Archive for July, 2012

Congratulations to our summer graduates!

July 23, 2012 1 comment
2012 summer graduations

L-r: Jenny Featherston, Rachel Scott, Stefania Spina Briffa, Hannah Crumbleholme.

Most MA: DTCE students graduate at Christmas, but every year there are a few who submit dissertations after Easter and then attend the summer ceremonies in July each year.

This year four MA: DTCE students, all of whom had studied on the course by distance learning, came to Manchester to graduate – for some it was their first visit to the city! Congratulations to Jenny Featherston and Hannah Crumbleholme (from the UK), Stefania Spina Briffa (from Malta) and Rachel Scott (from the UK but lives in the United Arab Emirates). Particularly to both Jenny and Stefania who not only managed to hold down a full-time job while studying but also to both have a baby during their time on the course!

Well done to them all!

MA: DTCE wins 2012 Blackboard Catalyst award

July 19, 2012 3 comments
Drew Whitworth, MA: DTCE Programme Director, receiving the award from Blackboard's President (Academic Platforms), Ray Henderson

Drew Whitworth, MA: DTCE Programme Director, receiving the award from Blackboard’s President (Academic Platforms), Ray Henderson

The MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education was this month awarded a prestigious international award for teaching, the Blackboard Catalyst award. These awards “honor those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences” (from the Blackboard Catalyst awards page).

The award was given under the ‘Communications Strategy’ category: “Award recipients will have demonstrated results that have driven student success through improved grades/ scores, increased attendance or retention, or stronger stakeholder engagement.” In the citation, the MA: DTCE was praised for “making efforts to bring distance learners fully into the learning community at Manchester”.

The award specifically recognises the work done in the two core, foundational course units of the MA, The Development of Educational Technology and Communication in Education, on which distance and on-campus learners work together on activities, directly communicating so they understand each others’ different learning environments, and then reflect on the experience.

The award was given at the 2012 Blackboard World conference in New Orleans on 12th July.

Educational Video Production Promo Video


The introduction to Educational Video Production (EDUC61632) is a semester 2 course which has both theoretical and practical elements. On this course students are required to create a short educational video on a subject of their own choosing and educational style. Camera and editing equipment are available from the School of Education but students are encouraged to use their own resource where possible. This is becoming a very popular course with student numbers almost trebling over the last three years.

Picture attached of the course members in 2012 after presenting their finished videos

Course members of 2012


(It’s the only course in the School with its own T-shirt – you can’t buy these, you earn them!)

iEVP is open to all MA DTCE registered PG students. Contact tutor Mike O’Donoghue for further information.

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