The MSc in Education and Training Management (eLearning) has been designed to meet the needs of participants from the widely varying fields of Education (primary, post-primary, further, higher and adult education), Industry, Health, Community, Creative Arts, NGOs, Governmental Departments and State Agencies.
Over the course of the programme you will:
Explore the effective use of collaborative tools and digital technologies for learning.
Creatively use multimedia authoring tools and methods for creating learning content and online learning courses to enhance workplace practice.
Reflect on your professional practice and be aware of the values that shape your practice.
Engage in action research which involves investigating your own practice or a situation with the intent to bring about a change or improvement.
Examine philosophies of education, theories of learning, developments in neuroscience, and culture and organisations
The course is offered through a blended approach whereby participants benefit from synchronous web conferencing and face-to-face settings. A defining aspect of the programme is learning together as participants are encouraged to collaboratively reflect on and share their learning through a range of activities and social networking.
The Masters in Education and Training Management (e-Learning) programme is a two-year part-time programme. The start date for the programme is late September. The Graduate Diploma element of the programme consists of 6 modules and runs over 3 semesters. The programme takes place on scheduled Wednesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm (webinar) and on scheduled weekends (face-to-face).
The dissertation element of the MSc. programme is a piece of independent research. The dissertation is researched and written in the second year of the programme (January - end of June). Within the e-Learning programme there are two options that satisfy the dissertation requirement. Students can carry out applied research which consists of a written piece of 15,000-20,000 words or a creative piece, which consists of the creation of an educational video or online training/educational resources that supports and enhances learning, and a written component.
Through the course of the programme participants examine philosophies of education, theories of learning, developments in neuroscience, and culture and organisations. They gain skills and knowledge in the effective design and use of collaboration learning technologies, authoring tools and videography. In addition, they are encouraged to creatively design and integrate technology to enhance their workplace practice.
The lecturers and guest speakers bring a diverse range of expertise to the programme. These contributions allow for a variety of perspectives and new approaches to learning and e-Learning. Programme participants come from a range of backgrounds and so contribute to a breadth of experience and a dynamic learning environment.
Participants are invited to participate in European and international e-Learning research activities organised by the International Centre for Innovation and Workplace Learning at DCU. This provides opportunities for course participants to gain international experience and develop their e-Learning skillset.
Why Do This Programme?
The programme is designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to make effective and informed decisions about how to design, use and evaluate e-Learning to meet your organisations educational and training requirements.
Past graduates have highlighted the following benefits after completing the programme:
Career development i.e. promotions or opening up of new career opportunities
Application of multimedia and advanced digital skills
Specialist knowledge: theories of learning, philosophy, implications of brain research to learning, instructional design, change management, reflective practice and computational thinking
Personal development i.e. increased confidence and sense of well-being