Sociotechnical Learning Environments, Short Course | Part time online | University of Birmingham online | United Kingdom
2 months
850 GBP/full
850 GBP/full
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Make your mark in online education with this Sociotechnical Learning Environments short course from the University of Birmingham online.

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This 8-week Sociotechnical Learning Environments short course from the University of Birmingham online looks at how technology influences society and conversely how society influences technology, applying these pespectives in learning environments helps us to understand technology in use and its impact on learning.

Throughout the course, students will consider how the introduction of technology into learning environments impacts upon the very idea of education. You will analyse learning environments from the perspective of connecting the social, physical and digital in networks of the human and non-human to challenge perspectives of online and offline learning.

Using classic and contemporary philosophies of technology and education, students will critically engage in questioning why technologies are used and the actors involved in design, implementation and use.

Why study Sociotechnical Learning Environments at Birmingham?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine empirical and theoretical research literature on the affordances of technology in learning and teaching environments.
  • Identify key learning environments in your own context and explore how the physical, social and digital environment connect.
  • Evaluate ethical and equality issues involved with adoption of technology in networked learning environments.

Programme Structure

  • Our Design for Learning Environments Postgraduate Micro-credential short courses will allow you to focus on specific areas in order for you to develop your career in the way that you want to.
  • Each course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to design programmes of learning which will meet the needs of a wide range of learners and organisations in an expanding field.
  • We have taken an innovative interdisciplinary approach with our Design for Learning Environments courses, incorporating aspects of design, technology, education, the social sciences, data science and digital development to provide you with a rich diversity of perspectives.
  • You will work with academics, active practitioners and designers of learning environments from the fields of education, computer science, theoretical physics and engineering - each bringing their own unique disciplinary perspectives to instructional design.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 2 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be eligible for the Sociotechnical Learning Environments Postgraduate Micro-credential short course, you will need to possess (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or equivalent from a UK university or recognised international institution.
  • You may also be eligible to apply with a lower second class degree plus 2 years’ work experience in design, computing or education, or no degree plus 5 or more years’ work experience in the above areas.
  •  If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate. We accept up to date Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.0, and no less than 5.5 in any band.

Tuition Fee

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    850 GBP/full
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    850 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 850 GBP for the full programme during 2 months.


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