Alejandro Castillo Rozo, an MA DTCE Distance Learner graduate, shares his experience studying on the degree.
Alejandro is now living in Medellìn Colombia and is a social studies teacher in the Montessori School.
‘Aside from being a great learning experience on itself (admirable teachers, very well designed curricula, great classmates, etc), the MA-DTCE offered me the tools to completely redesign the way ITC usage was measured at my school, going from an empty software checklist to a more descriptive tool to assess how ICT’s are embedded on particular educational practices, without increasing the workload of the staff. Both school managers and teachers welcomed and applied this initiative.
Also, my dissertation on reading comprehension greatly enriched my understanding of reading processes on themselves and my pedagogical strategy toolbox to foster such processes. It also strengthened my knowledge of research methods in education which has allowed me to serve as an advisor of my school’s research program, while conducting better research myself. Overall, I feel really grateful toward the MADTCE and all of its teaching staff for opening new and amazing professional perspectives in my life! ‘
Another MA DTCE graduate, Abigail Truebig, was appointed as E-Learning Developer at Glasgow Clyde College.
“I started the MA DTCE as a part time on-campus student in 2013, and then switched to distance learning when I moved from Manchester to Glasgow for a new job in year two of the course. Throughout the two years, Drew (Whitworth) and his colleagues were knowledgeable and always approachable for guidance and for me to ensure I was on the right track. I can only highlight how crucial this is as a distance learner!
I had my first taste in eLearning in 2011 – 2012 as Podcasting Project Assistant at Staffordshire University, but I found it difficult to remain in this area without a postgraduate qualification when the contract ran out.
Out of everything I learned during my two years (including undertaking the course as an on campus, blended and distance learning student), and teaching myself to use technologies requested through employment adverts, I applied for and was appointed E-Learning Developer at Glasgow Clyde College in October 2015. I work with various learning technologies to produce and develop Further Education content, advise staff and external partners on student-centred teaching, innovative pedagogies, accessibility, and emergent technologies.”
Danilo Soares, an MA DTCE graduate, was appointed lecturer for the School of Communications and Marketing at Southampton Solent University.
“When I joined the MA:DTCE in 2014-2015 as a full-time student, after working for 5 years as a journalist in Brazil, I was unsure about the next steps in my career. I chose the course thinking that it would allow me to draw from my background in communication and also help me learn more about education and technology, two fields which had always interested me.
I had very high expectations for the course, and it did not disappoint. It was a fantastic experience. I particularly liked the balance between theory and practice: we were taught how to make videos, podcasts and create multimedia educational content, but also looked deeply into the pedagogical theories that explained and justified our practical decisions, and learned how to do our own research. During the course, I became more and more interested in education and ended up deciding to pursue an academic career.
In early January, I started working as a full-time lecturer for the School of Communications and Marketing at Southampton Solent University. One of the course units I am teaching this semester is Multiplatform Journalism, which allows me to bring together my newsroom experience and a lot of what I have learned during the course.
When I found myself standing in front of students for the first time, I found out that I had learned a lot about teaching in MA:DTCE – through the lectures and readings on pedagogy, and also by observing the great work done by teaching staff in the course. Changing careers is not easy, but I feel that the course helped me feel confident and prepared to take on this new role.”