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Georgia Institute of Technology

Designing Technology for Learning

Georgia Institute of Technology via Coursera

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This course is currently under development and is expected to be offered October 2015.


Designing technologies that facilitate learning. Beyond usability, technology for learning has to engage, trigger prior knowledge, prompt for reflection, maintain a balance between too much cognitive load and too little challenge, and scaffold the development of skills.
  • Week 1: How People Learn
    • How memory works and how learning works
    • Differences between experts and novices.
    • Scaffolding learning.
  • Week 2: Designing for Learning
    • Know thy students
    • Identifying learning objectives
    • Creating learning activities
  • Week 3: Examples
    • Science education
    • Computer science education
    • Mathematics education
  • Week 4: Evaluation
    • How do you know if you got there? Testing your design decisions.
    • Factors to measure: retention, completion, learning, attitudes.
    • What makes a good evaluation? Validation and reliability

Taught by

Mark Guzdial



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