You will gain skills in critically understanding and interpreting research as reported in social and popular media, blogs, institutional reports and academic papers. Whilst there is an emphasis on rigorous applied research and evaluation, you do not need to have experience or knowledge of using particular research methods. You will also be guided in carrying out a small-scale research study and writing a detailed research plan on a topic of your choice.
The Critical Researcher - Educational Technology in Practice module from The Open University UK offers those working in a variety of sectors the opportunity to advance their professional knowledge and skills in critically interpreting and applying research findings from educational technology. It would therefore be particularly valuable if you are taking on responsibility for new initiatives or seeking to demonstrate advancement potential. However, it is also useful for those implementing and evaluating new educational technologies in their workplace, or for those considering strategic directions or new policies.
The module is also suitable if you are considering the possibility of an EdD or a PhD, since it provides an introduction to the postgraduate research skills that such higher degrees require, good evidence of ability to engage with research literature and methods, and individual help with the writing of a research proposal.
Programme StructureKnowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate knowledge of the strengths and challenges of cutting-edge methods and theories associated with practice-based educational research and evaluation
- Develop and demonstrate skills in locating, understanding and critically assessing research published in a variety of formats (e.g. social media, government reports, blogs, academic papers, mainstream media) and other forms of research outputs relevant to such research
- Show understanding of the diversity of, and issues facing, educational technology research and practice from a global perspective
- 7 months
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DisciplinesEducation Educational Research View 42 other Masters in Educational Research in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- You must be prepared for study at postgraduate level. This usually means holding a bachelors degree - whether from a UK university or from one outside the UK - or its equivalent.
- All teaching is in English, and your proficiency in the language needs to be adequate for postgraduate study and for contributing to online discussions by text and voice. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend that you make sure you can achieve a score of at least seven in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- You must also have regular access to the internet and be confident in online communication. You do not need experience of discussion forums or real-time online audiographic sessions (e.g. Adobe Connect, Skype) before you start, as you will have plenty of opportunity and guidance to develop these skills.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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