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Design and Development of Educational Technology

This project-based course explores educational technologies and the theories underlying their development through interviews with experts in the field.
This course is archived
Estimated 9 weeks
4–6 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
Free
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About this course

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To be effective, educational technologies must be designed based on what we know about how people learn. Through interviews with experts in the field, this course explores educational technologies, outlines the theories that influence their development, and examines their use.

Participants will both give and receive feedback from others in the class forums as part of this course. To synthesize main ideas, participants will work towards creating a pitch for a new educational technology.

In Unit 1, we will talk about the history of educational technologies and how these technologies have influenced how we learn.

In Unit 2, we will explore what it means to learn something and different approaches to deepen learning.

In Unit 3, we will focus on active learning and take a closer look at simulations that can foster learning.

Unit 4 introduces the idea of collaborative learning and considers communities of practice.

Unit 5 provides an overview of different types of assessment and delves into how technology is changing the field of assessment.

Unit 6 is all about design-based research, a methodology for research and design of educational innovations.

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    Students should have comfort and/or willingness to learn and explore with technology, also interest in education.

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • A broad understanding of several prominent educational theories and approaches regarding teaching and learning and examples of how these are manifested in educational technologies
  • Different ways technology can be leveraged to foster learning
  • How to recognize different types of assessment and how technology is changing the landscape for assessing learning

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