Archive for February, 2017

MA DTCE student has article published in the TES

February 23, 2017 1 comment


Eleanor Kirby, our own MA DTCE 2016-17 student has published an article titled ‘Got a mini Donald Trump in your class? Here’s what to do’ in the Times Educational Supplement.

Congratulations Eleanor on your published article and thank you for sharing your story.

‘It was a big step at the age of 36 to resign a teaching job which I loved and spend most of my savings on the DTCE Masters course – but I’m so glad I did!

My reason for doing this course was to help enhance learning in developing countries. After working with the Institute of Physics in Rwanda, I was keen to develop a Massive Open Online Course(MOOC) which was accessible and free for everyone.

The DTCE course has opened my eyes to new ways of learning in communites which can build on my ideas. I have really embraced lots of extra courses and activities at the University of Manchester.

The optional modules have given me the opportunity to study Educational Leadership, Intercultural Exchange, and Gender and Development. There is also support in the library or research and writing assignments which has come in useful!

I have even found confidence and even time to wrtie an article for the Times Educational Supplement (TES) .

Looking forward to the future, I hope that some of the skills I have learned this year will enable me to find a fulfilling career using technology in education.’

Eleanor Kirby

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MA DTCE graduate, Alejandro Castillo, shares his story

February 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Alejandro Castillo Rozo, an MA DTCE Distance Learner graduate , shares his experience studying on the degree.
Alejandro is now living in Medellìn Colombia and is a social studies teacher in the Montessori School.

‘Aside from being a great learning experience on itself (admirable teachers, very well designed curricula, great classmates, etc), the MA-DTCE offered me the tools to completely redesign the way ITC usage was measured at my school, going from an empty software checklist to a more descriptive tool to assess how ICT’s are embedded on particular educational practices, without increasing the workload of the staff. Both school managers and teachers welcomed and applied this initiative.

Also, my dissertation on reading comprehension greatly enriched my understanding of reading processes on themselves and my pedagogical strategy toolbox to foster such processes. It also strengthened my knowledge of research methods in education which has allowed me to serve as an advisor of my school’s research program, while conducting better research myself. Overall, I feel really grateful toward the MADTCE and all of its teaching staff for opening new and amazing professional perspectives in my life! ‘

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Teaching and technology: case studies from India by Dr Gary Motteram

February 7, 2017 Leave a comment

The latest British Council book, edited by Dr Gary Motteram from the University of Manchester, UK,  Teaching and technology: case studies from India  is jointly published by British Council India and Central Square Foundation.
A collection of case studies which illustrates teachers and organisations using technology in innovative ways in schools and classrooms across India.

The 22 case studies show a wide range of hardware and software being used to improve learning for students and for teachers’ professional development.

By highlighting this good practice, we aim to inspire future action by others to experiment with these innovations in similar contexts.

The book is available at the following link

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Bestselling Book by MA DTCE Graduate

February 6, 2017 Leave a comment


Our graduate, Abdul Al Lily (, has published a book that has gone straight to number one on Amazon best-seller lists.

It is entitled The Bro Code of Saudi Culture: 714 Rules on how the Human Body should Act Inside Arabia.

It has been talked about in different languages and by magazines and newspapers (e.g. Huffington Post) and recommended by known figures, e.g. Dr. James M. Dorsey and Prof. Madawi Al-Rasheed who tweeted about the book: ‘hilarious book with truths’.

It is the first to talk about Saudi culture in a purely descriptive (and thus non-judgemental and unbiased) manner. It is the first to be written by a Saudi who was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, who is still based in this country, who is a former formally-recognised imam and who comes from a working-class family—yet has travelled the world, is married to a non-Muslim European, studied in Oxford, published with the largest international academic publishers and hence has the ability to communicate with foreign and Western mentalities.

It is the first to be written in plain language even though it is informed by research. It is the first to present Saudi values and norms in the form of a bullet-pointed list.

It is available in English and Spanish so far, as hard and soft copies, on Amazon.

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