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EDUC1059 Digital Society: Education and Learning

Module Overview

To develop your understanding, this module poses questions such as: What is the Digital Society? Will the Digital Society offer more transparency, participation and innovation? What does the Digital Society mean for education and learners? You will have opportunities to consider the notion of Digital Learning and reflect on the use of digital tools to support learning. In addition, you will identify gaps in your digital capabilities and develop a strategy to make improvements.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify key concepts of the Digital Society
  • Account for the relationship between Digital Society and Digital Capabilities
  • Explain key current understandings of education and learning in a Digital Society
  • Critically assess your Digital Capabilities
  • Utilise and develop your Digital Capabilities to enhance your learning
  • Utilise digital tools to collaborate and communicate individually and as group


Topics normally covered in this module will include: - An introduction to notions of Digital Society; - A review of learning theories related to Learning 2.0; - Digital Capabilities, interactions and linkages; - Information, data and media literacies; - Digital creation, innovation and scholarship; - Communication, collaboration and participation; - Digital learning and self-development; - ICT skills, digital literacies and proficiencies; - Digital identity and well-being; - Criticisms of Digital Society and implications for education and learning.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You can expect to engage in learning workshops and supported periodic drop-in individual/group tutorials. You will need to keep an up-to-date record of your learning activities and provide regular peer-feedback to others. Tutor feedback on progress will be provided on a regular basis during the module. You will compile an evidence base in the form of an online portfolio for assessment purposes.

Practical classes and workshops10
Follow-up work30
Completion of assessment task20
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Wider reading or practice70
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Module resources. Module resources and materials will be updated on a regular basis via Blackboard. Students and tutors are expected to co-create some online resource collections.

Hargreaves, I. and Hartley, J (2016). Creative citizen unbound. 

Selwyn, N. (2014). Digital Technology and the Contemporary University: Degrees of Digitization. 

Selwyn, N (2016). Is technology good for education?. 

Box of Broadcasts. BoB - Box of Broadcasts on demand TV and radio service for education

Selwyn, N. (2013). Distrusting Educational Technology : Critical Questions For Changing Times. 

Craft, A (2010). Creativity and Education Futures: Learning in a Digital Age. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Take-away exam  (1750 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (1750 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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