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 programme 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.
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.
Over the course of this programme you will:
Members of the Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning 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 major award programmes at level 7 or 8 subject to appropriate RPEL and admissions processes.
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. Applicants under 21 will be assessed based on Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
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.
NCI is prepared to adhere to Government directives for course delivery in September 2021. Investments have been made in technology for online learning, as well as campus enhancements if face-to-face classes are permissible.
If remote learning remains a feature of the course timetable, 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 online workshops will take place from 10am-5pm and virtual classes from 4-6pm.
Participation in four, two-hour virtual (online) classroom sessions from your home/workplace on alternate weeks during each module is also required.
Between these sessions, there will be directed activities that you complete independently.
Module 1: Digital Capabilities and the Learner Experience (January 2021 Group)
Module 2: Technologies in Teaching and Learning (January 2021 Group)
Module 3: Technologies in Assessment, Feedback and Learning Support (January 2021 Group)
* 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.
Please note that assessments can be scheduled during the morning, afternoon or evening Monday to Saturday.
This course runs over 1 year.
(Fees revised annually)
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.