MA Global Learning Futures
The MA/MFA 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.
Students will develop and apply integrated knowledge and skills through reflexive interdisciplinary praxis, to create learning capacity both for themselves and for the individuals and organisations with which they collaborate.
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.
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.
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. As a contributing member of this network, you will collaborate remotely with others, as well as locally with colleagues in your professional contexts. In this way, the course will act as a facilitator of knowledge exchange through applied interdisciplinary practice, featuring online, blended, and in-context modes of learning collaboration. The course culminates in an annual Global Learning Futures Conference.
Professionally Embedded Projects and Innovation Initiatives
Learning Design and Innovation Projects and Initiatives are the main mode of learning and development, in which a student’s professional context will support practice-led research inquiry and development.
Projects and initiatives 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.
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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 according to the following categories, with a focus on social, collaborative, and experiential interdisciplinary learning:
Skills and Techniques
- Cross-disciplinary Competences
- Planning and Design of Learning Initiatives and Projects
- Creativity and design models and practices
- Leadership and facilitation
- Digital skills: design and presentation, web-authoring, interaction design
- Research skills
- Critical analysis and evaluation
- Leveraging skills for different contexts
- Applied leadership and facilitation
- Interdisciplinary learning progression development
- Project proposal, implementation and leadership
- Applied theory through practice (Praxis)
- Critical analysis and evaluation in context
- Developing adaptive capacity and agility in learning
- Developing adaptive capacity in response to change
- Develop awareness through reflection and meta-cognitive processes
- Develop capacity and expertise in skills transfer
- Develop awareness of personal sphere of influence and impact in collaborative contexts
- Model Reflexive Praxis
- Contextual awareness and understanding
- Modes of collaboration
- Impact of Technology
- Transdisciplinary skills, principles and practice
- Distributed Expertise
- Leveraging skills across disciplinary domains
- Transdisciplinary research
- Model transdisciplinary skills development
Research & Contextualisation
- Critically review seminal and emergent theories, principles, paradigms and practices
- Develop a rationale for change and innovation
- Critically review the development and impact of technology
- Critically review processes and methods for creativity and design
- Critically review organisational climate and culture
- Conduct a case-study
Capture and Dissemination
- Collate and present research findings and critical reflection dynamically, as part of an interactive portfolio
- Model interdisciplinary practice
- Interaction Design
- Digital Storytelling and project narration
- Interactive research repository
- Presentation of findings: e.g. workshop, masterclasses, keynote
What you'll study and when
- Learning Futures
Social, experiential and collaborative learning in the 21st Century, applied in diverse contexts with global scope.
- Innovation, Agency and Impact
Capturing and measuring the Initiation, Facilitation, and Impact of agentive change and innovation
- Future Tools: Technology as Collaborator
Developing and applying technologies to innovate, narrate, capture and disseminate the impact of interdisciplinary praxis.
- Creativity and Design: Principles and Practices
Models, methods and modes for creativity and design in learning (interdisciplinary praxis, curriculum and impact)
- Project Design, Implementation and Leadership
Techniques and models to establish and manage applied interdisciplinary projects
- Interdisciplinary Intersections
Developing cross-disciplinary coherence
- Research Praxis
Applied praxis and research methodologies
Context-specific live applied project
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
How you'll learn
Some modules will be delivered online. Online access will provide access to interactive materials and content, such as lectures, seminars, forum discussions, clinics, tutorials, as well as collaborative learning projects.
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 student’s professional contexts. As such, project supervision and support (including masterclasses, development sessions and clinics, site visits) will be delivered face-to-face, local to the location of a students’ professional context, by arrangement. In some cases, this will include on-campus delivery at UEL, London. Contact-based delivery will also continue to include online support and content.
Teaching and Learning Activities
- Formal and interactive lectures (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
- Interactive seminar discussions and masterclasses (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
- Individual and group clinics (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
- Individual tutorials and independent learning (thinking skills and knowledge
- Analysis of practical and theoretical issues (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
- Project sessions (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
- Research seminars (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
- Project supervision (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
- Projects and Initiatives in Professional Context (praxis, thinking skills and knowledge)
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 inquiry. Projects and initiatives will therefore operate as a social, collaborative and interactive context for the development of the practice-based skills, critical analysis, research skills, knowledge, and theoretical understanding relevant to each module.
Learning Design and Innovation initiatives are smaller scale practice-led research inquiries existing in the first Stage of the programme:
- Stage 1 Portfolio derived from work in Learning Futures, Innovation, Agency and Impact, and Future Tools: Technology as Collaborator modules.
Learning Design and Innovation Projects are larger scale practice-led research inquires existing the second and third stages of the programme:
- Stage 2 Portfolio derived from work in Creativity and Design: Principles and Practices, Project Design, Implementation and Leadership, and Interdisciplinary Intersections modules.
Your future career
The contexts for professional practice will be diverse. The philosophy of the programme supports perpetual learners in developing perpetual learning organisations, in education (primary, secondary, tertiary), community and social-engaged projects, for creative arts practitioners working in diverse social and cultural settings, and for business professionals and entrepreneurs.
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.
- Existing teaching and learning professionals (with PGCE / CertEd quals) 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.
Additionally, the programme will scaffold larger scale organisational projects to develop capacity in learning organisations to meet the challenges of the future market and employment landscape, as part of applied interdisciplinary learning projects across multiple organisations.