Offering educational technology in blended mode of delivery

01 Jan 2024 | By Dick Ng'ambi
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01 Jan 2024 | By Dick Ng'ambi

Prior to the pandemic, the PGDip and M.Ed. in Educational Technology programmes were delivered in block release mode, supplemented by online interactions before and after the face-to-face block. During the pandemic (2020-2022), the programmes pivoted to a fully online mode, with a schedule of six weeks, featuring two 2-hour sessions per week.

Starting in 2023, the PGDip and M.Ed. in Educational Technology have transitioned to a blended mode of delivery, meaning that two of the four modules are offered entirely online in both programmes. This blended teaching and learning mode allows for a more focused use of block release face-to-face time, emphasising the growth of the learning community, the development of professional capabilities, and the understanding and application of content, instead of overwhelming the students with content during a condensed week.

The majority of our students enrolled in these programmes operate in blended contexts and thus require contextually relevant and technical knowledge, specialised professional skills, and adaptability and resilience. Consequently, the PGDip and Masters in Educational Technology need to exemplify blended learning in order to support the professional development of our students.

Blended learning modes provide flexibility for students and promote organisational agility within the School of Education, while also offering cost and time savings. We are capitalising on the capabilities of technologies to enhance emerging practices in online learning and teaching.

Applications for next year's intake open on April 1.