In this certificate course, students will learn how to design innovative e-learning, that is, online interactions and technology that make learning more effective and efficient. Instructional designers employ “backward design”: using scientifically-based principles and practical strategies for aligning the instructional program and its valid assessment with learners and goals. Today’s learning engineers do not simply design in sequence — goals then assessments then instruction — but are agile and iterative. They collect qualitative data, for example, by having an expert “think aloud” while performing one of their assessments and use the results to add or change goals. They collect and use quantitative data, for example, by mining learning data from online course interactions. You will do so too in an end-to-end e-learning design project, where you develop an e-learning module of your choice. In the process, students will enhance their ability to read and critique professional articles, synthesize theories, and research findings to design and evaluate the instructional programs based on backward design.
Approximately 4 weeks, 6-8 hours/week
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Dr. Ken Koedinger
is a professor of Human Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Koedinger has an M.S. in Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and experience teaching in an urban high school. His multidisciplinary background supports his research goals of understanding human learning and creating educational technologies…