Empowering Learners through Digital Technology

ECTS Value: 5 ECTS

Contact Hours: 25

Self Study Hours: 60

Assessment Hours: 40


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module will provide educators with a range of methods of tools to identify learners’ needs and use technology in a manner which enhances the learning experience. By the end of the module, the educator will be able to design opportunities for learners to reflect on their own learning, to speak and give evidence of their learning through the support of digital technologies. 

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Implement the use of digital technologies to address learners’ diverse learning needs, by allowing learners to advance at different levels and speeds, and to follow individual learning pathways and objectives;
b. Manage the use of digital technologies to foster learners’ active and creative engagement with a subject matter;
c. Implement digital technologies within pedagogic strategies that foster learners’ transversal skills, deep thinking and creative expression.


a. Consider and respond to learners’ (digital) expectations, abilities, uses and misconceptions, as well as contextual, physical or cognitive constraints to their use of digital technologies;
b. Reflect on the different learning pathways, levels and speeds when designing, selecting and implementing digital learning activities;
c. Appreciate the use of digital technologies that allow learners to actively engage with the subject matter at hand, such as through the use of manipulating virtual objects, and varying the problem setup to enquire about its structure, to mention a couple of examples.


a. Effectively design activities and resources to empower learners the need to create their own;
b. Use a variety of learning activities and resources to empower learners by creating opportunities to reflect on their own learning and bridge gaps;
c. Assess learning activities and resources, for all learners, including those with special needs;
d. Evaluate real-world contexts, involving learners in hands-on activities that increase the learners’ active involvement in engaging with the subject matter at hand.

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List

1. Mills, M. (Ed.) (2017) Empowering Learners with Mobile Open-Access Learning Initiatives. Pennsylvania: IGI Global
2. Church, A. (2017) Empowering Learners: That’s What’s It All About! Knowledge Quest, vol. 45, no. 4. (Accessed 12/11/2020)
3. Ranieri, M. and Bruni, I. (2013) Empowering Creativity in Young People through Mobile Learning: An Investigation of Creative Practices of Mobile Media Uses in and out of School. Berlin: ResearchGate GmBH
4. Passey, D., Bottino, R., Lewin, C. and Sanchez, E. (Eds) (2018) Empowering Learners for Life in the Digital Age. Linz: SpringerLink

Supplementary Reading List

1. Broom, C. (2015) Empowering students: Pedagogy that benefits educators and learners. Citizenship, Social and Economics Education, 14(2), 79–86.
2. Alehegn Sewagegn, A. and Diale, B. M. (2019) Empowering Learners Using Active Learning in Higher Education Institutions. London: Intech Open Ltd.
3. Sullivan, A. M. (2002) The Nature of Student Empowerment. Curtin University of Technology Australia.
4. Butcher, N. (2015) A Basic Guide to OER. (Accessed 04/09/2020)
5. Khosrow-Pour, M. Eds. (2013) Empowering Students to be Scientifically Literate through Digital Literacy. Pennsylvania: IGI Global
6. Brito, S. M. (2019) Active Learning – Beyond the Future. London: IntechOpen Ltd.

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