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Free Online Course on Design and Development of Educational Technology

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering free online course on Design and Development of Educational Technology. To be effective, educational technologies must be designed based on what we know about how people learn.

This project-based course explores educational technologies and the theories underlying their development through interviews with experts in the field. The course will start on February 23, 2017.

Course At A Glance Design

Length: 9 weeks
Effort: 4-6 hours pw
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $3
Session: Course Starts on February 23, 2017

Providers' Details

Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a coeducational, privately endowed research university founded in 1861 — is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. Learn more about MIT. Through MITx, the Institute furthers its commitment to improving education worldwide.

About This Course

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.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Instructors

Eric Klopfer

Director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Education Arcade

Scot Osterweil

Creative Director, the Education Arcade

Judy Perry

Research Manager, MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program

Requirements

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

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
  • Once applicant sign up for a course and activate their account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org homepage and type in their email address and edX password. This will take them to the dashboard, with access to each of their active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on their dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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