The 2015-16 academic year has got under way and it is a pleasure to report that we have nearly 50 new starters this year (around 30 on campus, the rest distance learners); the biggest ever intake on the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education.
Including our returning distance learners and those finishing off dissertations, this means we now have 85 students in total; easily our largest ever cohort and quite a growth since we launched the MA: DTCE in 2007 with around 25 students. Clearly there is still a lot of interest, not just in educational technology per se but the MA: DTCE’s distinctive mix of this subject matter with studies of how communication and formal and informal learning processes throughout society are affected by things like the news media, social media and political change.
We still attract teachers as students, whether they be working in early years education, primary or secondary schools, or at colleges and universities. But our cohort now also includes several journalists, musicians, web site developers, corporate training specialists…. In short anyone with an interest in learning, technology and communication.
Unfortunately, enrollment for 2015-16 is now closed; but it is not too early to apply for the following year. Either way, we wish all our students well!
It was a pleasure earlier this week to be able to take a group of MA: DTCE students out to Jamie’s Italian in Manchester city centre for our 2015 end of year dinner. The restaurant is built in an old bank building and we were seated in the old basement vault, surrounded by thousands of safety-deposit boxes, as you can see in these photographs. A surreal but enjoyable experience — and good food too! The meal was attended not just by on-campus students, but also some distance learners (as we have many learners who live locally but nevertheless choose to study on the MA: DTCE online, as that mode fits in best with their busy work and family lives).
If you’re interested in joining us for the next academic year, 2015-16, there is still plenty of time to make an application — we do not close the list until mid-September. However, if you want to study on campus and need a visa to enter the UK then don’t leave things much longer as the paperwork can take several weeks. We offer the course for study both on-campus and by distance learning, so there is plenty of flexibility. Email the Programme Director, Drew Whitworth (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details…
It is always nice to hear about MA: DTCE graduates who are doing well, and have used their learning to secure for themselves interesting and creative jobs in the educational technology industry. We recently heard that Suhad Aljundi, originally from Syria, who graduated from the MA: DTCE in 2014, is now working with JISC, the UK’s national provider of digital solutions to higher education and research, on augmented reality and online resources development.
Last week (15th January 2015) the MA: DTCE was discussed as one case study in a webinar on “New Assessment Strategies” organised by the EU-funded Media & Learning group. Programme Director, Andrew Whitworth, discussed the underlying ethos and diverse nature of the MA and its student body, and explored the use of podcasts and multimedia in responding to these challenges through the medium of the course assessments.
You can view the recording of the session through following this link.
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.
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!
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.