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Updated: October 27, 2013 12:29 IST

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Ruby Rennie
Ruby Rennie

The University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Digital Education is aimed at developing practical skills necessary to understand teaching-learning in the 21st century.

Ruby Rennie of the University of Edinburgh specialises in language learning, literacy and the use of technology. She has been interested in the use of technology for learning for over 10 years, and introduced a course in “Online Language Learning” several years before the introduction of the current MSc in Digital Education. She was also part of the team developing the current programme. She speaks to Education Plus about the course:

What does the MSc in Digital Education entail?

It is an award-winning, innovative master’s level degree for teachers, professors and educators. It is fully distance, and you can study for one year full-time or part-time over a longer period. You will study in a collaborative environment with participants from all over the world.

What is the eligibility and what tests are to be taken to join the course?

The minimum entry requirement is a U.K. 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline. You should have professional interest in the programme. You may be considered if your employment or other educational experience provides evidence of intellectual ability of a standard equivalent to an honours degree.

On coursework and curriculum:

The programme is fully online and the committed teaching team believes that this gives an added advantage in scope of experiences and types of assessment. The core course is an introduction to digital environments for learning and will introduce participants to a wide range of technologies as well as guide them to critical discussion of the choices available. Other courses that can be chosen include “E-learning, politics and society,” “Effective Course Design for E-learning” and “Introduction to Digital Game-based Learning”.

On job prospects:

Being at the leading edge of innovation with technology in today’s digital world will open many doors for future employment in higher and further education world-wide. The skills and knowledge this programme provides will enable you to expand your existing career in education into the fast-moving and richly diverse field of digital education. The research skills you gain in the MSc programme will equip you for further study and possibly an academic career. You will also graduate with a tool-kit of transferable skills such as communication and project management, which can be applied to any career.

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