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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Digital Media and Learning
Module Code ES545
School 79
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Peter Tiernan
Semester 2: Peter Tiernan
Autumn: Peter Tiernan
Module TeachersYvonne Crotty
Irene White
Peter Tiernan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of the modules is to provide a learning environment in which teachers experience the use of digital technolgies in learning. Which will enable teachers to make effective use of digital technologies in teaching and learning. Arising from the module they will be equiped to examine policies and guidelines on the use of digital technologies in education and examine research methods appropriate to teaching scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically reflect on different theoretical perspectives in digital technologies and appraise their impact on teaching and learning in contemporary Post Primary Education
2. Synthesise the major theoretical perspectives in digitial technologies and interpret their influence on education policy and practice in contemporary post primary education
3. Appraise the relevance of digitial technologies in the development of the Irish post primary education system
4. Investigate how digital technologies inform the practice of post primary teachers in the Irish education system
5. Apply a critical understanding of digitial media and learning and recognise it's manifestation in modern day, post primary education

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory10Practical Sessions
Online activity24Online Forum and Learnig Materials
Online activity10Reflection on Theory and Practice
Independent Study70Independent Work and Assignment
Total Workload: 122

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Internet
Web 2.0, Social Networking.

Digital content.
Open educational resources. Searching. Creative Commons. Re-mix. Improve and Redistribute.

Practical applications. Theoretical issues.

eLearning Plan
Planning Cycle, e-Learning Roadmap

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Digital ProjectStudents will develop a research based application of a digital technology for use in a classroom.100%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Boss, S. et. Al.: 2008, Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, International Society for Technology in Education,
  • Grabe, M. and Grabe, C.: 2008, Integrating Technology for Meaningful Learning., Wadsworth Publishing,
  • Valenza,J, Berger, P., and Trexler, S.: 2010, Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Learning and Teaching in a Digital World, Libraries Unlimited,
  • National Centre for Technolgy in Education: 2010, Starting your School’s e-Learning Plan, NCTE,
  • Surhone , L., Timpledon, M. and Marseken, S.: 2010, Open Educational Resources, Betascript Publishing,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GCSEDGCert in Science Education
GDSEDGDip in Science Education
MSSEDMSc in Science Education
Date of Last Revision26-FEB-10

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