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TITLE e-Learning

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Computer Information Systems

DESCRIPTION Participants will be introduced to the main aspects of eLearning.

Initially, there will be an overview of the main theories underlying eLlearning and a brief review of the main pedagogical theories and how these influence the actual development of an e-learning System.

The roles and requirements of the '21st century' student, tutors and institutions/e-learning providers will also be investigated.

An overview of the latest/future trends that appear to be applied in the fields of e-learning by following selected papers and articles from the e-learning literature. Additionally, some case studies will be explored and analysed. Select current issues and trends in eLearning will also be explored.

Study-unit Aims:

• To provide knowledge of e-learning and the various scenarios where different modes of e-learning are being applied;
• To enable participates to become aware and knowledgeable with some of the current issues and literature in eLearning;
• Invite experts from the ICT industry to illustrate actual systems used by their organization and inform students about practical related issues.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Distinguish between the main theories behind e-learning;
• Develop an e-learning strategy within a particular organisation and be a reference for other stakeholders due to the ability of combining the required knowledge from both the pedagogical and system development philosophies;
• Make reflection and self-assessment of their phase of study.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Use the theoretical knowledge provided by the main e-learning philosophies to suggest a design for a typical e-learning scenario;
• Demonstrate knowledge/awareness and ability to critically evaluate some of the eLearning issues of the day;
• Evaluate the various development tools, e-learning technologies, and assess their effectiveness vis-a-vis specific e-learning requirements and implement them in real-life scenarios.


• Delivering E-Learning: A complete strategy for design and assessment. (2009) By Kenneth Fee. Kogan Page Ltd. ISBN - 10 0749453974 ISBN - 13 978 0749453978.

Supplementary Text:

• E-Learning by Design (2nd ed). (2012). By William Horton. Pfeiffer. ISBN - 978-0-470-90002-4.
• The E-Learning Handbook (2008). Saul Carliner, Patti Shank (Eds). ISBN978-0-7879-7831-0.

A number of academic and most cited papers are to be followed by students.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 15%
Literature Review Yes 35%
Project Yes 50%


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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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