The MA in Education (Creative Technology Innovation) provides graduates with an understanding of the SMARTlab method for ethical and socially engaged transformative models of trans-disciplinary teaching and learning. It will examine and discuss the history and development of Interactive Digital Media, as well as providing students with an understanding of the processes involved in the development of Interactive Digital Media in Practice, and in using and inventing Creative Technology Innovation (CTI) tools.
It will encourage the development of critical analytical skills to demonstrate understanding of current influences and ideas, or aspects of the creative process, in the area of the dissertation topic; skills to write an appropriate project specification for an advanced Interactive Digital Media project; and to organise and critically assess the execution of such a project.
The programme will allow students to demonstrate the ability to reach well founded conclusions from critical analysis and research investigations; to use existing Interactive Digital Media and CTI tools to present a coherent argument; and to demonstrate the connection between influences and ideas in the development of original and creative interactive digital media piece(s).
The course should appeal equally to teachers wishing to enhance their experience and skills with additional qualifications and knowledge of emergent teaching models using new media and ‘smart-technology’ solutions, and student practitioners from the fields of the Arts, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Open Innovation and Participatory Arts: anyone wishing to further enhance and recontextualise their talents and skills, for direct application in schools and lifelong learning domains in industry and the not-for-profit and university sectors.
The SMARTlab method is a core component of the teaching: supporting innovations in teaching and learning through socially engaged and ethical projects created by transdisciplinary teams engaged in deliberate social and educational transformation.
Learning is facilitated through lectures, seminars, workshops and project work, across a variety of potential modes such as block, distance and student self-directed. A high level of tutor–student and peer-to-peer support provides an environment of shared experience, such as that already found in SMARTlab’s doctoral programme.
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SMARTlab, UCD, School of Education, Roebuck Ofﬁces, Belﬁeld, Dublin 4, Ireland