MEd in Technology Studies Education (DLC1)

Digital Learning and Curriculum

One of the most active topics of research at the moment, Digital Learning and Curriculum (DLC) is spurred by the recent realization that, when it comes to technology, disciplinary (or content) knowledge of effective teachers is more a matter of understanding deep associations among familiar concepts than it is about taking more advanced courses in technology.

In a sense, this Master’s program is focused on developing better understandings of what teachers already know – seeking to enhance teachers’ knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) not by studying more about computer hardware or software individually, but by unpacking concepts collaboratively (e.g., identifying and elaborating metaphors, analogies, applications, exemplars, gestures, and other experiences that contribute to the ‘life’ of an idea).

DLC is thus designed for those teachers who are seeking to enhance professional practice by developing their educational technology knowledge through collaborative study.

Why the Cohort Approach?

This program supports genuine participation in a vibrant area of face-to-face, hybrid (blended), and online distance education inquiry. Bringing together recent developments in education, digital media, culture, teaching and learning, and curriculum studies, the program’s cohort structure (in which participants attend core courses together in a central location) will enable a collective process of developing new insights into digital learning and curriculum development. This approach affords each participant the opportunity to focus on topics of personal interest in digital ICT literacies and using educational technologies while contributing to others’ understandings and insights.


The 30-credit program is offered part-time over a two-year period, with scheduling designed to accommodate the needs of practicing teachers and educators. All courses will be offered in the Vancouver area or at the UBC Point Grey campus with some online sessions.

July 2010* Virtual Education: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Distance Education
July 2010* Interactive Whiteboards and Active Learning
September 2010 Curriculum Issues in Cultural and New Media Studies
January 2011 Elective
July 2011** Research Methodology in Education
July 2011** Contemporary Issues in ICT and Social Media
September 2011 Introduction to Curriculum Issues and Theories
January 2012 Digital Media in ICT Education: Ethical Uses
May 2012 Elective
May 2012 Culminating Research and Graduating Project

* DLC Summer Institute 1

** DLC Summer Institute 2

All students must meet the requirements for this program, which include:

  • Normally two years’ teaching experience or other relevant professional experience.
  • A completed 4-year undergraduate degree with an average of at least 76% on all senior-level credits.
  • A 600-word statement of intent clearly outlining your experiences and interests in educational technologies, ICT teaching, and digital learning and curriculum research.
  • Statements of support from three referees who can speak to your engagement with ICT and teaching, including, whenever possible, professors familiar with your academic work.
  • Resumé.

Program fees will be paid in seven (7) installments, payable in July, September, and May of each year. For current information on tuition and student fees, please log in to the Student Service Centre.

To find out what it costs to take one of our graduate programs, please refer to the list of programs accepting applications.