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Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (PGD 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 Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (TLET) addresses foundation level knowledge and skills, which integrate core areas of pedagogy, curriculum and technology needed to support implementation of online and alternative modalities in education. These foundations form the essential knowledge and skills required for preparation of instructors for delivery of online and technology-enabled programmes in their designated academic disciplines.

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 12 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 Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (PGDip TLET) is geared towards professionals preparing to teach in a technology-enabled environment in institutions planning to offer or currently offering some form of online or distance education. Individuals enrolled in this programme may have discipline specific educational credentials in a field they teach but lack the knowledge and/or skills to be productive in a digital environment.

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 Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (PGD TLET) is designed as a 20-credit programme comprised of the following courses:

  • Five (5) 3-credit Core Courses (15 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (5 credits).

Programme completion in the minimum timeframe (12 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.  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 entry to the Post-Graduate Diploma programme, prospective participants must possess the following:

  • An undergraduate degree (at least a Lower Second Class or its equivalent from an approved university) – any academic discipline is acceptable.
  • One-year work experience related to online technologies or education; or equivalent experience as an online student, documented by resume, curriculum vitae, or transcript.

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).