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Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (MEd TLET)

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Introduction

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 that develop expertise when utilising e-learning technologies when delivering courses in a spectrum of digital environments. This degree offers a practitioner-based experience which includes a required internship.

Applicants for the 2021/2022 application period are being accepted for the following concentrations:

(1) Teaching and Learning (T&L)

(2) Curriculum Quality (CQ).

More information about these concentrations can be accessed at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M9doyOPm_RRmWAhgj2Epa02o7_gNqTEab79j_6bdCPE/edit?usp=sharing

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 include the following steps:

  1. Completion of the online application is required by 11 July, 2021, including submission of all required documents prior to close of the application period
  2. Completed applications are reviewed and eligibility is determined.
  3. Successful candidates will be sent an offer of acceptance into the programme.
  4. When an offer is made to an applicant, the applicant MUST accept the offer to be eligible for admission into the programme.
  5. 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 1 July 2021 (see details below under Academic Preparation).

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 graduate@open.uwi.edu – a member of the Admissions Team will respond to your questions.

Programme Structure

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)

Two (2) 3-credit Capstone courses (proposal, internship) (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 start date for those admitted to this programme begins August 2021.

Entry Requirements

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:
  1. 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
  2. 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

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.

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 the pre-requisite course, OOL6100 Graduate Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies.

Admitted students will be granted access to OOL6100 beginning 1 July 2021.

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.

All admitted students are required to successfully complete OOL6100 (both parts).

Course Exemption

Applicants may apply for a maximum of three (3) course exemptions with credit (9 credits). Courses requested for consideration of exemption, with or without credit, must have been completed, and grades awarded, within a five-year period prior the time of application to the programme. Comparable courses earned through similar post-graduate academic degrees earned at The UWI or other recognised universities, will be considered for the purposes of exemption with credit, if requested by the student prior to the start of the student’s entry into the programme. The decision to grant exemptions is determined after submission of transcript, copies of the course outlines, evidence of the contact hours and credits achieved in the courses.