Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (MEd TLET)
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. This new programme from The UWI Open Campus aims to build capacity in the region and develop competencies to support this emerging field in education. The 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 Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (MEd TLET) addresses specific knowledge and skills associated with three concentrations that develop expertise when utilising e-learning technologies when delivering courses in a spectrum of digital environments. The specialisations identified are: (1) teaching and learning (facilitation), (2) instructional technology support, and (3) curriculum quality support.
More information about these concentrations can be accessed at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M9doyOPm_RRmWAhgj2Epa02o7_gNqTEab79j_6bdCPE/edit?usp=sharing
This degree offers both a practitioner track, which includes a required internship, and a research track which supports those students pursuing terminal degrees in an area of concentration.
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 28 months.
The Application Process
The application process for the TLET programme has five distinct requirements:
- Completion of online application by 06 December 2019, including submission of all required documents prior to close of the application period
- Completion of TechQuest (TQ1) by 13 December 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: https://forms.gle/PzxBvwZPmLDWHhRq8(Instructions on how to access and complete the assessment will be sent to the email provided during registration.)
- Participation in an individual Briefing Session with UWI Programme Staff via Zoom prior to 13 December 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. Students can register for a Briefing Session at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17xKUe_2VnbGZ_kQz8vY8q7ox1ndWy4E3TlpXRsEaQdw/edit?usp=sharing
- An applicant can only receive an offer when these three items are completed.
- When an offer is made to an applicant, the applicant MUST accept the offer to be eligible to enrol in the programme.
- All admitted students must complete the pre-requisite course, OOL6100 Graduate Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies, prior to registration. This is a self-paced course. OOL6100 will open 28 October, 2019, see details below under Academic Preparation.
Applications for this programme will be accepted through 06 December 2019; however, if the application process (e.g., submission of documents, completion of TechQuest, participation in briefing) is not completed by 13 December the applicant will be considered for the August 2020 intake.
Who is this programme for?
The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (MEd TLET) is geared towards professionals working in educational institutions planning to offer or currently offering online or distance programmes who serve in roles such as facilitators, instructional technology or curriculum quality support.
If you have questions whether this programme might be for you, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org – a member of the TLET Programme Team in the Programme Delivery Department (PDD) will respond to your questions.
The MEd TLET is designed as a 42-credit programme comprised of the following courses:
- Six (6) 3-credit Core Courses (18 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (6 credits)
- Three (3) 3-credit Concentration Courses (9 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (3 credits)
For those students opting for the research track, one specialization course and its laboratory is replaced by:
- Research Methods in Education Studies and its associated Practical Laboratory
- One (1) 6-credit Capstone course conducted over two semesters (6 credits)
Programme completion in the minimum timeframe (28 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 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 January 2020 (Semester 2) for Cohort 3 and runs 28 months, ending in May 2022.
To qualify for this MEd programme, prospective participants must possess the following:
- An undergraduate degree (at least a Lower Second Class pass or its equivalent from an approved university) with the following discipline requirements:
- Teaching and Learning concentration: any academic discipline is acceptable at the undergraduate degree level as this specialisation is meant to advance the skills of the adjunct professional wishing to teach in online or distance learning programmes
- Instructional Technology concentration: an academic discipline related to technology
- Curriculum Quality concentration: an academic discipline related to education or curriculum delivery
- One year 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.
Holders of the PG Diploma TLET may be granted entry into the MEd TLET if they have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma. Holders of the Post-Graduate Diploma in TLET may apply for transition into the MEd programme per the Board for Graduate Studies and Research Regulations.
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 the pre-requisite course, OOL6100 Graduate Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies.
Admitted students will be granted access to OOL6100 from 28 October through 18 December, 2019.
OOL6100 is a two-part course. Part 1 introduces students to a self-paced orientation and assessment of technology tools (TechQuest 2) used in the delivery of the programme, and Part 2, covers the programme objectives and expectations of graduate learners. This course also prepares students for the demands of this UWI graduate programme. A synchronous Blackboard Collaborate Session will be held on 18 December, 2019 at 7:00 pm EC.
All admitted students are required to successfully complete OOL6100 (both parts) by 31, December, 2019 to receive approval to register for their Semester 2 courses.
Registration for Semester 2 courses commences from 6 January and concludes 21 January, 2020
Teaching starts 20 January, 2020.
Students should contact the TLET Programme Team in their Academic Department (PDD) with any questions they may have by emailing: email@example.com
Candidates who have completed a foundations certificate (FSOF or BFSOF) offered through The UWI Open Campus Programme Delivery Department with credit for the course EDCE 6050 Fundamentals of Teaching with Technology. The co-requisite laboratory EDCE6051 Laboratory: Fundamentals of Teaching with Technology is not included in this exemption, as it is a critical part of the assessment of mastery integrated into this programme.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org