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Master of Arts in E-Learning Design and Development

Course Code: CR_HELDE_9 Delivery: Full-time, Online Fees €5,250 Duration:  2 Semesters (Jan-Sept) 
Application Closing Date: Friday December 8th, 2017 (for February 2018 commencement) 2017 Timetable and Schedule Software Orientation Videos Hosting Academic Department: Media Communications

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The programme seeks to produce developers of cutting edge, educationally effective e-learning solutions. Our graduates, subsequently, will go on to work as designers and developers either directly as part of the burgeoning e-learning sector or in support of in-house e-learning and learning technology departments which are becoming mainstream in a number of other areas and industries.

The programme is a Master of Arts and, as such, reflects a special orientation towards, variously, creativity, culture and design, rather than technology per se.

The programme is delivered entirely online using many of the same e-learning tools and technologies which also form the course curriculum. All registered students are also, uniquely, given access to a virtualised desktop which provides all their multimedia software and remote storage requirements for the duration of the course. This means the programme may appeal to those who, for whatever reasons, cannot commit to attending regular face-to-face lectures and labs or who simply find the flexibility and convenience of studying at a distance attractive.


Course co-ordinator Dr Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin talks about e-learning and the CIT MA in E-learning Design and Development on a recent episode of the “ByteSize” tech podcast. Click here to listen to the episode. 


Admission Requirements:
Direct entrants to this 60 credit award would typically require a Level 8 qualification in fields such as multimedia, digital media, media applications or a relevant area of design. Applicants without such qualifications will also be considered if they can evidence an equivalent level of learning gained through practice or any other means. Applicants without the appropriate certified or practice-based learning may wish to consider undertaking a single semester online Certificate in Digital Media Design and Development.

In all cases final admission to the course will be on the basis of interview.

If you are interested in making an application for the programme but are not sure if your qualifications are sufficient please make contact with the course co-ordinator or head of department.


The course modules are listed below. For detailed module information please click here.

Semester 1: Semester 2:
Module Design E-Learning Thesis
Education Research and Proposal E-Learning project
New Media Workplace  
Narrative and Games for Learning  
E-Learning Authoring  



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