The M.Sc. in Technology and Learning was jointly initiated, designed and developed by the Schools of Education and Computer Science & Statistics. The course addresses areas such as creativity, critical reflection, collaboration and meta-cognition through the active design, construction, use and evaluation of a range of learning technologies. Course learning activities and themes are research led and are closely aligned with the on-going research activities of the Centre for Research in IT in Education (https://www.scss.tcd.ie/disciplines/information_systems/crite/crite_web/).
The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two years. It is composed of taught modules and a research project in year one, and the completion of a research methods module and a substantial research dissertation in year two. The research project in year one and the research dissertation in year two, normally involve the design, implementation, and evaluation of an advanced technology enhanced teaching and learning experience with end users.
The course aims to meet the needs of 21st century learners, teachers, instructors and researchers in the context of the Knowledge Society, by providing its students with the opportunity to participate in a research led Masters programme exploring the integration of technology and learning. The focus for the students is on technology mediated transformative learning experiences.
On the educational side, graduates of the course gain understanding of the theories of learning that are relevant to the use of technology and will have a realistic view of the enhancements to teaching and learning that technology can facilitate. On the technical side, graduates of the course gain a good knowledge of the principles and practice of E-learning amongst other. Although aspects of computer programming are touched upon, it is not an aim of the degree to produce people who can program.
The primary goal of the M.Sc. programme is to equip graduate students with an integrated set of skills that will allow them to develop their professional careers in the area of technology enhanced learning. The programme not only presents the state of the art in the design, implementation and evaluation of technology mediated transformative teaching and learning experiences but, it also prepares students to embrace future developments in the field.
The focus of the programme is on skills that are not normally imparted to students during their undergraduate years and that will develop graduates' capacity as leaders in the field.