Groups and Communities - Researching the Design of Technology Enhanced/Networked Learning

Module Four

Lead Tutor: Professor Don Passey

In this module we’ll consider how people use technology to form learning communities and networks. We’ll explore how people make connections within their networks, how people collaborate to explore ideas and produce new insights, and how communities can be designed for different purposes.

We’ll take an in-depth look at the lifecycle of learning communities, considering how they are formed, developed, and maintained.

You’ll consider:

  • applications of social technologies
  • issues around participation, interaction, collaboration, and engagement in community design and assessment
  • conditions for developing trust and social capital
  • emerging avenues of scholarship and research
  • challenges and implications of forming a technology-philosophy nexus

You will have chance to explore ideas for a longer-term study – to reflect on aspects from across Part 1, and implications for methodological choice and design.

You will gain valuable experience in carrying out autonomous research and communicating your findings effectively through a 5,500-word piece of coursework. 

August - December - 40 credits