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Study on the MA: DTCE from September 2017

We are currently welcoming applications for the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in the 2017-18 academic year.

You can study on this award-winning programme either in Manchester (full-time or part time) or as a distance learning student .

To apply visit

Ideally, all applications should be received by the end of August, and if you want to study in Manchester and need a visa to enter the UK you should apply immediately.
The course has the overall aim of using digital technologies, the broadcast media, and/or interpersonal, group or organisational communications techniques to enhance practice, research and the professional and academic development of educators in technology- and information-rich environments.

In any given year the MA: DTCE attracts a very wide range of students, whether on campus or online.

The course is suitable for:
• educators and/or educational managers using, or desiring to use, digital technologies and communication in any aspect of their teaching;
• computing specialists (programmers, designers and other practitioners) with an interest in becoming involved with the development of educational materials or software;
• ex-teachers who are returning to the profession and who wish to update their skills, knowledge and understanding of digital technologies and communication in education;
• Anyone else with an interest in  digital technologies and digital communication in educational settings.

Graduates from the MA: DTCE currently occupy a variety of roles in academic institutions and schools all over the world.

These include:
* teachers whose work on the MA has given them enhanced status, including the role of ICT co-ordinator or equivalent;
* learning technologists in academic institutions (DTCE graduates currently fulfill this role at a variety of universities worldwide including the Universities of Manchester, Dundee and Bahrain)
* designers of educational software applications.
As the MA: DTCE is a research-based course it also serves as an ideal preparation for doctoral-level (PhD) study in the field of educational technology. Graduates from the programme are currently studying for PhDs in Manchester and other universities including Oxford and Lancaster.

Teaching starts on Monday 18th September 2017.
Read more about the course on this site — or have a look at the University page for the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education.
The course team look forward to working with you and hope that your time at the University will be both profitable and enjoyable.

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‘Careers Event’ for MA: DTCE students (Recording)

On May 4th 2017, we organised a special ‘Careers Event’ for MA: DTCE students.
Our Distance learners had an opportunity to join the on campus students, through Adobe Connect for a ‘live’ session.


We had invited two former alumni to come and speak: Annalisa Manca who since graduation has been working as an educational technologist at the University of Dundee and has recently begun PhD studies in Belfast, and Michael Masterman who is e-learning manager at Medicine at Manchester.
Ian Hutt, the university’s Head of Distance Learning Operations, came along and gave the employers’ perspective on what they are looking for in graduates like these — and finally Andrew Welsh of Instinct, a recruitment agency specialising in the digital education sector talked about what kinds of jobs are out there and what help his company can give to you now and after graduation.

You can view the ‘Careers Event‘ through the following recording

Throughout the recording, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to our speakers, touch upon the following:

– What makes a good learning technologist?
– Are there demands for specialist skills?
– Work based examples and experiences
– What challenges have you faced in your work?
– How clients work? Approaching a recruitment company?in house vs outsourcing?    corporate clients vs HE
– STAR technique (Situation/ Task / Activity / Technique)
– Advice on creating your PLE ( Personal Learning Environment) through social media
– Social Media Examples and Useful Websites
– Digital Profiles
– Do we work at a distance?
– Student profiles and examples

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Academic English: achieve your potential. An online course developed by Steve Roberts, MA DTCE graduate

April 10, 2017 Leave a comment


Our MA DTCE graduate, Steve Roberts has developed a 15hr online course: Academic English: achieve your potential.



It’s particularly useful for remedial work, autonomous learning and possibly ‘flipping the classroom’.

The 15hr online course is aimed at learners about to enter university (under- or post-grad) explores the core skills required for each stage of the writing process, including developing a research question, reading efficiently, planning effectively, writing cohesively, referencing correctly and editing effectively. We look specifically at writing a research paper (such as an end-of-term essay). The skills you learn through this process will be incredibly useful later on in a dissertation or thesis.

There are 15 content modules. Each module covers a component of the writing process and includes the following elements:
Key points on the topic
A short video lecture discussing the topic in more dept
An interactive quiz to reinforce important concepts
A task to complete in a personalised portfolio
A set of thought-provoking questions to reflect on

The course is based on a face-to-face course Steve taught for Open Society Foundations to scholarship awardees from about 20 different countries. Common issues throughout the writing process for L1 and L2/3/etc. speakers are dealt with so they can hit higher education running.

You can access the course at:

If any of our students would like to try a few free sample modules, see this URL:

You can also check out the course’s home page for a short promo video, more about the curriculum and platform.
Steve Roberts

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Augmented reality workshop for teachers on March 20th

March 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Matthew Ramirez  and Suhad Aljundi  from Jisc will be visiting the University of Manchester on March 20th to talk through their experience in a European Project which aims at using  Augmented Reality in Science education.

In a form of a workshop, there will be a demoing of the tools that teachers and students can use to create an Augmented Reality applications for teaching.

A draft of the agenda for the day is going toleeds-college-of-music-ar be:

-An Introduction about Augmented Reality in Education.
-Background about the AR-Sci Erasmus+ funded project for science education.
-The framework of using AR and integrating it into the curriculum.

-Demoing the AR tool (features and functionalities) (how-to-do-an-AR-app).
-Hands-on and questions/discussion.

The workshop will take place on  Monday 20th March  in the Samuel Alexander A113 building from 2pm till 4pm. Catering will be offered at 1.30pm. Those who are interested, please confirm your attendance by emailing Andy Howes at

Teachers/trainees are asked to bring with them their mobile phones and their ipads and are asked to download  the Blippar application before the session just to make demoing the content much easier.

The links to download the app:


Trainees wouldn’t necessarily need a laptop unless you are interested to get your hands-on while we are demoing the tool.
If you are interested to do so, you’d need to create an education account with Blippar which is free before the session too.

The workshop will be held by Suhad Aljundi, Future technologies developer and an MA DTCE Graduate and Matthew Ramirez,Futures senior innovation developer.

The workshop is open to MA DTCE students and teacher/ trainees from across the UoM.

Information on Jisc’s project is available at Bringing educational resources to life by surrounding original materials with digital, online content  and you may like to read about Mathew and Suhad.

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Field trip to the National Football Museum

For the purposes of the 70140 Educational Technology and Communication module, taught by Dr Drew Whitworth, the MA DTCE on campus students undertook a field trip to a museum in the beginning of March.


The museum served as an educational environment that students ‘deconstructed’ using the principles that they have been exposed to so far on the course on materials production and museum education.

Distance learners were simultaneously asked to design their own field trip.

Further information on the unit is available at

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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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