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Overview

The MA/MFA/MEd in Global Learning Futures is a progressive venture in interdisciplinary learning design and innovation. It will grow learning capacity for individuals and organisations to create transformational impact across interconnected social, cultural, environmental, technological, economic, business enterprise, entrepreneurial and educational contexts.

The course will develop skills that promote and enable innovation and enterprise opportunity in projects and organisations, by integrating the domains of teaching and learning, arts-based creative practice, project development and design thinking, organisational learning, business and enterprise, entrepreneurial practice, and creative project leadership, through applied practice-led research and development.

This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop and apply skills in designing, facilitating and leading interdisciplinary learning innovation projects
  • Develop reflexive learning capacity: skills in developing adaptability, agility and awareness through reflection, meta-cognition and modelling processes
  • Develop and apply knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary theories, principles and practices in learning.
  • Develop and apply research skills, through collaboration within a transdisciplinary learning ecosystem.
  • Capture and disseminate praxis in learning design and innovation through the authoring of interactive portfolios.

The philosophy of the course supports perpetual learners in developing perpetual learning organisations, for education (primary, secondary, tertiary), community and social-engaged projects, creative arts practitioners working in diverse social, cultural settings, and for business professionals and entrepreneurs.

You will develop and share expertise in transferring and leveraging knowledge and skills for different contexts, to create coherence and value with multidimensional impact, in order to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century. The course will be offered full-time, part-time or micro-credentialed module-by-module.

This course is available as an MA, MFA or an MEd. Please see below for breakdown of options:

MA

1-year course with a focus on researching, developing and implementing an interdisciplinary learning project or curriculum initiative with measurable impact within a project environment (e.g. Learning organisation, arts organisation, business enterprise and innovation, design-oriented organisation, social-engaged project context).

  • 6 modules = 180 Credits at Level 7

MEd

1-year course with a focus on researching, developing and implementing interdisciplinary learning projects or curriculum initiatives. The emphasis of initiatives and projects will centre on a predominantly educational context and the application of seminal and contemporary learning theories to project research and development.

  • 6 modules = 180 Credits at Level 7

MFA

2-year course with a focus on researching, developing and implementing interdisciplinary learning project or curriculum initiatives in year 1 that lead to a larger-scale embedded research project in year 2. The emphasis of the larger-scale research project will integrate several interdisciplinary contexts through practice and research, applying a range of seminal and contemporary theories to project research and development from a number of relevant disciplinary domains (such as creative arts, design, innovation, business, science and technology).

  • 8 modules = 360 Credits at Level 7

All qualification outcomes involve the same 6 or 8 modules.
The nature of the work for each student will emanate from the context of their practice-based research.

The course can be studied Full Time (1 or 2 years), Part Time (2 or 4 years), or micro-credentialled, with a maximum limit of 8 years.

All modules can be taken individually on a micro-credentialled basis. 

What makes this course different

Industry 4.0

Future-learning Focus

Learning 4.0 for Industry 4.0. This course represents a cutting-edge, radical innovation in learning, which foregrounds skills in demand across diverse professional contexts, and which views reflexive learning as the agent of change: a value-making, coherence-making opportunity for the future of industry 4.0.

Learning Ecosystem

Learning Ecosystem

The course has international reach and will be delivered in multiple locations, incorporating different professional contexts, and different disciplinary and interdisciplinary specialisms. It will exploit the connective opportunity of digital technologies to model the concept of learning ecosystem: distributed expertise for distributed learners.

Professionally Embedded Projects and Innovation Initiatives

Professionally Embedded Projects and Innovation Initiatives

Projects and initiatives are the main mode of learning. These will operate as social, collaborative and interactive contexts for the integrated development of the applied skills, critical analysis, reflexive skills, interdisciplinary practice, research skills, knowledge, and theoretical understanding.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Knowledge, thinking skills, practical skills and skills for life and work are developed across modules through live project work that integrates disciplinary skills, collaboration, and the application of learning design and innovation practice in professional contexts. 

Each module's assessment framework is further structured with a focus on social, collaborative, and experiential interdisciplinary learning consisting of: Cross-disciplinary Competences, Project proposal, implementation and leadership, Model Reflexive Praxis, Contextual awareness and understanding, Presentation of findings: e.g. workshop, masterclasses, keynote and many more.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Learning Futures

    Social, Experiential and Collaborative Learning in the 21st Century, applied in diverse contexts with global scope.

    • To enable you to develop an advanced understanding of emerging learning theories, principles, and practices, establishing in response to a changing industrial and professional landscape, within the context of established paradigms for education and professional learning.
    • To enable you to evaluate cross-disciplinary competences and transversal skills applied in professional contexts.
    • To enable you to develop reflexive capability in the development of applied skills, understanding and knowledge.
    • To enable you to collate and present research findings and critical reflection dynamically as part of an interactive portfolio
    • To develop your skills in critical review and evaluation through applied analysis in professional contexts
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    Innovation, Agency and Impact

    Initiating, Facilitating, and Capturing and Measuring the Impact of Agentive Change and Innovation

    • To enable you to develop an advanced understanding of key theories of innovation and agency
    • To enable you to develop an advanced understanding of models, processes and frameworks for initiating and facilitating agentive change and innovation
    • To enable you to develop an advanced understanding of modes of collaboration that support innovation practice
    • To enable you to plan and implement a learning innovation initiative
    • To enable you to develop reflexive capacity in evaluating their response to change
    • To enable you to conduct an evaluative case study of innovation practice within their professional context
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    Future Tools: Technology as Collaborator

    Developing and applying technologies to innovate, narrate, capture and disseminate interdisciplinary praxis and its impact.

    • To enable you to develop and apply techniques using digital tools and technologies to support, curate and narrate learning praxis
    • To enable you to develop reflexive capability in the development of applied skills, understanding and knowledge.
    • To enable you to develop critical evaluation skills applied to transdisciplinary contexts for technological development, and its impact for future learning.
    • To enable you to collate, present and narrate their learning praxis and critical reflection dynamically as part of an interactive portfolio
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    Creativity and Design: Principles and Practices

    Models, methods and modes for creativity and design in learning (interdisciplinary praxis, curriculum and impact)

    • To enable you to develop advanced understanding of models for collaborative creativity and design across multiple disciplinary domains
    • To enable you to design, implement and evaluate a learning innovation project within their professional context which integrates disciplinary and transdisciplinary skills and models for creativity and design.
    • To enable you to develop reflexive capability in the transfer of existing and newly acquired skills between domains of disciplinary expertise
    • To enable you to develop an understanding of interaction design as a learning process
    • To enable you to develop critical evaluation skills applied to transdisciplinary contexts for learning design and innovation projects
    • To enable you to collate, present and narrate their learning praxis and critical reflection dynamically as part of an interactive portfolio
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    Project Design, Implementation and Leadership

    Techniques and models to establish and manage applied interdisciplinary projects

    • To enable you to design, propose, implement, facilitate and lead a collaborative learning design and innovation project within your professional context
    • To enable you to develop reflexive capability in the transfer of existing and newly acquired skills between domains of disciplinary expertise
    • To develop your understanding and critical awareness of the distribution of expertise, organisational climate and culture of the context of your learning design and innovation projects.
    • To enable you to establish and critically evaluate interactive models for narrating project: implementation, leadership and outcomes
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    Interdisciplinary Intersections

    Developing Cross-Disciplinary Coherence

    • To enable you to develop advanced understanding of interdisciplinary learning methodologies through research and applied practice
    • To enable you to design and evaluate a methodological framework for interdisciplinary interaction
    • To enable you to develop and evaluate opportunities for progression within interdisciplinary learning frameworks
    • To enable you to develop reflexive capability in the transfer and leveraging of existing and newly acquired skills between domains of disciplinary expertise
    • To model interdisciplinary collaboration across networks of practice and through the development of artefacts that contribute to a shared stock of meanings and concepts
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    Research Praxis

    Applied Praxis and Research Methodologies – Distributed Expertise: Distributed Learning

    • To enable you to develop advanced understanding and critical awareness of seminal and emergent theories and practices, relative to the specific context of their learning innovation research
    • To enable you to develop and apply effective research methodologies: propose, implement, and evaluate impact applying quantitative and qualitive approaches as appropriate
    • To enable you to develop reflexive capability by evaluating you sphere of influence and impact, collaboration and research skills
    • To enable you to develop and apply understanding and critical awareness of the distribution of expertise, organisational climate and culture of the context of their learning design and innovation projects at different levels of impact scale.
    • To enable you to present research finding in a digital interactive research repository
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    Meta-Praxis

    Context and Student-specific live applied project

    • To enable and facilitate you in designing, implementing, facilitating and leading a learning design and innovation project in your professional context.
    • To enable you to develop and apply coherent frameworks for reflexive interdisciplinary learning
    • To enable you to model transversal skills development and reflexive practice within a learning design and innovation project in your professional context.
    • To enable you to conduct and present an evaluative case study, in the form of an interactive portfolio and presentation of Praxis

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Online Learning
Online access will provide access to interactive materials and content, such as lectures, seminars, forum discussions, clinics, tutorials, and collaborative learning projects.

Blended Learning
Modules featuring blended learning will combine online access to materials and content, with masterclasses, keynote presentation, and face-to-face delivery.

Contact-based in-context delivery
Research Praxis and Meta-Praxis modules will feature larger-scale Learning Design and Innovation Projects, situated in students' professional contexts. As such, project supervision and support will be delivered face-to-face, local to the location of a student's professional context, by arrangement.

Teaching and Learning Activities

  • Formal and interactive lectures
  • Interactive seminar discussions and masterclasses
  • Individual and group clinics
  • Individual tutorials and independent learning
  • Analysis of practical and theoretical issues
  • Project sessions
  • Research seminars
  • Project supervision
  • Projects and Initiatives in Professional Context

Embedded Projects and Initiatives
Learning Design and Innovation Projects and Initiatives will be the main mode of learning and development, in which a student's professional context will support practice-led research and inquiry.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

Students will be assessed through the development and delivery of live projects, applied in their professional context. Project development, outcomes and impact will be captured and disseminated and assessed by:

  • Interactive Portfolios
  • Literature Review
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Research and Development Repositories
  • Presentation, workshops, and seminars
  • Reflective Journals
  • Collaborative practice-led research engagement

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

WHAT WE'RE RESEARCHING

Michael Bunce is Subject Leader for Performing Arts, Learning and Teaching Champion, and Course Leader of the Masters in Global Learning Futures at the University of East London.

He is engaged in practice and research as a teacher and curriculum innovator, educational technology developer, composer and music producer, and interdisciplinary arts practitioner.

Andrew Ravenscroft has a leading international profile in Technology Enhanced Learning and Inclusive Education, through publishing 151 articles, being an active member of international and national committees and working groups and being a principal or co-investigator on a broad portfolio of projects in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) over the past 25 years (funded by various national and international agencies), that have attracted over £6.4 million in total.

Andrew is currently active in many cross-disciplinary initiatives at the interface of creative digital  media, critical discourse and performance-based learning.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

The programme is specifically focused on developing employment, progression and development opportunities for practitioners currently embedded in a professional context, or for graduates seeking to enhance their skills and capabilities in the development of learning opportunity for individuals and organisations.

For example:

  • Existing teaching and learning professionals (with PGCE / CertEd qualifications) seeking to extend their individual professional role in educational leadership and innovation.
  • Business and education leaders seeking to develop capacity in their organisational context for future learning: social, experiential, collaborative interdisciplinary learning.
  • Arts practitioners involved in workshop or creative project delivery in a social or civically engaged context, seeking to develop and apply project development methods, and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Self-employed arts, education, business practitioners or entrepreneurs seeking to develop deeper learning capacity, in creativity, design and innovation projects, with interdisciplinary scope.
  • Business leaders wishing to extend the learning capacity and capability base of their organisation through creativity, design and innovation in interdisciplinary organisational learning.

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