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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Creating Learning Environments using ICT
Module Code ES326
School School of Education Studies

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorMr Peter TiernanOffice NumberC145b
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to enable students to design and publish an online learning activity and also to identify and analyse key issues in the use of ICT in creating or supporting meaningful Learning Environments. Learners will engage in a series of lectures, workshops and ICT practical sessions that will enable the learner to design, develop and critically review an online educational resource (such as a webquest). Learners will also reflect on key issues related to the integration of technology in education.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the key elements of a technology-enabled Learning Environment
2. Analyse the role of ICT in the creation of Learning Environments
3. Examine and critically reflect on issues associated with using ICT to create Learning Environments
4. Appraise and evaluate ICT tools used to create Learning Environments
5. Design, develop and publish an online learning activity

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12No Description
Laboratory12Computer Practicals
Assignment Completion50Creation of digital artefact and reflective journal
Independent Study51ICT skills practice/ Reading around key themes
Total Workload: 125

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

Theme 1
Overview of Learning Environments What constitutes a Learning environment?What is the role of ICT in the creation of a learning environment? Why is ICT being promoted in Learning Environments? What are the key issues arising from the use of ICT in Learning Environments? What competencies do Learners/ Teachers/ Trainers need to perform activities or function within an ICT-enabled Learning Environment?

Theme 2
Current Issues in creation of Learning Environment: Pedagogy, Accessibility, e_Safety, Digital Natives versus Digital Immigrants, Flexibility, Interactivity

Theme 3
How to design and implement an online activity (such as WebQuest) - Planning site Overview - Story boarding the website - Selecting Tool, Deciding on Content, Implementing your design, Testing and evaluation.

Theme 4
Focus on Pedagogy in technology-enabled Learning Environments (Constructivism/ Collaborative Learning/ Independent Learning/ Multiple Intelligence Theory/ Communities of Practice and Communities of Learners)

Theme 5
Focus on Aesthetic in technology-enabled Learning Environments - Graphic Design - Principles of Graphic Design in online medium (Balance and Emphasis/ Simplicity/ Alignment/ Contrast and Consistency)

Theme 6
Multimedia - Exploring the use of Video/ Animation/ Audio/ Graphics/ Images in online Learning Environments

Theme 7
Practical Skills Training - Workshops on use of software such as Google sites/ Microsoft Publisher/ Frontpage/ QuarkExpress8/ Hot Potatoes and use of file transfer protocol software (such as WINSCP) where required in the formation and publication of an online learning activity (such as WebQuest)

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Holland, C: 2009, Lecture Notes Creating Learning Environments using ICT, DCU,
  • Collis, B. and Moonen, G.: 2001, Flexible Learning in a Digital World, Kogan,
  • Joliffe, A; Ritter, K and Stevens, D.: 2000, The Online Learning Handbook: Developing and Using Webbased Learning, Kogan Page London,
  • Lockwood, F and Gooley, A.: 2001, Innovation in Open and Distance Learning: Successful Development of Online and Webbased Learning, London: Kogan Page,
  • Long, L and Long , N.: 2002, Computers, New Jersey: Prentice Hall,
  • Seely Brown, J. and Duguid, P: 2000, The Social Life of Information, Boston: Harvard Business Press,
Other Resources

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