30th May 2001
Computers are revolutionising the way pupils learn in school – and teachers can get left behind by the pace of change.
But a unique masters course run at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside in Hull gives teachers new IT skills and the ability to apply them in the classroom.
The MSc in Information Learning Technologies has been run at the Cottingham Road campus since September 1997 and features subjects such as networks, web sites, html, desktop software and computer-aided learning in a school or college context.
The masters is believed to be the only course of its kind in the UK – and as a result teachers come from all over Britain to Hull to study.
“As far as we know this course is unique in the UK,” said course leader Amanda Bird. “It’s extremely relevant to what teachers do in the classroom, and it’s really making things happen in the schools where our students work. They’re becoming expert staff members and they’re getting promotions and extra responsibilities as a result.”
Geography teacher John Harrison started the MSc last year and has since earned a promotion partly as a result of his new skills.
“The course has been very useful,” said Mr Harrison, who will be moving in September from Boston Grammar School to a new job as head of department at the King’s School in Peterborough. “It’s one of the things they talked about a lot at my interview. When you’re looking for a new job the emphasis is always on IT skills and applying them in the classroom.
“The course is very practical, and I can see how a lot of it can be linked in with my teaching. It’s been well worth it but hard work because of the travelling.”
“This course fills a need, but you have to be very motivated and very keen to complete it,” says Amanda Bird. “However, the value for the individual and the trickle-down effect for the school are tremendous.”
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