Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology

We live in days when we cannot ignore the effects of technology on education. Technology has and changes the way teachers teach and students learn. For some educators who may wish to use technology in their teaching, the challenge is how does one best use the available technologies? What of the skills to use the technology? In some cases students are more conversant with technology than their teachers. "Most questions about Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education have shifted from how to use technologies to understanding how to teach and learn with technologies. While there is an increasing recognition of the role of ICT in transforming both the teaching and learning practices, the lack of pedagogical knowledge among educators and practitioners is the foremost reason why emerging technologies remain unexplored in education or under utilised. 

The other challenge is the inadequate theorisation of the phenomenon of teaching with ICT as opposed to teaching ICT. This is particularly pronounced in the education systems in developing nations where much focus of ICT in education has tended to emphasise technologies that institutions provide (e.g. computers) which student do not often personally own. Thus, this postgraduate programme, jointly offered by the School of Education and the Centre for Educational Technology, and facilitated by some the leading experts in the field is one of the programmes of its kind in Africa aimed at addressing the said educational conundrum" (University Of Cape Town, 2016).

The University of Cape Town through the School of Education offers a 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology which could be useful to educators wishing to gain knowledge and skills in the use of educational technology. The primary objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology as outlined on the website is to provide potential and practicing educators, corporate trainers, and anyone responsible to e-Learning with an opportunity to understand the effects that any use of emerging technologies have on the practice of learning, and how pedagogies need to be aligned to ensure positive learning outcomes. Thus, the programme responds to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century education in developing nations through the lens of global trends.  

The programme comprises four courses, each of which must be completed.
  • Emerging Technologies in Education
  • Learning Teaching & Emerging Technologies
  • Online Learning Design
  • Research & Evaluation of Emerging Technologies
These courses are offered in block release mode i.e. pre-contact online activities, 1-week contact sessions, and post-contact independent tasks. 

2016  Dates

DateCourse Description
8 - 13 February
EDN4500W: Emerging Technologies in Education
4 - 9 AprilEDN4503W: Learning Teaching & Emerging Technologies
13 - 18 JuneEDN4501W: Online Learning Design
22 - 27 AugustEDN4502W: Research & Evaluation of Emerging Technologies
For detailed descriptions, please see the Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate Studies handbook, pages 172-173.


Competitive scholarships, courtesy of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) through generous support of the Carnegie and Mellon foundations, are available to students who are citizens of an African nation (Terms & Conditions apply). Please contact Ms Wilma Adams (email: for application forms/procedure.
(PLEASE note that you apply to UCT and for the Carnegie/Mellon Scholarship separately. The Scholarship is a departmental initiative and is dependent on UCT admission granting us your application qualification.

Application Procedure

To make a formal application you need to complete the UCT application for postgraduate admission on or before the 31 October. Please follow the links below and complete the forms with the greatest care to detail.

Please find online application information and links below:

For any queries with your online application, please contact the Admissions Office on (021) 650 2128 or one of the staff members will be able to talk you through the process.

Other links:

When you have completed these forms, and submitted the forms with supporting documents online, please ensure that hard-copies of your certified qualifications are timeously submitted to the Admissions Office as they need to conduct thorough verification of qualification procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office  (021) 650 2128 or timeously should you experience any problems with your application procedure.

Please ensure that your formal application to the postgraduate programme at UCT is as complete, clear and unambiguous as possible as your application will be judged on this to determine if it is added to the short-list or not. Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete a pre-admission task and contacted for Skype interviews in November 2015. The grading committee will make recommendations to the postgraduate office who will notify applicants regarding the outcome of their application.  

Closing Date: 31 October 2016

Please consult the Stream Leader Associate Prof Dick Ng'ambi for any queries relating to these programmes.
School of Education
Tel: +27(0)21 650 4760

Admission queries:

Mr Msakha Mona

Humanities: Postgraduate Office
Tel: +27(0)21 650 2462
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 5751

All the best! 

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