MSc Learning Innovation

MSc in Learning Innovation #mscli

MSc Learning Innovation

Regular readers will know I’ve been writing about what I think it is to be a Learning Technologist in a series of posts I’ve been calling ‘What is a Learning Technologist?’. Welcome to part 10 in that series.

Part of my journey is the continuing exploration of the technology and of the role itself, and how it is received and perceived by people I come into contact with (academic, administrative, etc.). I made it clear in 2011, once I completed my PG Cert course, that I wanted to take my learning and teaching more seriously and gain a qualification that would reflect my abilities.

I have considered several Masters level courses since then but have finally settled on the MSc in Learning Innovation from the Institute of Learning Innovation here, at the University of Leicester.

Why this course and not one of the other very good ones available? I won’t ignore the fact that, as I work at the University, I will get subsidised financial help, which will greatly help, but the course has a lot to offer me and the direction I want to take:

  • Comprehensive view of new technologies in supporting different types of learning.
  • Foundations and key concepts from established eLearning research, of which the team at the Institute are well known for.
  • Current and up to date exemplars of technology used to support pedagogical approach to learning.
  • Development and critical understanding of the concept and potential of technological application in teaching and learning.

No doubt you will read more about this two year distance learning course, scheduled to start in October 2013. It’d be good to do the course with some friends so, if you’re interested, come and join me and let’s form some study-buddy support sessions!

Further details: MSc Learning Innovation – http://go.le.ac.uk/mscli

While I have high expectations of the course I am slightly worried about the time I’ll need to find (from somewhere: evenings, weekends, sleep, etc.) and that, being so open and public about it, there will be an expectation from you, my network. I will continue to investigate the role, and how I see it evolving through both my work and studies. Please please please keep talking to me about what you do and how you do it – all these tweets, comments, DMs, emails, updates, and blog posts I read help me understand the role, my part in it, and how a Learning Technologist is to work in the (changing) environment of higher education.

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  • ed

    Hi David,
    Congratulations on pursuing the MSc! It’s a happy coincidence to find that you graduated from Bournemouth, as did I though I was on the Media Practice route. I’m also starting an MSc related to online learning this fall, with Edinburgh (the edcmooc was what mainly convinced me).

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on how school starts and I wish I had your discipline and momentum to blog regularly.

    All the best,

    • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/ David Hopkins

      Well done!

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  • http://uk.linkedin.com/in/suebeckingham Sue Beckingham

    Having just successfully completed the Sheffield Hallam MSc Technology Enhanced Learning Innovation and Change diploma stage (now trying to focus in on dissertation) I can 100% recommend these types of courses! Not only through what you learn within the course but the knowledge you develop as a peer group. We have embraced the technology to communicate outside of the formal taught element of the online course. Building your own community is key! It becomes your trusted network.

    • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/ David Hopkins

      The module guides do show a careful and varied intended use of technology, I just ope I can keep up. I’ve been carefully building up my network, as you know, for several years now that I hope I can learn from it even more than I have already, and be in a position to give something back.

      All the best, David

      PS. Good luck with your dissertation!

  • http://uk.linkedin.com/in/suebeckingham Sue Beckingham

    Also think there is potential for students on related courses at different universities to collaborate and share ideas!

    • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/ David Hopkins

      Hi Sue, I totally agree and can only hope there is a good mix of students with which to work with and learn from.

      David

      • http://uk.linkedin.com/in/suebeckingham Sue Beckingham

        Do let me know if you and your peers would like to debate and share as a wider peer network. Potential for G+ community.

        • http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/ David Hopkins

          Will do.