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Developing Critical Practice in Education (10 Weeks)

This foundation module will equip you with a thorough understanding of the skills required to complete a masters-level degree with Roehampton. It will help you develop the analytical skills required to think, write and debate at graduate level. You’ll start to critically examine your own values, dispositions and skills, and consider your effectiveness as a leader and agent of change. You’ll also learn how we support you within the online learning environment.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Critically self-assess and apply knowledge, skills and characteristics of professional practitioners
  • Critically self-assess and apply knowledge, skills and characteristics of successful online learners
  • Synthesise and apply skills associated with academic integrity
  • Synthesise and apply current research related to development and learning theory
  • Critically analyse the relationship of culture, bias and stereotyping to fostering development and learning
  • Critically reflect on professional practice, values, beliefs and assumptions

Exploring Principles, Perspectives and Practices of Technology in Learning Design (10 Weeks)

Throughout module two, you’ll explore the foundations of instructional design and technology, evaluate current research, and investigate the strengths and limitations of integrating technology into diverse learning environments. You’ll explore personal learning networks and professional associations in educational technology and assess the quality and value of academic and professional resources. You’ll also complete a critical analysis of a practitioner research study in the field.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Examine the theoretical foundations, definitions and current practice of instructional technology
  • Synthesise various traditional and current definitions of instructional technology
  • Assess the quality and value of academic and professional resources for practitioner research
  • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of integrating instructional technologies in diverse learning environments
  • Identify and propose research questions for practitioner research studies
  • Identify and critique instructional technology professional associations and recommend organisations applicable to their own professional setting
  • Recognise and critique the literature, research questions and research strategies of a practitioner research study

Enhancing Learning Design (10 Weeks)

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the principles of instructional design and explore the elements of the design process, from analysis through evaluation, as well as alternative learning designs. You’ll gain an understanding of instructional design models and apply them to education or training environments, with an emphasis on the online context. You’ll also develop an online instructional module for an authentic learner audience.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Assess the value of different instructional design models for diverse learning environments
  • Examine and critique instructional technologies, applications and strategies for various delivery methods
  • Conduct a comprehensive learner and contextual analysis
  • Design instructional goals, objectives and tasks for an online instructional module
  • Develop engaging instructional materials, learning activities and assessments for an online instructional module
  • Evaluate learner assessment and evaluation data and propose recommendations for improving the learning experience
  • Evaluate practitioner research articles and professional resources, and conduct a thematic literature review

Planning Change in Learning Design (10 Weeks)

Exploring the roles of the instructional technology manager with a focus on information, resource, project and change management, in this module you’ll investigate an opportunity for intervention in an education or training setting, apply a change-management model and develop a comprehensive proposal for a technological solution. You’ll also identify and evaluate practitioner research studies on instructional technology topics and participate in an online learning community.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the practices of leadership and management in different aspects of instructional technology
  • Identify an opportunity for an intervention in an education or training setting, such as addressing a performance gap
  • Propose intervention strategies using a change-management model
  • Construct a rationale and justification for employing intervention strategies
  • Evaluate research articles related to instructional technology leadership, measurement and evaluation, project management, change management and technological innovations
  • Synthesise research and create a concept map of instructional technology concepts

Leading and Enhancing Learning (10 Weeks)

This module seeks to equip you with the characteristics, management styles and strategies that can be implemented to help lead positive social change in those you teach. During this module, strong emphasis is placed on the process of academic research in order to help prepare you for your Professional Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse issues and problems in relation to opportunities and challenges for positive social change
  • Assess skills and characteristics of effective advocates for positive social change in early childhood and/or education settings
  • Synthesise knowledge, research and professional experiences to create essential components of effective advocacy action plans
  • Analyse and reflect on skills, knowledge and characteristics of professional practitioners
  • Examine and reflect on time management, professional goals, philosophies of development and learning, and ability to promote positive social change

Research Methods and Today’s Education Professional (10 Weeks)

The first of two modules devoted to helping you prepare for your Professional Project, this module will introduce you to various cultural and ethical considerations for a masters-level research project with a UK university. Through online classroom discussions and assessment tasks, you’ll identify a practice-based problem that will go on to form the foundations of your Professional Project Proposal and Professional Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between varying ethical considerations related to practitioner research based on culture regulation and institution, and British Educational Research Association (BERA 2011) guidelines for ethical research
  • Evaluate and develop critiques of research methods and techniques and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research methods and tools for educational and/or early childhood studies
  • Communicate complex information to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Professional Project Proposal (10 Weeks)

Building on the previous module, here you will apply the analytical and conceptual thinking skills honed during your studies to develop a practitioner-based research proposal. You’ll receive advice on creating a rationale, a well-measured research question, and how to conduct credible data collection. You’ll also learn how to present and defend your proposal as a prerequisite to entering your final Professional Project (module eight).

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the way that established methods of research are used to create and interpret knowledge in your area of professional practice
  • Evaluate and choose appropriate methods and tools applicable to your own research and with respect to ethical guidelines
  • Apply an understanding of the rationale for writing research proposals
  • Communicate the rationale and importance of the proposed research

Professional Project (26 Weeks)

Your Professional Project is your opportunity to carry out a research-based investigation into a practice-based problem. Underpinned by the principle of researching with others, you will collect data, analyse results and present your findings in a 10,000- to 12,000-word report.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Apply a systematic understanding and awareness of current problems and new insights related to professional practice
  • Apply a comprehensive understanding of methods and tools applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship
  • Demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of knowledge
  • Evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the area of professional practice
  • Examine research methods and, where appropriate, propose research-based improvements to professional practice
  • Communicate the conclusions of your practitioner research

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your Professional Project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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