MA: DTCE course unit given ‘Honorable Mention’ in international contest

Working groups in the DET course
Working groups in the DET course, each of which contains both online and on-campus students

The MA: DTCE core course unit,The Development of Educational Technology (DET), has received ‘Honorable Mention’ in the Blackboard Catalyst awards, under the category, ‘Communication Strategies’. This is an international contest and course tutor, Dr Drew Whitworth, will be travelling to New Orleans in July 2012 to receive the award at the annual BbWorld conference.

The award was given for the course unit’s innovative approach to bringing together online and on-campus students in the same ‘working groups’ (tutorial groups) – an unusual arrangement, as online and on-campus students are normally taught separately. The judges also commended the unit for its commitment to having students reflect on the nature of the learning environment, including having on-campus students take at least one class in a fully online environment and then write about the experience afterwards.

The MA: DTCE team is very happy to receive this award and we believe it is a recognition of the quality and creativity of the course. All students take DET in their first semester of study, thus it is the first unit taken by distance learning students, and is expressly set up to help these students become accustomed to the reflective and engaging methods used on the degree as a whole. We look forward to posting updates from the trip to New Orleans in July!

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