Course Overview

Develop the skills to succeed in education today.

Digital technologies have fundamentally changed how we learn. The web is no longer simply an information resource, but also a space for interaction, scholarship and creativity.

In this world where knowledge is widely distributed, accessibility is determined by and dependent on the strength of an individual’s learning network. This course will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in education, in this networked age. You’ll explore our digital differences and how to address them and examine ways to grow and manage your own personal learning network.

  • How we learn in the network age (learning theory)
  • Understanding digital inequalities and digital citizenship in an educational context
  • What your Personal Learning Network (PLN) looks like and how you use it
  • Growing your network – making new connections and assessing reliability
  • Contributing to your network – managing your online identity (single vs multiple); creating and sharing
  • Putting your network to work – searching; sending/requesting/posting; collaborating

This course will be useful to anyone in Higher Education, or who is planning to be. It will also be of value to HE educators wishing to close the gap between the traditional instructional style of university teaching and the more interactive means of communication available today.

What software or tools do you need?

You do not need any special software, although the when you map your own learning network it may be better to do so on a device with a large screen (e.g. not a smartphone).

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Explain what it means to learn in the network age (where, when, how and with/from whom we learn as networked individuals in a network society)
  • Reflect on the impact on education of digital inequalities such as access, openness, ownership and inclusion
  • Explore digital tools for finding, using and storing information; communicating and collaborating; and creating, presenting and sharing ideas

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