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Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates

This module is designed for current or future professionals in elearning or ‘technology-enhanced’ learning. It is highly relevant if you already work in elearning in a university or college, in training, in heritage, health or non-formal learning – or if you’re considering moving into one of these areas. The module provides hands-on experience of a range of learning technologies, and enables you to explore the processes of designing, implementing and critiquing technology-enhanced learning. By the end of your studies, you’ll have developed your ability to act as a creative and effective professional within the broad field of technology-enhanced learning, teaching and training.


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06 Feb 2016 Oct 2016 £2204.00

Registration closes 22/01/16 (places subject to availability)

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This module is expected to start for the last time in February 2017.

What you will study

The materials for this module have been created by a team of leading-edge researchers and teachers in the OU’s Institute of Educational Technology. All of these materials are online, and you will explore them in small online groups in text-based discussion forums and live voice sessions, guided and supported by your tutor. You are also welcome to lead your own voice-based sessions, and to use the OU’s blogging tool or a tool of your choice. You will also be supported in individual study and in seeking out new networks and sources of information on the internet – from ejournals to ecommunities, from social bookmarking to the furthest edges of the web.

One purpose of the module is to give you direct experience of current and innovative learning technologies. But whether you are blogging or writing a wiki, talking online with your tutor and fellow students or trying out a new tool you have just found, we shall be asking you to keep in mind fundamental questions about the nature of learning and learning design. The study materials and your tutor will support you as you read papers from some of the leading thinkers in the field, and will enable you to sift evidence from researchers and practitioners around the world. By the end of the 32 weeks, you should find that you have new skills and a deeper understanding of the forces and debates shaping the world of technology-enhanced learning.

You will learn

The learning outcomes for this module are available here.

Vocational relevance

This module is designed for current or future professionals in the broad area of technology-enhanced learning within university or college education, training in business and other contexts, the heritage or health fields, and a wide range of non-formal learning activities. The module is a core component of our MA in Online and Distance Education (F10), which you can study as separate modules and in any order - though we recommend you first read our Pathways guidance to see which might be the best route through this qualification for you. 

During your study, you will experience a range of learning technologies, and will explore the processes of designing, implementing and critiquing technology-enhanced learning. When you have successfully completed the module you will have developed your ability to act as a creative and effective professional within the broad field of technology-enhanced teaching and training.

Some of our masters students are sponsored by their employers, and we expect this to be the case on this module. Employers have demonstrated that they value the vocational relevance of the programme and the positive impact of study.


To take this module you need to be ready for study at postgraduate level, usually demonstrated by having a first degree or equivalent qualification. You need easy access to the Web, but you don’t need to be experienced in blogging or in online discussion forums. Nor do you need to be working in technology-enhanced learning but you should be interested in developing some expertise in this area.

All teaching is in English, and your proficiency in the language needs to be adequate for postgraduate study and for contributing to online discussions by text and voice. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you make sure you can achieve a score of at least seven in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To assess your English Language skills in relation to your proposed studies, you can visit the IELTS website.

If you have any doubt about whether the module is suitable for you, please speak to an adviser.


H800 is a compulsory module in our:

H800 is an optional module in our:

Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

In this module you are expected to use a wide range of resources, and to study emerging online technologies. Many of the materials will be delivered as web pages, pdf files and web-based tools. Tutorial and student-led discussions and activities will be carried out in text-based discussion forums online. In addition, some discussions and collaborative activities will take place as live voice-based events in our audioconferencing (audiographics) environment, which combines voice, text and images.

We have tried to avoid using inaccessible resources, but some material which is core for the module may not be easily accessible if you use assistive technology. Some students may also find the amount of reading from technically different sources challenging. In many cases there will be sufficient alternative activities and material to enable you to complete assignments successfully. Where this is not the case, you will be given individual support by your tutor in collaboration with other OU staff. Support for access to Library resources is available from the Library Helpdesk.

Since you will be asked to study the use of emerging online tools, and to participate in live online discussions in an audioconferencing (audiographics) environment, you may find it beneficial to have someone assisting you. Advice on this is available from an adviser.

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.

Study materials

What's included

H800 provides you with specially written web-based teaching material, learning activities for small groups of fellow students and for you to undertake individually, support from your tutor, live discussion online and message-based forums, a dedicated website and other internet resources.

As an OU student, you can use the Open University Library website. This provides access via the internet to a wide range of online resources such as databases, full-text ejournals, reference sources, ebooks, newspapers, images and more to support your studies. You can use these to do a literature search, keep up to date with your subject, or read around a topic. Support for developing and improving your information searching skills is available on the Library website, and the Library Helpdesk is there seven days a week to provide help and advice on finding and using information.

Contact us if you would like to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available.

We recommend either of the following:

  • Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
  • Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system.

A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities on your mobile device.

We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and above
  • Apple Safari 7 and above
  • Google Chrome 31 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.

Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.

See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

Your tutor will guide you on many aspects of the module, and will grade and comment on your written work; you may also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. You will be taught and assessed through a combination of media, including the internet, live discussion online and contributions to message-based forums, email and written assignments.


The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in February 2016. We expect it to be available for the final time in February 2017. 

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

Distance learning

The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information about distance learning at the OU read Study explained.

Course facts
About this course:
Course code H800
Credits 60
OU Level Postgraduate
SCQF level 11
FHEQ level 7
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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