Course info

Course Overview

This MOOC ran on Emma in 2014. 
Digital technologies provide ways for learners to interact, communicate and collaborate.

Virtual worlds and games enable authentic learning and role play. Mobile devices mean that learning anywhere, anytime is now a reality. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) provides a broad overview of digital technologies and how they can be used to facilitate different pedagogical approaches.

You will need 3-4 hours per week to work your way through the course.

You can use the additional readings and resources within some units to expand upon the topic if you find it especially interesting or pertinent to your needs. Throughout this course, peer-support will be crucial. Please participate and comment on the work of other students.

Let others know that you are there! Two main tools will be used for communication:

  1. The CONVERSATION section at the bottom of each page, where you can post comments and reply to others
  2. Blogs, which are available within the EMMA platform and will be used to document your learning

If you are on Twitter, please use the hashtag #telmooc to communicate with other participants.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, successful participants will have:

  1. Evaluated a range of technologies and discussed their implications for learning
  3. Demonstrated skills in searching for, critical analysis of and collation of academic resources    
  5. Critiqued the use of technologies in a variety of learning contexts    
  7. Reflected on the wider issues surrounding the use of technology in learning and teaching    


This MOOC is intended to give learners a broad overview of technologies, their associated affordances/characteristics and the ways in which they can be used across different learning contexts. Participants will learn about a range of technologies, experiment with them and critique their relevance to practice. The course will investigate issues surrounding different technologies, such as privacy and copyrights. Digital literacies, inclusion and the future of technology-enhanced learning will also be addressed.


University of Leicester

Teachers are provided by the University of Leicester's Institute of Learning Innovation. All teachers have extensive experience in the design and use of technology-enhanced learning.


Paul Rudman

Dr Paul Rudman is an independent researcher and e-learning consultant, with particular interest in virtual and augmented reality.


Brenda Padilla

Brenda Cecilia Padilla Rodriguez (Brenda Padilla, for short) is a post-doc researcher and an e-learning consultant. She is particularly interested in online interactions and course effectiveness.