Digital technologies are transforming how we live and work, and effective and appropriate use of technologies by learning professionals is central to developing learners’ digital capabilities – the knowledge, skills and dispositions required to thrive in a digital society. This blended learning course is designed to meet the professional development needs of learning professionals working in further education and training settings or similar in the area of technology-enhanced learning.
This course aims to enhance the learning professional’s capability to make considered and effective use of digital technologies and resources in teaching, learning and assessment.
Its objectives are to provide practitioners with:
Over the course of this programme you will:
A central feature of the programme is the blended learning environment, which combines face-to-face workshops that take place at the NCI campus or a regional centre, with live online lectures that you can participate in from your workplace, and directed activities that you complete at your own pace. A major focus of activities is on learning collaboratively with fellow practitioners from across the sector, and on integrating new knowledge and skills within your professional practice.
The programme is highly practical and will guide you through a model of practitioner inquiry to complete three projects in which you systematically explore the effective use of digital technologies and develop strategies to enhance your practice. Through these projects, you will develop a deeper understanding of the context for technology-enhanced learning, develop the knowledge and skills to integrate a range of technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment practice, and critically engage with theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the development of digital practice. Assessment is based on these practical, work-based projects.
You will develop insight into the processes and strategies that support the development of a comprehensive and consistent approach to using digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment, and confidence in your ability to creatively expand your repertoire of digital practices.
Members of the Learning and Teaching Team at National College of Ireland discuss the course in this video:
The Certificate in Technology Enhanced Learning is ideally suited to learning professionals whom already have some experience of using digital technologies to enhance learning and wish to deepen and extend the range of their digital practices.
The programme comprises three consecutive modules:
All modules count towards the final award classification.
The Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Learning is awarded by QQI at level 7 (30 ECTS) on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Students who successfully complete this course may progress to the Bachelor of Arts in Adult and Workforce Education.
Candidates will be learning professionals working in a further education and training setting or similar. Candidates will typically have a Certificate (major award) at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (or equivalent) in any discipline.
The College operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements will be considered based on relevant work and other experience.
Participants should have the ability to use ICT independently to find information, create and manage files, and communicate with others. For online sessions, participants will require administrator access to a personal computing device such as a laptop or desktop computer running Windows or MacOS (tablets are not appropriate) with a reliable Internet connection of >1mbps, web browser software (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome), Flash Player, a headset with built-in microphone, and a webcam.
The programme will run on Thursdays. The face to face workshops will take place from 10am-5pm and virtual classes from 4-6pm.
Attendance at NCI for a one-day, face-to-face workshop at the start and end of each module (six days total).
Participation in four, two-hour virtual (online) classroom sessions from your home/workplace on alternate weeks during each module (12 sessions in total).
Between these sessions, there will be directed activities that you complete independently.
Module 1: Digital Capabilities and the Learner Experience
Module 2: Technologies in Teaching and Learning
Module 3: Technologies in Assessment, Feedback and Learning Support
* Directed Activities - During weeks labelled 'Directed Activities' you will be assigned resources and activities to work through at your own pace over the course of the week.
* Virtual Classroom Session - During weeks labelled 'Virtual Classroom Session' you will participate online in a two-hour tutorial with an NCI lecturer from home or your workplace. This is a live session and you will be able to ask questions and interact with the lecturer and other participants in real-time.
This course runs over 1 year.
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.