Digital Education

University College Cork

Digital Education

On this CPD Digital Education programme, you will be introduced to foundational theories and methodologies in Digital Education in tandem with the evidence and research base informing those approaches. You will have the opportunity to assess your existing skills and practice in light of national, international, and disciplinary frameworks. You can then build on these strengths to design (or redesign) learning activities, assessments, or feedback plans using digital education approaches. We facilitate learning and evaluation of a variety of digital education tools and approaches with a view to integrating them as appropriate to your own discipline and pedagogical approach.

Through practical workshops, reflections, discussions, and assessments, CPD participants will gain foundational knowledge in digital education as well as the confidence to respond to unexpected challenges. You will be able to reflect on the ways that digital education can support student learning and will be able to articulate your own approach to digital education and the rationale for its inclusion in your own teaching. The 10-credit Introduction to Digital Education module can be taken in Semester 1 or 2.

Our Digital Education CPD programme is delivered fully online through self-directed learning supported by pre-recorded lectures, readings, demonstrations, etc., live (online) workshops on four Thursday afternoons during the course, and weekly meetings of Peer Learning Groups.

The programme will run for 12 weeks with participants exploring key ideas and approaches in Digital Education such as learning design, engagement, collaboration, assessment and feedback, analytics, etc. broken up into four thematic sections: theoretical foundations, design, delivery, and evaluation.

Synchronous workshops at the end of each thematic section will offer participants an opportunity to make connections across topics and themes. These live sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons and are provisionally scheduled as follows:

CPD Digital Education Workshops 2023

Thursday 14 September: 3-4pm
Thursday 5 October: 3-4pm
Thursday 16 November: 3-4pm
Thursday 30 November: 3-4pm

Why Choose This Course
This 10-credit, Level 9 Certificate in CPD is designed for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of the theories and methodologies of Digital Education.

This part-time CPD Certificate will build on existing strengths to consider existing learning activities, assessments, or feedback plans using digital education approaches and will provide you with invaluable space to apply new ideas to your own professional practice.

Subjects taught

TL6200 Introduction to Digital Education (10 credits)

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

Primary Honours Degree (NFQ, Level 8). In exceptional circumstances and subject to review by the module team, candidates with an Ordinary Primary Degree (NFQ, Level 7) may also be considered subject to meeting the teaching requirements.

Professional Requirements

Minimum of one year of active teaching experience. This could include classroom teaching, tutorials, training, supervision, placement work, lab-based work, in the field, or in an online context.

Technical Requirements

You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
Some of UCC's services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies. However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for the submission of assessments.
You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software. All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/PowerPoint etc. once registered.

Application dates

CLOSING DATE 28 August 2023


1 semester part-time, online. Can be taken in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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