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EDUC6451 Innovating Practice in Education

Module Overview

During this module you will explore some of the new and innovative practices and challenges facing education. The module begins by examining innovation in a wider sense, such as the changing curriculum or the challenges of globalisation, but then moves to a closer examination of eLearning, one of the more noticeable challenges facing education practices.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • -Compare and contrast different forms of innovation in teaching and learning.
  • -Take a critical approach to interrogating innovation and their associated claims.
  • -Identify and assess the barriers to and enablers of change in educational innovation.
  • -Design innovations in learning and teaching
  • -Reflect on your own professional development and practice


The content of the module will typically cover: - Emerging trends and the nature of innovation in education - E-learning as innovative practice - Approaches to e-learning - Designing and implementing education innovations - Evaluating the effectiveness of innovations - Barriers to change in individuals and institutions

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught entirely online. A typical 'lesson' would include: - Lectures - delivered live via the university's web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) or as pre-prepared videos - Lecture notes - written by the module tutors - Selected readings - from the prescribed core texts - Written tasks - submitted via private blogs or discussion forums - Online activities - such as quizzes and tests - Individual and Group tutorials - via Skype (individual) or Adobe Connect (groups)

Completion of assessment task60
Follow-up work18
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Wider reading or practice50
Practical classes and workshops6
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Selwyn, N. (2013). Distrusting educational technology: Critical questions for changing times. (Core Textbook). 

Extra Reading. During each lesson you will be directed to related readings from other textbooks and journal articles to enhance and extend your understanding of the topics under discussion. All of these resources will be available electronically via the University's library.

Harasim, L. (2012). Learning Theory and Online Technologies (Core Textbook). 

Paine, N. (2014). The Learning Challenge: Dealing with Technology, Innovation and Change in Learning and Development. (Core Textbook). 


Assessment Strategy



MethodPercentage contribution
Electronic artefact capable  (1000 words) 25%
Essay  (3000 words) 75%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

3 Core Textbooks Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line.

Travel Costs for placements

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any conference registration fees). Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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