This innovative MA offers you the unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through materials created by experts from The Open University's Institute of Educational Technology – who are reinventing digital learning through the innovative use of new media and technologies.
You’ll develop your understanding of technology-enhanced learning, from design, selection and use to evaluation and continuing development. A wide choice of modules enables you to contextualise your learning in topics of relevance to your own practice and interests, including e-learning at work, social media, supporting disabled students, and research methods.
On completion of Stage 1 students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Online and Distance Education.
On completion of Stage 2 students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Online and Distance Education.
Please note that the final enrolment date for this qualification will be 17 January 2019 after which it will no longer be available to new students. You must complete your study by 31 December 2021.
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. However, if you have successfully completed two-thirds of a bachelors degree (an HND in the UK, for example) and have professional experience in technology-enabled learning, you may still be eligible for the programme.
Computer and internet access required.
On successful completion of 180 points’ worth of required courses you will be awarded a Master of Arts in Online and Distance Education entitling you to use the letters MA ODE (Open) after your name.
Distance and Flexible learning
2 years (minimum)
Education, Childhood and Youth