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APPLY BY DATE:
14 April 2024
TO START BY:
29 April 2024

THE FUTURE. REIMAGINED.

Master of Education in Information and Communication Technology

The purpose of the Master of Education in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is for students to acquire, strengthen and deepen specialist advanced theoretical knowledge of ICT in educational environments. The themes that are covered include educational ICT policy development, current and emerging issues in digital learning, contemporary learning design theories and frameworks and framing assessment within 21st century contexts.

The programme targets education practitioners from the public and private sectors who have an interest in advancing digital learning in their education ecosystems. The programme will appeal to instructional and learning designers, educational researchers, teachers and lecturers, corporate trainers, subject and curriculum specialists, policy advisers, monitoring and evaluation specialists and NGO officials.

This programme requires no travel and no face-to-face sessions, allowing you to earn credits at your own pace while fulfilling personal and professional obligations. Complete the programme in a minimum of two years.

Requirements

The admission requirements for this programme will adhere to the University of Johannesburg’s Admission and Selection Policy that is current at the time of the registration for this programme.

The admission process is the first step towards advancing your career. Below are the minimum requirements for applying and a list of the required documents you will need when you submit your application for the Master in Information and Communication Technology in Education.

During the selection process, the programme coordinator and/or head of department (HOD) will consider the career history of applicants.

Requirements for consideration into a Master of Education in Information and Communication Technology include:

One of the following:

  • An NQF Level 8 Honours Degree in Education, or a related equivalent qualification (e.g. Human Resource Development).
    OR
  • A suitable professional Bachelor’s Degree (NQF Level 8) plus a teacher’s diploma or teaching qualification and work experience in the field of ICT in education. The disciplinary knowledge of such candidates will be assessed by the programme coordinator and another disciplinary expert. A reading programme may be prescribed prior to allowing registration.
    OR
  • An appropriate NQF Level 8 Honours Degree and a teacher’s diploma/teaching qualification, plus work experience in the field of ICT in education. The disciplinary knowledge of such candidates will be assessed by the programme coordinator and another disciplinary expert in the field of specialisation. A reading programme may be prescribed prior to allowing registration.
    OR
  • Prospective candidates may, based on extensive and verifiable experience in the field of ICT in education, apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) within institutional policy guidelines. Their experience should be on the level and scope of NQF Level 8 within the discipline and should include appropriate research methodological knowledge and skills.
    AND
  • All applicants must have obtained a 65% average in the preceding NQF Level 8 qualification (or equivalent).

Students who do not have the required 65% on their average marks for the previous qualification, but who have an average between 60% and 64%, will be considered if there are places available in the programme. In such cases, the programme 

Required documentation:

  • A certified academic record and a certified copy of your highest qualification obtained
  • An updated and detailed CV
  • Proof of work experience
  • The international equivalence of qualifications will be specified in the prospectus.

If you have a question, please email enquiries@online.uj.ac.za or phone 0800 233 723 (toll-free).

We recommend the following in order to successfully complete your 100% online degree:

Basic computer skills:

  • Ability to operate your computer and perform common tasks
    Email and file management (access, create, edit, save, upload and download documents)
  • Ability to use a word processing program to create and edit documents
  • Basic web-browsing skills


Computer requirements:

  • Laptop or PC
  • A high-speed internet connection (3G, 4G, LTE, ADSL or fibre)
  • E-book storage and reading
  • Study notes storage and reading (PDF, MS Office)
  • Video storage and playback
  • Video recording
  • Audio storage and playback
  • Audio recording
  • Web browsing
  • Document creation
  • Access to social networking

Module interruption and scheduled maintenance:
In the event of unexpected module interruption on the due date for an activity, the online facilitator will notify students of a new due date.

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Module & credits

Modules are undertaken over a seven-week period. The programme is split over two years and consists of compulsory modules and a minor dissertation.

Total Fees:  R2,350

Credits:  15

This module theoretically positions ICT in a changing educational landscape. We explore agile approaches to digital learning and identify prevalent and contemporary pedagogical approaches to ICT use in developed and developing educational contexts. We map the policy development process when ICT learning tools are introduced and identify the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders involved in the education sector. We contemplate current supportive educational policies while comparing various teacher professional development frameworks for ICT integration and digital learning in the form of reflective papers and policy briefs with the focus to advance digital learning, suitable for the 21st century.

Total Fees:  R2,350

Credits:  15

Policies are developed to guide relevant industries and ecosystems in terms of vision and strategy to regulate and bring about lasting change. These policies eventually manifest in the form of guidelines that can be implemented in schools and the wider education sector. This module draws on policy implementation strategies that drive educational reform that reflect contemporary and future practices in the 21st century. Learning and assessment tasks will focus on deepening knowledge of contextual educational policy and the development of authentic and appropriate policy implementation strategies and associated instruments for the monitoring, evaluating and mapping of progress in policy implementation.

Total Fees:  R2,350

Credits:  15

This module introduces learning ecosystems as theoretical and practical constructs, and relates the various dimensions of learning ecosystems to each other. It deepens theoretical and practical knowledge of the constructs of emerging technologies, open education systems and digital fluency. In this module, students learn how to contextualise current developments in ICT use for learning to their own learning ecosystems, while using a variety of digital tools to represent the development of their knowledge.

Total Fees:  R2,570

Credits:  15

The module explores the imperative of upscaling teaching innovations in contemporary African and other developing learning ecosystems by using open education resources aimed towards achieving digital fluency. In the module, students access international indicator databases and learn how to use empirical data to inform upscaling strategies for maximising ICT as an enabler of prosperity in the developing world. Students also learn to use a variety of ICT tools in demonstrating their learning.

Total Fees:  R2,350

Credits:  15

ICT is used widely in a variety of educational contexts and its use is growing exponentially worldwide. In this module, the aim is to deepen the pedagogical knowledge for sound ICT-supported learning designs that support critical thinking, innovation, problem-solving, research and evaluation skills to match the needs of a society in the 21st century. The affordances of ICT and how it can be used to transform teaching and learning practices is a key focus of the module. The theoretical underpinnings of the appropriate pedagogical use of ICT are identified in the module along with how these inform the design and development of ICT-mediated teaching and learning.

Total Fees:  R2,350

Credits:  15

This module situates teaching and learning in a learning design position that is deeply underpinned by authentic learning principles. This will enable teachers, curriculum designers, researchers, academics and other training professionals to make informed decisions in how they go about designing learning activities with ICT tools. There is a strong emphasis on learning how to use a selected variety of ICT tools that support authentic learning in various contexts.

Total Fees:  R2,570

Credits:  15

This module covers deep learning about assessment that is situated in 21st-century teaching and learning and includes acquiring advanced knowledge of contemporary assessment practices. In the module, the aim is to shift the measurement of educational outcomes to include 21st-century skills, to extend traditional assessments practices using new technologies that require new skill sets and to demanding pathways for assessment in future educational contexts. Students learn to balance technology-enhanced, formative and summative assessments to measure student learning of 21st-century skills that are situated within appropriate pedagogical contexts. The development of an e-portfolio will allow students to demonstrate their learning of 21st-century assessment.

Total Fees:  R2,390

Credits:  15

This module develops students’ competencies in developing authentic digital assessments using a variety of online and offline tools and services. Students develop assessment instruments or rubrics that may be helpful as digital assessment tools. Feedback is emphasised as an essential strategy for improving learning performance. In this module, students see how expanding their knowledge of different types of assessment not only increases the quality of course design but also benefits the overall design of the student learning experience, allowing multiple means to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. Students learn how to plan, develop, and manage student-centred assessment within a variety of contexts.

Total Fees:  R4,820

Credits:  15

Total Fees:  R4,820

Credits:  15

Total Fees:  R4,820

Credits:  15

Total Fees:  R4,820

Credits:  15

FEES FOR 2024

UJ Online programmes are designed to be affordable, saving time and money compared to other formats. Tuition fees are calculated per seven-week module. You can enrol in and pay for each consecutive session as your studies progress. Payment is accepted through the online student portal and must meet the payment deadline.

* Fees quoted are 2024. Fees are subject to an annual increase.

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Number of modules: 12

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Programme credits: 180

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Fees per programme credit: ± R214

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Total tuition fees: R38,560*

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