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Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET)

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The Caribbean is experiencing an increase in interest and growth in the development and delivery of online and distance educational programmes at the tertiary level. The Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (TLET) programme is focused on the distinctiveness of the Caribbean region and is designed around needs particular to the region such as – human resource, geographical factors and technology dynamics.

The Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET)  addresses advanced professional knowledge and skills associated with the expertise in instructional support roles such as an Online/Distance Learning Instructional Specialist or job positions that manage the development and delivery of online and/or technology-enabled programmes.

These roles are supported through three concentrations of research study:

(1) teaching and learning (facilitation)

(2) instructional technology

(3) curriculum quality.

TLET is delivered fully online, integrating a substantive experiential online  practice-based laboratory, which measures achievement of competency through practitioner-oriented activities. The practitioner focus of this programme ensures development of knowledge, skills and competency in one of the emerging career fields in the region.

The minimum period for completion of this programme is 48 months.

The Application Process

The application process for the TLET programme has five distinct requirements:

  1. Completion of online application by 06 June 2019, including submission of all required documents prior to close of the application period (Applications received during the month of June may result in deferral of applicant until the next scheduled intake).
  2. Completion of TechQuest (TQ1) by 06 June 2019– This is a self-paced tutorial/assessment of technical knowledge and skills in six areas: Computer Terminology, Internet Skills, Online Communications, Microsoft Office Products, PDF, and Google Drive.) Register for this assessment at: (Instructions on how to access and complete the assessment will be sent to the email provided during registration.)
  3. Engagement Session with UWI Programme Staff via Skype prior to 06 June 2019 – This is a pre-programme briefing/ advising session to help you determine the best fit of programme concentration, and allow you to ask questions about the expectations of the programme.
  4. If an offer is extended, students MUST accept the offer to complete the application process.
  5. All accepted students must complete the OOL6100 course prior to registration. OOL6100 begins June 1, 2019, see details below under Academic Preparation.
  6. Applications for this programme will be accepted through 30 June 2019; however, those applications received during the month of June may result in deferral to the January 2020 cohort.

Who is this programme for?

The Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET) is geared towards preparing individuals serving in leadership or consultative positions in educational institutions currently offering or planning to offer online or distance programmes in roles such as Online/Distance Learning (ODL) instructional specialists, Directors of e-Learning, or Managers of ODL faculty development. A concentration is selected to support specific research interests.

If you have questions whether this programme might be for you, please send your inquiry to – a member of the TLET Programme Team in the Programme Delivery Department (PDD) will respond to your questions.

Programme Structure

The Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET) is designed as a 72-credit programme. This programme supports three areas of concentration: (1) Teaching and Learning, (2) Instructional Technology, and (3) Curriculum Quality.

The EdD TLET programme is comprised of the following courses:

  • Six (6) 3-credit Core Courses (18 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (6 credits)
  • Four (4) 3-credit Advanced Topic Courses (12 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (4 credits)
  • Two (2) 3-credit Research Specialisation Courses (6 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (2 credits)
  • Three (3) 3-credit Research Methods Courses (9 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (3 credits)
  • Four (4) 3-credit Research Course Rooms (12 credits) for completion of the dissertation research project


Programme completion in the minimum timeframe (48 months) is based on the prescribed course schedule of study for a cohort. Enrolment in this programme limits registration to no more than two courses and their associated practical laboratories in Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 credits each semester), and one course and its associated practical laboratory in the Summer session (4 credits). All coursework, including concentrations and advanced topics, must be completed prior to conducting research. Successful completion of approved original dissertation research is required for completion of the programme.

All courses in this programme will use 100% continuous assessment.  There will be no final examinations, however a comprehensive assessment of the ePortfolio produced in the Practical Laboratory courses is conducted to determine achievement of programmatic outcomes. Both formative assessments aimed at improving the learning process as it occurs, and summative assessments aimed at measuring mastery of learning objectives, will be employed within each course. Each course will integrate a co-requisite practical laboratory that requires demonstration of pedagogical and technical skills associated with the course topics. 

When will the programme start?

The next intake for this programme begins August 2019 (Semester 1) for Cohort 2 and runs 48 months, ending in May 2023. 

Entry Requirements

To qualify for the EdD programme, prospective students must possess the following:

  • The general prerequisite for entry into the programme will be a Taught Master’s degree in an appropriate field related to technology or education from The UWI or another approved University, having achieved at least a B+ average or its equivalent, with the following discipline preferences:
  1. Teaching concentration: an academic discipline related to teaching and learning or education
  2. Curriculum Quality concentration: an academic discipline related to curriculum and instruction or curriculum/instructional design
  3. Technology concentration: an academic discipline related to technology
  • Two or more years of work experience in a teaching environment
  • One year of work experience using online technologies in an educational setting; or two years’ experience as an online student.
  • Successful completion of the Open Campus TechQuest TQ1.

Applicants not fully meeting academic credential requirements but deemed potentially suited for the degree will be required to complete pre-requisite courses as determined by the academic team.

Holders of the MEd TLET from the University of the West Indies may apply for transition into the programme as per the Board for Graduate Studies and Research Regulations. Holders of the MEd TLET may be granted direct entry into the EdD TLET if they have achieved an overall grade of B+ or better in the MEd programme.

Academic Preparation

After candidates have accepted their offer, they will receive information via email from the Open Campus Registry - Recruitment, Admissions and Registration with directions on accessing the compulsory introductory course.

All admitted candidates must successfully complete a compulsory introductory course prior to registering in programme courses. This compulsory course, OOL6100 Graduate Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies, is a two-part course. Part 1 introduces students to a self-paced orientation and assessment of technology tools (TQ2) used in the delivery of the programme, and Part 2, a facilitated module covering the programme objectives and expectations of graduate learners that prepares them for the demands of this UWI graduate programme.

The self-paced portion of OOL6100 (Part 1) will be available from June 1 – July 28, 2019 with the facilitated portion (Part 2) conducted from July 8 – 28, 2019.

All accepted students are required to successfully complete OOL6100 (both parts) by July 28, 2019 to receive approval to register for their Semester 1 courses.

For Cohort 2:

  • Access to OOL6100 will commence June 1, 2019 or after acceptance of offer.
  • On successfully passing OOL6100 students will receive approval to register for their Semester 1 courses.
  • Registration for Semester 1 courses – August 6 – September 1, 2019
  • Teaching starts September 3, 2019

Students should contact the TLET Programme Team in their Academic Department (PDD) with any questions they may have by emailing:


Online Academic Department: (PDD/APAD)

The Programme Delivery Department, Academic Programming and Delivery Division. Contact the Programme Delivery Department (PDD) for information on TLET at: