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Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET)

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The Caribbean is experiencing an increase in interest and growth in the development and delivery of online and distance educational programmes at the tertiary level.

The Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET)  addresses advanced professional knowledge and skills associated with the expertise in instructional support roles such as an Online/Distance Learning Instructional Specialist or job positions that manage the development and delivery of online and/or technology-enabled programmes. These roles are supported through three specialisations of research study: (1) teaching and learning (facilitation), (2) instructional technology, and (3) curriculum quality.

The TLET programme is focused on the distinctiveness of the Caribbean region and is designed around needs particular to the region such as – human resource, geographical factors and technology dynamics.

TLET is delivered fully online, integrating a substantive experiential online  practice-based laboratory, which measures achievement of competency through practitioner-oriented activities. The practitioner focus of this programme ensures development of knowledge, skills and competency in one of the emerging career fields in the region.

The minimum period for completion of this programme is 48 months.

Who is this programme for?

The Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET) is geared towards preparing individuals serving in leadership or consultative positions in educational institutions currently offering or planning to offer online or distance programmes in roles such as Online/Distance Learning (ODL) instructional specialists, Directors of e-Learning, or Managers of ODL faculty development. A specialisation is selected to support specific research interests.

If you have questions whether this programme might be for you, please send your inquiry to – a member of the TLET Programme Team in the Programme Delivery Department (PDD) will respond to your questions.

Programme Structure

The Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (EdD TLET) is designed as a 72-credit programme. This programme supports three areas of specialisation: (1) Teaching and Learning, (2) Instructional Technology, and (3) Curriculum Quality.

The EdD TLET programme is comprised of the following courses:

  • Six (6) 3-credit Core Courses (18 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (6 credits)
    • The Changing Face of Education in the Caribbean
    • Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning
    • Design, Development and Evaluation of Digital Instructional Materials
    • Reflective-Reflexive Practices in Technology-Enabled Environments
    • ICT Infrastructure Supporting E-Learning in the Caribbean
    • Universal Design for Learning
  • Four (4) 3-credit Advanced Topic Courses (12 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (4 credits)
    • Transformative Teaching and Learning in E-Learning Environments
    • Developing Critical and Creative Thinkers
    • Contemporary Issues of Equity and Diversity in the Caribbean
    • Evaluating Quality in Technology Enabled Educational Environments
  • Two (2) 3-credit Research Specialisation Courses (6 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (2 credits)

Teaching and Learning Specialisation:

  • Social Media and Student Engagement
  • Learning in Communities of Inquiry

 Instructional Technology Specialisation:

  • Using Simulation and Gamification to Increase Student Engagement
  • Assistive Technologies Supporting Diverse Student Needs

  Curriculum Quality

  • Designing Authentic Assessments
  • Emerging Models for Technology-Enhanced Course Design
  • Three (3) 3-credit Research Methods Courses (9 credits) and their associated 1-credit Practical Laboratory Courses (3 credits)
  • Four (4) 3-credit Research Course Rooms (12 credits) for completion of the dissertation research project

Programme completion in the minimum timeframe (48 months) is based on the prescribed course schedule of study for a cohort. Enrolment in this programme limits registration to no more than two courses and their associated practical laboratories in Semester 1 and Semester 2 (8 credits each semester), and one course and its associated practical laboratory in the Summer session (4 credits). All coursework, including specialisations and advanced topics, must be completed prior to conducting research. Successful completion of approved original dissertation research is required for completion of the programme.

All courses in this programme will use 100% continuous assessment.  There will be no final examinations, however a comprehensive assessment of the ePortfolio produced in the Practical Laboratory courses is conducted to determine achievement of programmatic outcomes. Both formative assessments aimed at improving the learning process as it occurs, and summative assessments aimed at measuring mastery of learning objectives, will be employed within each course. Each course will integrate a co-requisite practical laboratory that requires demonstration of pedagogical and technical skills associated with the course topics. 

When will the programme start?

An initial offering of this programme begins January 2019 (Semester 2) for Cohort 1 and runs for 48 months, ending in December 2022. The application period for this cohort will commence September 17, 2018 and will remain open until December 7, 2018. However, enrolment in this cohort will be limited in number, and acceptance will be based on space available. Therefore, early application is advised.

Thereafter, the programme will begin in Semester 1 of each academic year, starting in August 2019.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for the EdD programme, prospective students must possess the following:

  • The general prerequisite for entry into the programme will be a Taught Master’s degree in an appropriate field related to technology or education from The UWI or another approved University, having achieved at least a B+ average or its equivalent, with the following discipline preferences:
  1. Teaching specialisation: an academic discipline related to teaching and learning or education
  2. Curriculum Quality specialisation: an academic discipline related to curriculum and instruction or curriculum/instructional design
  3. Technology specialisation: an academic discipline related to technology
  • Two or more years of work experience in a teaching environment
  • One year of work experience using online technologies in an educational setting; or two years’ experience as an online student
  • Successful completion of the Open Campus TechQuest TQ1 (A Self-Assessment of technical knowledge and skills in six areas: Computer Terminology, Internet Skills, Online Communications, Microsoft Office Products, PDF, and Google Drive.)

As part of the application process, applicants must sign up for TechQuest TQ1 using the following link. Instructions on how to access and complete the assessment will be sent via email.

Holders of the MEd TLET from the University of the West Indies may apply for transition into the programme as per the Board for Graduate Studies and Research Regulations. Holders of the MEd TLET may be granted direct entry into the EdD TLET if they have achieved an overall grade of B+ or better in the MEd programme.

Academic Preparation

After candidates have accepted their offer, they will receive information via email from the Open Campus Registry - Recruitment, Admissions and Registration with directions on accessing the compulsory introductory course.

All admitted candidates must successfully complete a compulsory introductory course prior to registering in programme courses. This compulsory course, OOL6100 Graduate Introduction to Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies, is a two-part course. Part 1 introduces students to a self-paced orientation and assessment of technology tools (TQ2) used in the delivery of the programme, and Part 2, a facilitated module covering the programme objectives and expectations of graduate learners that prepares them for the demands of this UWI graduate programme.

The self-paced portion of OOL6100 (Part 1) will be available from November 1 – December 15, 2018 with the facilitated portion (Part 2) conducted the week of December 10-15, 2018.

All accepted students are required to successfully complete OOL6100 by December 15, 2018 to receive approval to register for their Semester 2 courses.

For Cohort 1:

  • Access to OOL6100 will commence November 1, 2018 or after acceptance of offer.
  • On successfully passing OOL6100 students will receive approval to register for their semester 2 courses commencing January 2, 2019.
  • Registration for Semester 2 courses – January 2 - 20, 2019
  • Teaching starts January 20, 2019

Students should contact the TLET Programme Team in their Academic Department (PDD) with any questions they may have by emailing:


Online Academic Department: (PDD/APAD)

The Programme Delivery Department, Academic Programming and Delivery Division. Contact the Programme Delivery Department (PDD) for information on TLET at: