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The programme equips graduates with the skills needed to design and develop multimedia content and technology-enhanced learning solutions. The need for this type of expertise is expanding consistently as companies and institutions worldwide rely increasingly on information and communication technologies (ICTs).
This programme will be delivered completely online.
The purpose of this programme is to equip graduates with the skills needed to design and develop multimedia content and technology-enhanced learning solutions. The need for this type of expertise is expanding rapidly as more and more companies and institutions use information and communication technologies (ICTs).
On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:
- Design online learning environments.
- Design and deliver instructional materials.
- Evaluate instructional tools and programmes.
- Evaluate design and development software applications.
- Use multimedia applications.
- Deploy and use Web 2.0 technologies to collaborate with peers.
- Manage complex writing and design projects.
- Communicate effectively in online and face-to-face environments.
- Write clear, correct, precise content.
The MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning is offered as a one-year, full-time course taught over two semesters, or as a two-year, part-time course taught over four semesters. Both the part-time and full-time programmes will be delivered completely online. Both the 1 year full-time and 2 year part-time MA also provide an exit award of Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication and E-Learning for students who meet the academic requirements of the taught programme and do not proceed to the dissertation (30 ects).
Students can access content and interact with lecturers and classmates primarily through the university’s Virtual Learning Environment.
- Lectures combine podcasts, learning objects and other resources.
- Students participate in online chats, online discussions, webinars, and peer-supported activities.
- Students are on campus for short periods each semester for orientation and block delivery modules.
- The dissertation combines self-directed work and liaison with the project supervisor.
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Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.
Applicants must have a primary degree in any discipline (2.2 honours or higher at Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants who do not have a primary degree can apply to be considered through RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).
Applicants must have a high standard of written English, and will be required to submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for applying, as part of the application process. Applicants are expected to be proficient in using standard office applications (e.g. MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel). They must also be proficient in searching the Internet and familiar with using electronic communication tools (including email, chat rooms, and discussion forums). Applicants may be required to attend/ participate in interviews to determine their suitability for the programme.
What to Include with your Application
- Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
- English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
- A copy of your birth certificate or passport
- Personal Statement
- If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate
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Graduates will be unique in Ireland, qualified to work as both instructional designers and technical writers, and in a variety of related roles such as editing, web design, interaction design, and technology journalism.
Graduate job titles include:
Digital project specialist
E-learning support specialist
Information development manager
Web content strategist
Below is a testimonial from a recent graduate of the programme.
Joy Siegel “For someone who loves learning and technology, the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning is a great fit. I smile as we preview upcoming assignments and marvel at what our lecturers will have us know by the end of a year. After countless hours on the computer, evaluating information, double checking if I avoided American spellings, and completing assignments, I happily return to the work each day. I am forever grateful for this experience, and it’s one that I would recommend to anyone interested in the field”.