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Unit information: TEL in Education (212) in 2015/16

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Unit name TEL in Education (212)
Unit code MEEDM0018
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Jane Williams
Open unit status Not open

Normally P/G Certificate in Teaching & Learning for Health Professionals



School/department Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Technology is ubiquitous and is increasingly used in educational settings and by learners to further their own, personalised learning. This unit will help participants to evaluate a variety of tools, approaches and methods with a view to enhancing their teaching/ learning. It will introduce some key concepts in TEL, taking a critical approach to the research in the context of educational theory and evidence based teaching. It will also look at pragmatic issues and will require participants to implement TEL tool(s) or strategies within their own teaching/learning.

The unit will appeal to those who already use TEL but also to anyone keen to embrace new developments to support their teaching and also their own learning. It will not include training in the use of TEL tools.

Aims This module aims to introduce learners to key concepts and practices relating to using technology to enhance teaching/learning within the health professions. It also aims to equip them to use technology enhanced learning in their own learning and teaching.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the module and associated study, learners will have:

  • Explored the ways in which different TEL tools and practices can be used to support learning

and they will be able to:

  1. Take a critical approach to using TEL in their own teaching and learning
  2. Integrate and evaluate the use of technology within their own practice as teachers/ learners

Teaching details

Blended learning, including use of electronic tools and face to face study days. Study days will be based on best practice interactive teaching/ learning and may include:

  • Group work
  • Discussion
  • Presentations
  • Evaluation of case studies
  • Peer feedback

TEL tools will also be used in pre-study day work and/or in between study days

Assessment Details

Written summative assignment of 3,000 words or equivalent in other media.

Reading and References

1. Selwyn, Neil (2011): Education and Technology: Key Issues and Debates. London, Continuum

2. Beetham, Helen & Sharpe, Rhona (eds) (2013, 2nd edn) Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: Designing for 21st Century Learning. Abingdon & NY, Routledge

3. Laurillard, Diana (2002 2nd edn) Rethinking University Teaching: A Conversational Framework for the Effective Use of Learning Technologies. Abingdon & NY, Routledge Falmer