With a few dozen of you still making up your minds about options for next semester, I’d like to put in a good word for my course E-learning, Politics and Society. We’ve run this four times now (in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010), and it’s always been a source of great discussion about some of the big themes affecting e-learning: the history and economics of it, issues of access, identity and citizenship, the “hacker ethic”, open source and open access, copyright, and government attempts to regulate the net. We have a prominent sub-theme about north-south digital divides which has led to some great insights.
Over the years I’ve noticed that quite a few students who’ve done EPS have gone on to do a dissertation related to its themes, which suggests that you should find plenty to think about there. Two of our IDEL tutors, Phil and Christine, took the course as well when they were studying with us. I’ll be revising the content, as I do every year, to take account of developments since it was last delivered and to include some good new topics for discussion. EPS thrives on having a committed and active group discussion across the semester, so I really hope you can be part of it.
Digital Futures for Learning is great because it addresses the cutting edge of developments in technology, and how these might impact on learning and education. Interested in “How Augmented Reality will change the way we live“? Want to learn more about trends in “making” technology, education and society? Fascinated by how MOOCs are taking off right now and wondering what it all means? Come and explore these and other topics, which build to a whole block of events introducing the very latest ideas around these themes, developed by course participants (that’s you!).
Some course feedback from last time indicates some of the ways you might benefit from Digital Futures:
- “If anyone is considering e-learning as a career, it should be compulsory. The peer interactivity was hugely beneficial”
- “The student role was thoroughly, and pleasurably, displaced.”
- “Very challenging, but very engaging too.”
- “As time goes on, I “get” DFL more now – frustrating because the course is finished but encouraging that I’m making sense of what you opened my eyes to!”
- “I really enjoyed the course and have since run 4 different sessions including [my event topic], and have another one booked so it’s impacting on work too.”
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for one of these courses today! http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/on-line_campus/e-learning/form/