MA in Digital Technologies, Communication & Education at the University of Manchester: Join us! #10yearmadtce

Interviews with the lecturer and students of the MA programme about what to expect and why the programme is worth considering.
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MA DTCE @MADTCE
At 4:00 BST, we're going to kick off the celebration of 10 year MA DTCE with Twitter Q & A. Are you all ready? We will have a lecturer, an onsite student, and a distance learning student of MA DTCE to tell their experiences in the programme. pic.twitter.com/qr0gqNV6Z4
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MA DTCE @MADTCE
Today we have @DrewWhitworth1, @dorotheawina and @neghavati for our #10yearmadtce Q&A session. Don't forget to follow our twitter account and join the discussion! pic.twitter.com/cmDzu8FgHp
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MA DTCE @MADTCE
Welcome to our Q&A to celebrate #10yearmadtce today! We have an exciting panel of guests today from the programme. Dr Drew Whitworth, Wina Tirtapradja, and Amin Neghavati. pic.twitter.com/28vpu8s4WM
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MA DTCE @MADTCE
Dr @DrewWhitworth1 is a lecturer in the programme. Wina Tirtapradja @dorotheawina is a current onsite student of the programme. Amin Neghavati @neghavati is a current distance learning student of the programme. #10yearmadtce
MA DTCE @MADTCE
Our first guest, Dr Drew Whitworth, is a lecturer at MA DTCE and the Director of Teaching and Learning Strategy at the Manchester Institute of Education. He was the Programme Director of MA DTCE during its launch in 2007. #10yearmadtce pic.twitter.com/gKVH3WKniF
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MA DTCE @MADTCE
In 2012 @DrewWhitworth1 was recipient of a Catalyst Award from Blackboard, for 'Communications Strategies' in his course unit The Development of Educational Technology; the only European winner of such an award that year. #10yearmadtce
MA DTCE @MADTCE
In 2013 @DrewWhitworth1 was named the University's "Most Innovative Lecturer" by Manchester students. #10yearmadtce
MA DTCE @MADTCE
Our second guest is Wina Tirtapradja @dorotheawina. She joined MA DTCE in 2017 as an onsite student and is currently preparing for her master’s dissertation about social media and politics. She’s from Tangerang, Indonesia #10yearmadtce pic.twitter.com/54IaSA9HEK
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MA DTCE @MADTCE
Our third guest is Amin Neghavati @neghavati. Originally from Iran, he joined in 2016 as a distance learning student. Now he also works as a training consultant with British Council Singapore & as an elearning consultant for a global British Council project #10yearmadtce pic.twitter.com/R4MiFk8uYb
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MA DTCE @MADTCE
How excited! Let’s move on to our guests who are about to share their experiences in the programme and what the programme can offer you if you’re studying here! #10yearmadtce
MA DTCE @MADTCE
Thanks for joining us today, @DrewWhitworth1. First question to you: How did you join the programme in the first place? #10yearmadtce
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE My pleasure☺ . I first came to @EducationUoM in 2005 as a lecturer. After finishing my PhD at Leeds I had been working on #ICT in education with undergraduates at Leeds.
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE I took my PG Certificate teaching qualification at Leeds and that got me thinking more about the links between teaching and technology. Without that I don't think @EducationUoM would have given me the job....
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE Meanwhile @EducationUoM had been running a Master's programme called Microcomputers in Education since about 1985, over time this had become the MEd ICT in Education. Also we had another MEd called Communication in Education
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE This dealt more with media, TV and video whereas ICT in Ed was just "computers". But even by this time it was becoming harder to argue that these were separate domains any longer. Mobile phones, streamed online content etc....
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE I was also very keen that the programme become available via distance learning, which seemed a very logical development in this case. So we proposed an amalgamation of the two programmes, and @EducationUoM accepted...
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE We launched the new MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in the 2007-8 academic year, hence this is our tenth anniversary year.... I was Programme Director until 2016. (end)
WINA 👻 @dorotheawina
Interesting to know about the history of my beloved program, MA: DTCE @MADTCE at the University of Manchester @OfficialUoM , through the lens of the first Program Director @DrewWhitworth1 ! #10yearmadtce #madtce
MA DTCE @MADTCE
Secondly, @DrewWhitworth1, what do you teach in the programme? #10yearmadtce
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE First I teach the Educational Technology and Communication unit, this is a 30 credit core course. Here's where we help students develop an understanding of learning environments, what shapes them and drives their generation, technological or otherwise
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE Theories of technology come into play but so must theories of teaching and learning, of communication and of organisation, the history of computing and the internet and so on.
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE I also teach the Digital, Media and Information Literacy unit, this looks at the history of how we've "taught computers" in school, college and everyday life, how education has responded to the perceived need to develop skills in people
Amin Neghavati @neghavati
@DrewWhitworth1 @MADTCE #ETC might sound theory-oriented but it's a very practical module. The assignments are just like real workplace case studies! #MADTCE #10yearmadtce
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@MADTCE In sum then I guess my teaching tries to help people understand the dynamic relationship between learning environments and technology. (end)
Drew Whitworth @DrewWhitworth1
@neghavati @MADTCE Yes, the aim is certainly to help people apply that knowledge in real world contexts
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