Executive Education

Sociotechnical Learning Environments

8 weeks
8 weeks
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Course description

Sociotechnical Learning Environments

Throughout the course, students will consider how the introduction of technology into learning environments impacts upon the very idea of education. You will analyse learning environments from the perspective of connecting the social, physical and digital in networks of the human and non-human to challenge perspectives of online and offline learning.

Using classic and contemporary philosophies of technology and education, students will critically engage in questioning why technologies are used and the actors involved in design, implementation and use.

Suitability - Who should attend?

In order to be eligible for the Sociotechnical Learning Environments Postgraduate Micro-credential short course, you will need to possess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or equivalent from a UK university or recognised international institution.

You may also be eligible to apply with a lower second class degree plus 2 years’ work experience in design, computing or education, or no degree plus 5 or more years’ work experience in the above areas.

Standard English language requirements also apply. If English is not your first language, you must also have an up-to-date English language test certificate. We accept Academic IELTS certificates with a grade of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any band. Other forms of English language certificates are accepted.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Once you have finished this 8-week course, you will be awarded an official University of Birmingham Postgraduate Micro-credential certificate (worth 10 academic credits) and a transcript. You will be able to use these academic credits to apply for advanced entry to the University of Birmingham’s full Online PGCert Design for Learning Environments qualification.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine empirical and theoretical research literature on the affordances of technology in learning and teaching environments.
  • Identify key learning environments in your own context and explore how the physical, social and digital environment connect.
  • Evaluate ethical and equality issues involved with adoption of technology in networked learning environments.
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT Birmingham West Midlands

University of Birmingham

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