Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (MEd TLET)
The Caribbean is experiencing an increase in interest and growth in the development and delivery of online and distance educational programmes at the tertiary level. This new programme from The UWI Open Campus aims to build capacity in the region and develop competencies to support this emerging field in education. The TLET programme is focused on the distinctiveness of the Caribbean region and is designed around needs particular to the region such as – human resource, geographical factors and technology dynamics.
The Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (MEd TLET) addresses specific knowledge and skills associated with three specialisations that develop expertise when utilising e-learning technologies when delivering courses in a spectrum of digital environments. The specialisations identified are: (1) teaching and learning (facilitation), (2) instructional technology support, and (3) curriculum quality support.
This degree offers both a practitioner track, which includes a required internship, and a research track which supports those students pursuing terminal degrees in an area of specialisation.
TLET is delivered fully online, integrating a substantive experiential online practice-based laboratory, which measures achievement of competency through practitioner-oriented activities. The practitioner focus of this programme ensures development of knowledge, skills and competency in one of the emerging career fields in the region.
The minimum period for completion of this programme is 28 months.
Who is this programme for?
The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (MEd TLET) is geared towards professionals working in educational institutions planning to offer or currently offering online or distance programmes who serve in roles such as facilitators, instructional technology or curriculum quality support.
If you have questions whether this programme might be for you, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org – a member of the TLET Programme Team in the Programme Delivery Department (PDD) will respond to your questions.
The MEd TLET is designed as a 42-credit programme comprised of the following courses:
- Six (6) 3-credit Core Courses (18 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (6 credits)
- The Changing Face of Education in the Caribbean
- Foundations of Learning Technologies
- Applications of Learning Theories in E-Learning Environments
- Learning, Competency and Assessment
- Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning
- Design, Development and Evaluation of Digital Instructional Materials
- Three (3) 3-credit Specialisation Courses (9 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (3 credits)
For students pursuing the practitioner track:
Teaching and Learning Specialisation:
- Reflective-Reflexive Practices in Technology-Enabled Environments
- Computer Mediated Communications
- Effective Teaching Practices in Online and Distance Delivery
Instructional Technology Specialisation:
- ICT Infrastructure Supporting E-Learning in the Caribbean
- Delivery Systems Supporting Online and Distance Learning Environments
- Systematic Instructional Design
- Universal Design for Learning
- Quality Assurance in Technology-Enabled Learning Environments
- Designing Curriculum for Digital Delivery
For those students opting for the research track, one specialization course and its laboratory is replaced by:
- Research Methods in Education Studies and its associated Practical Laboratory
- One (1) 6-credit Capstone course conducted over two semesters (6 credits)
For students pursuing the practitioner track:
- Capstone- ePortfolio and Competency Assessment/ Internship
For students pursuing the research track:
- Capstone- ePortfolio and Competency Assessment/ Research Paper
Programme completion in the minimum timeframe (28 months) is based on the prescribed course schedule of study for a cohort. Enrolment in this programme limits registration to no more than two courses and their associated practical laboratories in Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 credits each semester), and one course and its associated practical laboratory in the Summer session (4 credits).
All courses in this programme will use 100% continuous assessment. There will be no final examinations, however a comprehensive assessment of the ePortfolio produced in the Practical Laboratory courses is conducted to determine achievement of programmatic outcomes. Both formative assessments aimed at improving the learning process as it occurs, and summative assessments aimed at measuring mastery of learning objectives, will be employed within each course. Each course will integrate a co-requisite practical laboratory that requires demonstration of pedagogical and technical skills associated with the course topics.
When will the programme start?
An initial offering of this programme begins January 2019 (Semester 2) for Cohort 1 and runs for 28 months, ending in April 2021. The application period for this cohort will commence September 17, 2018 and will remain open until December 7, 2018. However, enrolment in this cohort will be limited in number, and acceptance will be based on space available. Therefore, early application is advised.
Thereafter, the programme will begin in Semester 1 of each academic year, starting in August 2019.
To qualify for this MEd programme, prospective participants must possess the following:
- An undergraduate degree (at least a Lower Second Class pass or its equivalent from an approved university) with the following discipline requirements:
- Teaching specialisation: any academic discipline is acceptable at the undergraduate degree level as this specialisation is meant to advance the skills of the adjunct professional wishing to teach in online or distance learning programmes
- Technology specialisation: an academic discipline related to technology
- Curriculum Quality specialisation: an academic discipline related to education or curriculum delivery
- One year work experience using online technologies in an educational setting; or two years’ experience as an online student
- Successful completion of the Open Campus TechQuest TQ1 (A Self-Assessment of technical knowledge and skills in six areas: Computer Terminology, Internet Skills, Online Communications, Microsoft Office Products, PDF, and Google Drive.)
As part of the application process, applicants must sign up for TechQuest TQ1 using the following link. Instructions on how to access and complete the assessment will be sent via email.
Holders of the PG Diploma TLET may be granted entry into the MEd TLET if they have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma. Holders of the Post-Graduate Diploma in TLET may apply for transition into the MEd programme per the Board for Graduate Studies and Research Regulations.
After candidates have accepted their offer, they will receive information via email from the Open Campus Registry - Recruitment, Admissions and Registration with directions on accessing the compulsory introductory course.
All admitted candidates must successfully complete a compulsory introductory course prior to registering in programme courses. This compulsory course, OOL6100 Graduate Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies, is a two-part course. Part 1 introduces students to a self-paced orientation and assessment of technology tools (TQ2) used in the delivery of the programme, and Part 2, a facilitated module covering the programme objectives and expectations of graduate learners that prepares them for the demands of this UWI graduate programme.
The self-paced portion of OOL6100 (Part 1) will be available from November 1 – December 15, 2018 with the facilitated portion (Part 2) conducted the week of December 10-15, 2018.
All accepted students are required to successfully complete OOL6100 by December 15, 2018 to receive approval to register for their Semester 2 courses.
For Cohort 1:
- Access to OOL6100 will commence November 1, 2018 or after acceptance of offer.
- On successfully passing OOL6100 students will receive approval to register for their semester 2 courses commencing January 2, 2019.
- Registration for Semester 2 courses – January 2 - 20, 2019
- Teaching starts January 20, 2019
Students should contact the TLET Programme Team in their Academic Department (PDD) with any questions they may have by emailing: email@example.com
Candidates who have completed a foundations certificate (FSOF or BFSOF) offered through The UWI Open Campus Programme Delivery Department and who have completed TechQuest 2 (TQ2) Evaluation may apply for exemption with credit for the course EDCE 6050 Foundations of Learning Technologies. The co-requisite laboratory EDCE6051 Laboratory: Foundations of Learning Technologies is not included in this exemption, as it is a critical part of the assessment of mastery integrated into this programme.
Online Academic Department: (PDD/APAD)
The Programme Delivery Department, Academic Programming and Delivery Division. Contact the Programme Delivery Department (PDD) for information on TLET at: firstname.lastname@example.org