Foster Active Learning

What you will learn in the course

Start Any Time

Work on your pace and you will have instructors available to help you answer any questions.

Duration

Approximately 2 weeks, 6-8 hours/week

Fee

$1000

Certificate Course Description:

How do you know that the chosen instruction method is effective? Is there a method of instruction that would be best for a certain type of material? To develop any kind of expertise, whether about academics, work, or even social interaction, requires lots of repeated experience doing it.

 

In this course, you’re going to learn about the features of active, learning-by-doing that make it most effective.  Like all our courses, this one employs active learning techniquesYou will learn how to apply each of these methods in a practical context and interpret the result to design effective learning experiences.

Module 1: Deliberate Practice & Feedback
  • Explain how deliberate practice is different from the general idea of practice
  • Evaluate and design based on evidence for how much practice to include
  • Evaluate and design based on evidence for what kind of practice is best and how to distribute it
  • Evaluate and design based on evidence for what kind of feedback is best
  • Evaluate and design based on evidence for how to layout practice exercises

 

Module 2: Leveraging Examples in E-Learning
  • Employ strategies for creating worked examples using written steps, animation or video, or recording of expert performance
  • Design a faded worked example
  • Extending worked examples
    • Add self-explanation questions
    • Use variation & comparison to design for far transfer learning
  • Apply evidence on when & how to transition from examples to practice
  • Distinguish forms of learner/program control
  • Apply learner control principles:
    • Principle 1: Provide program control of practice for novices
    • Principle 2: Make practice the default
    • Principle 3: Consider adaptive control
    • Principle 4: Give pacing control to learner
    • Principle 5: Offer navigational support
  • Articulate reasons, pro and con, learner control

 

Module 3: Course Project

At the end of the course, you’ll have an opportunity to do a little project where you apply principles of deliberate practice to redesign an e-learning course unit. That will provide you with a nice experience to apply the fundamentals you will learn in the modules to a larger, more authentic, context. It will be graded by the instructor and you will receive personalized feedback along with a sample solution.

Researchers, product/UX designers, instructional designers, and teachers who want to improve e-learning design and design engaging instruction. Anyone interested in edtech.

What you'll learn

This course will help you:

  • Evaluate and design instruction based on evidence for:
    • how much practice to include
    • what kind of practice is best and how to distribute it
    • what kind of feedback is best
    • how to layout practice exercise
  • Apply evidence on when & how to transition from worked examples to deliberate practice
    • Add self-explanation questions
    • Use variation & comparison to design for far transfer learning
  • Apply learner control principles:
    • Principle 1: Provide program control of practice for novices
    • Principle 2: Make practice the default
    • Principle 3: Consider adaptive control
    • Principle 4: Give pacing control to learner
    • Principle 5: Offer navigational support

Course Instructors

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…

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Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a verified digital certificate of completion from Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative.

In addition to the knowledge and immediately applicable frameworks you will gain by attending your selected courses, you will benefit from:

  • A digital, verified version of your Executive Certificate (Smart Certificate) you can add to your resume and LinkedIn
  • Networking with a global group of your peers and instructors for advancing your career

Register Now

Register and start taking the course in four steps:

1. Enter your email address 

2. Watch this short video for instructions on how to register in OLI.

3. For this course, copy the course key: ELDP-014

4. Click on this link to Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Initiative to register and try out the course for 48 hours before payment is due.

5. (Optional but highly recommended) Set OLI to automatically resume from where you left off in the course.

1) Click on your name in the upper right corner to bring up your OLI profile settings.

2) Change the option on the dropdown to resume automatically.

3) Lastly, select UPDATE.

You are all set!

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