MSc Modules

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Core Modules

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  • Professional Development [15 ECTS]
    Tutors: Dr Jen Harvey, Dr Claire McAvinia
    Assessment via assigned independent work and a professional interview 
    This Professional Development module aims to allow the participant to examine, analyse and capture their journey as professionals in developing their skills and knowledge of their discipline in practice as well as their developments as third level lecturers or eLearning practitioners. This is a new, stimulating and refreshing way to undertake a module as it makes best use of just-in-time independent learning involving reflection on professional development to date triggered by the use of key texts/resources (some pre-assigned, some self-selected). Assessment is then by means of a one hour structured interview. Importantly for the professionals of today, it recognises the prior experiences and learning of suitable applicants as entry to the programme.
  • Learning Theories [5 ECTS]
    Tutors: Dr Jen Harvey, Dr Claire McAvinia
    Assessment via an applied paper or multimedia blog
    Would you like to know more about applying key learning theories to your instructional practices? Are you keen to explore how you can be more effective in your work if you teach/deliver instruction in ways that are compatible with the natural processes of learning? Would you like to organize your teaching/delivery environment to provide students and users with active, hands-on learning and authentic tasks and audiences? If so, this is the module for you! It will explore learning theories in higher education and those applicable to eLearning industry (the pedagogy of eLearning), to assure the quality of learning in a local and global context. By applying understanding of relevant learning theory which is most compelling for your target audience, you will get the best opportunity to critically discuss and evaluate these theories in the light of your own professional practice. Ultimately, this module is all about sharing ideas and practical examples on learning practices to help you as an instructor make sense of what is going on in your classrooms/training environments, and provide lenses for understanding learners’ growth, development, stumbling blocks, and successes. A grounding in relevant learning theories will be used to create the foundations for the remainder of the MSc Applied eLearning and participants will be expected to embed their understanding in their own authentic, professional practice. Read more: CPD Learning Theories Info Sheet
    Participant comments on 2014-15 Learning Theories module
    Examples of participant activity on the module
  • Instructional Design and eAuthoring [10 ECTS]
    Tutors: Mr Damian Gordon, Dr Pauline Rooney
    Assessment via small-scale collaborative project, annotated bibliography & meta reflection
    Participants will design and develop useful and interactive eLearning resources or activities underpinned by pedagogical best practice. Working in small groups allows the exploration of relevant topics to practice, and a range of previous small-scale projects from this module can be viewed here
  • Educational Research Design [10 ECTS]
    Tutors: Dr Claire McAvinia, tbc
    Assessment via a research proposal with a formatively-assessed presentation
    This module will advance participants’ understanding of the philosophical bases of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and promote an understanding of how research contributes to knowledge.  It will equip participants to design a feasible applied eLearning project of their choice through the writing of a substantive research proposal, which will be reviewed by a panel of skilled tutors.  Within this module, Digital Literacy will be emphasized to enable the participant to acquire the necessary skills to prepare them, not only for performing efficiently in their working environment, but for their own lifelong learning. 
  • Applied eLearning Project Module [30 ECTS]
    Module Co-ordinator: Dr Claire McAvinia
    Assessment via an applied practice-based eLearning project and a journal paper
    In the second stage of the MSc in Applied eLearning, the participants are required to undertake a major Applied eLearning project which involves a sustained piece of independent research focusing on their practice and understanding of their circumstances and professional context. It contributes to their final degree award, and is the culmination of the Master’s Programme. The module consists of the development and evaluation of an eLearning resource/artefact that should aim to contribute to future research direction for eLearning in relation to the needs of the participant’s practice, whether that be in a higher education or industry/training sector; it ultimately demands a thorough grounding in the pedagogical theory and practice of eLearning implementation. The work produced at this final stage will exemplify the personal and professional understandings of excellence in each participant’s eLearning practice. Read about previous graduates’ applied project experience
    The applied nature of the programme is crucial to its success; the combination of practical skills and theoretical critical insight that participants need to become confident within this fast-moving and richly diverse field is prevalent in all modules. The Applied eLearning project in the second year of the programme combines the participants’’ knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of eLearning, gained in modules taken in Year 1, and gives them the opportunity to develop and research their own ideas and interests and leave the institution with a showpiece of work for potential employers. Evidence for this is provided with a link to the variety of projects that participants have developed for their professional practice.
  • ePortfolio [15 ECTS]
    Tutors: Dr Claire McAvinia
    Formative assessment includes an ePortfolio Awards Event
    Central to the assessment strategy for the programme is the compilation of a dynamic and exciting ePortfolio by each participant. The ePortfolio is a collection of evidence of consistent work throughout the various modules on the two years of programme, and demonstrating each participant’s unique learning journey. Its development will be continuously formatively assessed by tutors. The development of the ePortfolio will help participants consolidate much of what they have learned, as well as create one cohesive package that demonstrates the skills and knowledge that they bring back to their professional practice and working context. Examples of previous ePortfolio work can be viewed here

Elective Modules

(Modules offered are varied each year)

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  • Creativity and Critical Thinking [5 ECTS]
    Tutors: Dr Jen Harvey
    Assessment via a collaborative infographic and reflective blog
    This module aims to enable participants to develop an analytical appreciation of the concepts and practical strategies and techniques essential to creative and critical thinking, problem resolution and idea generation which can then be implemented into teaching and learning strategies in their own practice. Participants will be introduced to the theory underpinning creativity and critical thinking, the characteristics of creative and critical thinkers, practical examples of creativity and critical thinking in the disciplines, a variety of creative strategies and tools including brainstorming & lateral thinking, and a variety of critical thinking strategies and tools  including socratic questioning, critical thinking skills, and open-ended problem solving. Collaborative group-based Infographics are an exciting and relevant output on this module. Read more: CPD Creativity & Critical Thinking Info Sheet
  • Supporting Virtual Communities [5 ECTS]
    Tutors: Dr Roisin Donnelly
    Assessment via a collaborative design wiki-based activity and a multimedia reflection
    This module is delivered entirely online for the 4 week duration. If you are moving towards some form of online teaching in the future and would like to experience for yourself what it is like, without having to jump in at the deep end, then this is the module for you! For even the most experienced classroom teacher, delivering instruction online requires a thoughtful transition to the new environment. This module will explore the development and maintenance of a virtual community of learning and provide practitioners with the knowledge, competencies, experience and confidence to perform the complex role of an eTutor in an online setting. It will explore how best to prepare to teach online, how to build a learning community among your students & how best to support and communicate with them, how to identify a successful online learner, how to maintain a realistic workload – all using exciting and innovative tools & media. Read more: CPD Supporting Virtual Communities Info Sheet
    A Participant from 2015 shares her experience: Thank you for the online experience on SVC; I really enjoyed the module and will recommend it warmly. I found that the professional input as lecturers/moderators was extremely beneficial to me, and I learned a great deal from them and will try to follow their steps in my professional life!
  • Strategic, Project and Change Management of eLearning [5 ECTS]
    Tutor: Dr Jen Harvey
    Assessment via a mind map
    This module provides an opportunity to examine the way eLearning can be organised, managed and embedded within different organisational contexts in order to support institutional outcomes. Concept maps are used as a relevant strategy for assessment in this module – View an example here
  • Trends in eLearning [5 ECTS]
    Tutor: Dr Pauline Rooney
    Assessment via a presentation and a small-scale artefact
    This module aims to provide an awareness of emerging trends in pedagogically-driven technologies and practical guidance on how to evaluate and implement these technologies in teaching and learning and professional eLearning practice. Listen/View to an example of participant work on this module
  • Assessment and Feedback [5 ECTS]
    Tutor: Dr Jen Harvey

    Assessment via a critical incident reflection, interview-based case study & module redesign
    Do you feel that your current assessment methods are being challenged by increased numbers or diversity of student skills within your classes?  Would you like to make research informed changes to the way you assess and provide feedback to your students? Processes around assessment are a key task of lecturers. Assessment determines what, when and how students spend their study time with feedback being demonstrated as having a major impact upon the resultant quality of their learning.  This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore the nature of assessment and feedback within an HE context.  Drawing upon relevant theory and shared knowledge, participants will develop skills to be able to reflect upon their current assessment and feedback practice and to undertake a module assessment redesign. Read more: CPD Assessment & Feedback Info Sheet
  • Academic Writing and Publishing [10 ECTS]
    Tutors: Dr Kevin O’Rourke, Dr Claire McAvinia
    Assessment via a journal paper and a conference-focused presentationThis module is underpinned by the development over time of an LTTC Curriculum Model that has been informed by research and practice in supporting academic staff in their own academic writing and publishing pursuits!

    There is increasing pressure on academics and professionals to undertake research and to publish and both higher education and applied eLearning industry practice, as both offer rich and interesting fields for investigation.  In this module there will be an opportunity to consider how our teaching, our learning/eLearning, professional practice and our students’ learning can become the focus of some form of sustained inquiry. Participants will learn how to successfully present and disseminate their work and will hone their written and oral communications skills through extensive research writing practice and presentation. Support will be given on the design and writing of a research paper in a selected area of participant’s practice for inclusion in a target peer reviewed journal of their choice. Participants also will be afforded the opportunity to publish in the Journal of Irish Academic Practice (IJAP), and to present their research at the annual Graduate Student Conference – see below for further details on both. Overall, the module provides everything you need to write consistently and productively: structure, guidance, accountability, coaching feedback, interactivity with peers, and more! Read more: CPD Academic Writing & Publishing Info Sheet

Irish Journal of Academic Practice


Annual Graduate Conference

Graduate Student Conference


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