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EDU1008 : Adventures in Digital Learning

  • 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


This module will explore the use of digital tools in learning and enable students to develop their study skills. The module will aim to:

• enable students to use a variety of digital tools to enhance their study skills;
• encourage students to consider the future potential of digital tools to change the way in which we learn;
• critically review the contemporary debates and practices surrounding the growth of digital learning and its impact on wider society.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Introduction to the module and reflective blogging.
• Historical perspectives on digital learning.
• What is your Personal Learning Network?
• Using digital tools to develop your study skills (I).
• What is digitally literacy?
• Using digital tools to develop your study skills (II).
• Playing games to learn.
• Using digital tools to develop your study skills (III).
• Exploring the potential of virtual reality in education.
• The changing role of the teacher in the digital age.
• Student agency and the growth of independent learning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials114:0044:00Combination short recordings of lecture material, quizzes, text, links to material on Canvas each wk
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Intro online ReCAP/video (15-30mins) Activity: familiarise yourself with module handbook (30mins)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0022:00Reflective blogging (100%). Updating and improving each reflective blog.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00There will be a two hour workshop (PIP) each week.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity114:0044:00Reflective blogging from week 2-11 addressing a big question related to the lecture materials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:002 x 1-hour Live chat on Zoom. Main queries, anonymously summarised on a module discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study164:0064:00Other independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Online lecture materials will be combined with Present in Person workshops. The module will therefore adopt a flipped approach with the lecture materials being consumed before each workshop. Students will also 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
Reflective log1M100Reflective blogs - A selection of blogs are submitted with a total word count of 4000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reflective blogs – Reflective blogs are written from the students own perspective and students will have the opportunity to describe and reflect on their own experiences of digital learning, linking these experiences to the relevant literature. This linking of personal experiences with the relevant literature helps to create a link between their studies and the real world.

Reading Lists