring them into the Manchester community.

Read more about the course on this site — or have a look at the University page for the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education.

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yqRmogPQVc  ;

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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 Marilena_aspioti@yahoo.co.uk

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