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Study on the MA: DTCE from September 2014

DTCE distance learning graduates
Left-to-right: Breege Loftus, Lee Webster and Mike Toyn, who all graduated as distance learning students

We are still recruiting students for the September 2014 intake on Manchester’s award-winning MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education.

You can study the course on-campus in Manchester (full time for one year, part-time over two years), or as a distance learning student (part-time for two or three years). The course covers many aspects of how digital technologies — computers, mobile devices, digital TV and broadcasting, and many more — affect the ways we learn and think, whether in schools, universities, workplaces or the home.

Our graduates go on to secure work as learning technologists, or with educational content developers; achieve enhanced status in their current jobs; or move on to further study. The degree has received international recognition from Blackboard for the quality of its work, particularly with distance learning students, and how we bring them into the Manchester community.

Read more about the course on this site — or have a look at the University page for the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education.


MA: DTCE lecturer wins ‘Most Innovative’ award from students

Drew Whitworth

MA: DTCE lecturer and Programme Director, Drew Whitworth, has won an award from the University of Manchester Students’ Union, as the ‘Most Innovative’ lecturer in the university: see http://manchesterstudentsunion.com/unionawards.

The award follows last year’s Blackboard Catalyst award for ‘Communications Strategies’ — with the course being the only one in Europe to win such an award. Both awards show that the MA: DTCE team as a whole is committed to cutting-edge teaching on educational technologies. We are still taking applications for the 2013-14 academic year, and hope that you will be able to join us in Manchester and be part of this exciting and innovative programme!


MA: DTCE wins 2012 Blackboard Catalyst award

Drew Whitworth, MA: DTCE Programme Director, receiving the award from Blackboard's President (Academic Platforms), Ray Henderson
Drew Whitworth, MA: DTCE Programme Director, receiving the award from Blackboard’s President (Academic Platforms), Ray Henderson

The MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education was this month awarded a prestigious international award for teaching, the Blackboard Catalyst award. These awards “honor those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences” (from the Blackboard Catalyst awards page).

The award was given under the ‘Communications Strategy’ category: “Award recipients will have demonstrated results that have driven student success through improved grades/ scores, increased attendance or retention, or stronger stakeholder engagement.” In the citation, the MA: DTCE was praised for “making efforts to bring distance learners fully into the learning community at Manchester”.

The award specifically recognises the work done in the two core, foundational course units of the MA, The Development of Educational Technology and Communication in Education, on which distance and on-campus learners work together on activities, directly communicating so they understand each others’ different learning environments, and then reflect on the experience.

The award was given at the 2012 Blackboard World conference in New Orleans on 12th July.


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