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EDU8213 : The Future of Learning in the Digital Age

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr James Stanfield
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


Summary of module – main aims and purpose

In this module, students are invited to challenge traditional approaches to teaching and learning and explore the theoretical and contemporary debates and practices surrounding the growth of the Internet and the increasing use of artificial intelligence and digital tools and applications. This module employs Futures Thinking, a multi-disciplinary approach for informed reflection, to deepen our understanding of the major forces that are now driving change in education systems, schools and communities.

The broad aims of this module therefore are to:
• Identify the dynamics and interactions that are now creating the future of learning;
• Critically review recent developments in digital technology and assess their impact on learning and the wider society;
• Stimulate strategic dialogue, foster intellectual curiosity and widen our understanding of the possible.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Blogging, Privacy & Reflective Thinking
• Theories of Learning
• 21st Century Skills, Attitudes and Mindsets
• Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning
• Virtual Reality and Augmented Learning
• Machine Learning and Human Intelligence
• The Dark Side of the Web
• Digital Literacy and the Digital Citizen
• SDG No.4 & the Principles for Digital Development
• Understanding the Value of Human Presence in the Classroom

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion170:0070:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials114:0044:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity146:0046:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Over the 11 weeks of this course, a variety of methods will be used to help illuminate the possibilities, outline policy choices, and assess the alternatives. Lecture materials will be posted online which need to be consumed prior to each workshop – a flipped approach is therefore being adopted. Students will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, opinions and reflections both in class and online via their own personal blog. Personal blogs are also used by the lecturer throughout the module to provide students with feedback about the quality of their work and how it can be improved.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolios are collections of students' work over time. They often document a student's best work and may include other types of information, such as the student's self-assessment of the work, and the peers’, and/or teachers’ review. As an assessment tool the portfolio is sensitive to progress over time, and allows students the freedom to demonstrate individually, or culturally biased experiences and knowledge – which will be relevant on this module. Critically the portfolio will offer an effective way to bring assessment into harmony with this modules instructional goals.

Reading Lists