MTEL Organisation: Flexible, Part-Time Studies
Upon fulfilling the requirements of the Management of Technology Enhanced Learning (MTEL) programme, you will receive a Masters of Arts (MA) from the University of Oldenburg – and the prerequisite theoretical and practical foundation for management and leadership in TEL.
The MTEL master’s programme is organized into required and elective components. Six course modules are required for the master’s, and six course modules are elective, allowing you freedom of choice in deciding upon your area of professional focus. Two prerequisite, required courses will serve as the starting point for the programme: mtl100 Principles, Theory, and Practice of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and mtl105 Practitioner Research in TEL. The first course establishes theoretical foundations in the disciplinary history, theory, and principles of ODL and TEL, while the second ensures a strong basis in research theory and practice. Skills and competencies gained in these two courses will serve as a basis for further development in all later courses within the programme.
Course modules are organised according to specific leadership and management themes. Other than the two prerequisite courses, you have the choice in deciding your learning path through the MTEL programme, as well as the number of courses you take each semester.
The MTEL programme is a fully online graduate program, with instruction and learning occurring entirely within the framework of C3L’s C3LLO system. Each online course last 15 weeks and contains the components: content theme presentation, discussion questions, and tasks/exercises.
Course components are aligned with the content themes defined for each course module. The MTEL is a fully online programme, with all classes delivered using C3LLO, C3L’s learning management system (LMS), which serves as the primary conduit for you to collaborate with your peers and the instructional team. Given the subject matter, MTEL courses frequently and extensively employ a variety of technologies in order to broaden your knowledge and exposure to technology trends and developments.
MTEL course design places a strong emphasis on allowing for and promoting learner agency and decision-making by nurturing an environment of exploration, creation, collaboration, connection, sharing, networking, and reflection. Examples include researching topics and themes related to your discipline and/or interest, collaborating with other students in conducting research or carrying out a learning activity in your area of interest, and developing connections and networks with professionals who conduct research/work in your discipline or related field.
The MTEL programme gives you the flexibility to define your learning journey: you define which course modules you will take, how many you take each semester, and when you take them. The following plan is an example for how you could complete the MTEL master’s in five semesters.
A Learning Network of Mentors, Instructors, and Students
C3L’s online learning environment, C3LLO, allows you to connect and interact with the instructional team and fellow classmates, providing opportunities for you to share your experiences and learn from those of others, while further building your professional network.
Use of Open Educational Resources
Course materials primarily consist of open educational resources (OER) that are readily available on the internet. The MTEL programme’s close affiliation with Oldenburg University’s international Center for Open Education Research (COER) helps ensure that the latest in ODL and TEL research is integrated into course modules.
Skill Building Activities for Moving from Theory to Practice
Course-specific learning activities, or skill builders, support you in developing higher education management skills and competences relevant to your professional practice. Learning activities resemble real-world contexts, making it possible for you to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills in practical and authentic situations. Scenarios are drawn from different settings, drawing on your professional experience and allowing you to personalise your learning experience.
Assessment of Learning Using Student Portfolios
At the end of each course module, you will submit a portfolio for assessment, which demonstrates the competences and skills you have acquired through course learning activities. Portfolios are not only an instrument of assessment, but as they showcase acquired competences and skills – they can serve as a passport of professionalism in the field of TEL.
Personal Consulting and Support
The MTEL programme director is your first point of contact, giving you individual support through all phases of your learning journey, from applying to the programme and registering for course modules to submitting your master’s thesis and applying for graduation. Our instructional teams are readily available throughout the semester to offer guidance in completing your coursework, and the C3LLO team provides ongoing technical support over chat, e-mail, and telephone.
Connecting and Interacting Over the C3LLO Learning Environment
You will have access to the learning environment and course materials two weeks before the course begin date, thus allowing you to organise for the semester before class starts. C3LLO supports a variety of tools for synchronous and asynchronous dialogue and online collaboration.
As a working professional, you bring with you not only a bachelor’s degree, but also practical experience in the field. You may have also completed certificates, training, and other forms of education. Through our prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) programme, you have the possibility to apply this prior learning toward your MTEL degree. This prior learning may include:
- Competences acquired in your professional practice
- Academic credits or degrees (if these exceed the level required for your application to MTEL, for example, related certificates or degrees)
- Competences acquired through training and other forms of continuing education
To receive credit for your prior learning, you will need to demonstrate equivalency with the learning outcomes of the MTEL programme or course modules. Applying prior learning credit to your MTEL degree ensure that it is not necessary for you to complete courses in areas in which you already have expertise – and allows you to shorten your time in the master’s programme by studying fewer modules. You can apply for PLAR credit at any time: before, during, or even after applying for placement in the MTEL programme.