Archive for June, 2013

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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