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mtl100 - Principles, Theory, and Practice of Technology Enhanced Learning (Complete module description)
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Module label Principles, Theory, and Practice of Technology Enhanced Learning
Modulkürzel mtl100
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
180 hours (self-study: approx. 80 hours; learning activities: approx. 80 hours; participation: approx. 20 hours)
Institute directory Department of Educational Sciences
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
Zuständige Personen
Prinsloo, Paul (Module responsibility)
Blaschke, Lisa Marie (Module responsibility)
Bainbridge, Susan (Module responsibility)
Olcott, Donald (Module responsibility)
This course is required as the first course of the MTEL program.
Skills to be acquired in this module
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify the unique characteristics of distance education and TEL.
  2. Describe the major influences in the evolution of distance education -- social, economic, cultural and political -- from its early beginnings to current IT-based practices.
  3. Identify the key authors and theorists in distance education and TEL and analyse their contributions to the field; including applications and adoption within the student’s educational context.
  4. Describe how distance education methodologies have changed over time, in particular how the roles of teacher and learner have evolved concurrently with new innovations.
  5. Describe various types of distance education institutions and the relevance of a systems approach to teaching and learning.
  6. Analyse the impact of technological changes on the nature of teaching and learning in distance education and TEL.
  7. Navigate and use an online learning environment, shared virtual spaces, and social media for the purpose of learning, documenting learning, and creating content.
  8. Master and apply research and writing skills for the purpose of critically analysing issues and topics discussed in relevant literature, synthesising findings, and communicating ideas and arguments with supporting evidence. (Note: All courses will have a research theme/focus)
  9. Learn collaboratively by using shared virtual spaces and networks to create content and successfully complete assigned team projects.
  10. Reflect on learning and articulate changes in thinking, feeling and behaviour.
Module contents
This course will study the history and evolution of distance education and technology-enhanced learning (TEL). A selected range of social and political/economic factors, theories, learning and teaching models, technology and media innovations, institutions and systems, and major writers that have shaped the development of the field will be critically examined. A variety of technologies will be used to support the development of foundational skills and a personal learning environment that are integral to current practice. Students will also be asked to periodically reflect upon opportunities and barriers that are characteristic of higher education within their local institutional and national context.
All course materials are available as open education resources (OER).
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 15 weeks Semester
Module frequency Minimum once per semester
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Internet-based discussion forums, group activities, learning activities, webinars, selfstudy, online seminars with guest experts
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Proficiency in internet and Microsoft Office use; self-organization skills.
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
End of semester
Form of instruction Seminar
Frequency SoSe oder WiSe
Workload Präsenzzeit 56 h