Wider themes in digital education

Course Details

Course code: EDUA11335

Course leader: Dr Peter Evans


The field of digital education is a volatile one, subject to rapid emergence of new and contested theoretical perspectives, and fast moving changes in technologies and practices that are often not informed by critical and academic understanding. This course provides a flexible ‘building block’ structure supporting you to undertake small-scale learning activities taking account of this volatility in the theory and practice of digital education. 

This portfolio of self-selected learning activities will run for the duration of your programme of studies, and will include learning activities initiated and led by academic staff as well as those developed and led by students. In this way the course enables you to engage more fully with a wider range of practices, activities and communities, providing opportunities to gain academic credit through your own practice and scholarship.

Please note: This course is not currently open for enrollments, but we currently have plans to offer it again in 2021.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. select and apply relevant conceptual and practical knowledge in developing effective digital learning experiences
  2. demonstrate critical analysis and reflection on concepts and practices within the domain of digital education
  3. apply existing knowledge in new and innovative ways, or generate new knowledge or meaning in digital education


The course is structured around a number of activities in each academic year, determined and selected by the student. Each of these activities is designed to approximate 5 credits or multipliers of 5 credits, building to a total of 20 credits. 

Each learning activity will be structured differently according to the nature of the activity and the learning outcomes you wish to achieve. For each activity you will need to provide a specification of the activities to be undertaken, how these will contribute to the achievement of the course learning outcomes, and a proposal for how you will show that they have been achieved.


Before beginning a learning activity, you will write a proposal detailing how you intend to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes identified. The detailed learning proposal will be approved by the relevant academic team member before you start the learning activity. 

You will be required to demonstrate that you have achieved all the specified course learning outcomes for the course. 

At the summative assessment stage, you will write a statement providing a self-assessment of your learning from the course, with reference to the course learning outcomes. This self-assessment will inform the formal assessment and grading to be conducted by a relevant member of the academic team. Both your self-assessment and the tutor assessment will use a common course assessment rubric. 

Teaching Methods

In each learning activity, you will be supported by an appropriate tutor from the programme team who will provide guidance and feedback on your progress. However, this is a student-led course and the participating students will be expected to be largely autonomous in their learning activities.


Readings will be identified by students themselves, in consultation with academic staff.


This course will be open to students on who have completed the Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (IDEL) course and at least one other course. This is to ensure that you have a firm grounding in the content and approaches of the programme as a whole.

As with all courses, you will be required to have regular access to a computer with a good broadband connection, and will be responsible for providing your own computing equipment and consumables.