To take this module you need to be ready for study at postgraduate level, usually demonstrated by having a bachelor’s 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.
However, if you have successfully completed two-thirds of a bachelor’s degree (an HND in the UK, for example) and have professional experience in technology-enabled learning, you may still be eligible for the programme. You will be asked to provide further information and evidence of your eligibility as part of the registration process for the programme.
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.
You need to have continual access to the internet and be confident in online communication. We also recommend that you have prior experience of learning, teaching or presenting online. In addition, you should have some experience of reading and understanding academic literature.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
No formal preparatory work is required, however you may wish to familiarise yourself with the ideas behind digital and open scholarship, for example by reading Chapter 1: Digital, networked and open in the free-to-access publication, The Digital Scholar by Professor Martin Weller, one of the authors of this module.