E-learning Design & Development

E-learning as a field of study, as an approach to teaching and learning and as an industry has evolved considerably over the last decade and a half. Governments and policy makers have made e-learning a central imperative of their political educational rhetoric and provide substantial funding initiatives to support its development and mainstreaming. Related policies and requirements with regard to lifelong learning, the knowledge-based economy, work-based learning and globalisation combine with the benefits of e-learning as a delivery and support tool to make e-learning one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the worldwide education and training and digital media industries.

Programme Aim and Orientation:
In the above context the programme seeks to produce developers of cutting edge, educationally effective e-learning solutions. Our graduates, subsequently, will go on to work as designers and developers either directly as part of the burgeoning e-learning sector or in support of in-house e-learning and learning technology departments which are becoming mainstream in a number of other areas and industries.

The programme is a Master of Arts and, as such, reflects a special orientation towards, variously, creativity, culture and design, rather than technology per se.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Direct entrants to this 60 credit award would typically require a Level 8 qualification in fields such as multimedia, digital media, media applications or a relevant area of design. Applicants without such qualifications will also be considered if they can show an equivalent level of learning gained through practice or any other means (see CIT's policy for Recognition of Prior Learning www.cit.ie/rpl). All other applicants are invited to undertake a new 30 credit online Certificate in Media Design and Development (CR_HDMTE_8) which runs from September to December.

In all cases final admission to the course will be on the basis of interview.

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same e-learning tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. All registered students are also, uniquely, given access to a virtualised desktop which provides all their multimedia software and remote storage requirements for the duration of the course. This means the programme may appeal to those who, for whatever reasons, cannot commit to attending regular face-to-face lectures and labs or who otherwise appreciate the flexibility and convenience of studying online.

Semester 1
E-Learning Instructional Design
Education Research & Proposal (10 ECTS)
New Media Workplace
Narrative & Games for Learning
E-Learning Authoring

Semester 2
E-learning Thesis (20 ECTS)
E-learning Project (10 ECTS)


M.A.: 60 ECTS


Online. 1 Year (2 Semesters, January to September).


EU & Non EU Applicants €5,250

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