Educational Technology - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus
Wednesday, 26 January 2022 12:00

EPA524: Digital Technologies in Education

Module Purpose and Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • know the basic types of technology that can be used within a learning environment
  • Recognize good educational practices for using both educational technologies and general digital technologies
  • understand the basic functional characteristics of the digital technologies that can be used for educational purposes
  • Understand the basic principles of managing and using digital technology
  • design educational projects using technology
  • critically evaluate the possibility and use of integrating digital technology in the school context.

Module Content

This module focuses on various digital technologies that can be used pedagogically in the educational field. In this context, students will be introduced to technologies designed exclusively for use in education, such as educational software and digital learning games. Also, they will be introduced to general  technological purposes such as software tools, multimedia and media, digital storytelling, internet, etc. that can be used to enhance the educational process. Emphasis is placed on the main functional and technical characteristics of these technologies, as well as on the basic principles that govern their educational integration practices. In the same context, students are invited to study good practices for the use of all the above digital technologies for educational purposes and specifically adapted to the various courses of the curriculum of the general and special education.

Module Purpose and Objectives

The main purpose of this module is for students: (a) to understand the integration policies and the factors that affect the practice of educational technology, (b) to focus on the teachers’ role by bringing together basic learning theories with the use of technology in teaching and learning and learn the most important models of pedagogical integration, (c) to connect the most basic courses of the curriculum and special education with the pedagogical use of technology and (d) to assess the need for an educational system reform based on theories of change.

Module Content

This module emphasizes the studying of issues surrounding the integration of new technologies in education. In this context, students will study integration policies and factors that affect the practice of educational technology. Furthermore, emphasis is also placed on the interpretation of the teacher’s role in the use of technology in teaching and learning, with a clear reference to basic learning theories. At the same time, students will be introduced to modern models of pedagogical integration of technology while examining the use of the latter in various courses of the curriculum, both in the general and special education. In addition, the main focus of this thematic course is the view of educational technology in a broader "ecological" context, taking into account the formation of the classroom, the school culture and the general mechanisms of the educational system. As a result, students will appreciate the need to reform the education system, with reference to theories and conditions for change, in order to achieve an effective and sustainable integration of technology.