Methods of Learning and Design (3)
This survey course draws on multiple disciplines to consider what learning is and how it happens. How do students process new information? What can you do to facilitate deep learning for students from varied backgrounds? Can there be universal design for learning? What is agility in learning and design methods? Learning key principles for how people learn and retain material will prepare you to design valuable learning experiences in higher education and beyond.
Technology Innovation by Design (3)
In this course, you will explore the role of technology in higher education. Taking into account historical and current educational challenges in higher education, you’ll explore the ways that institutions of higher education and student populations have changed over time, impacting the ways we use technology in education today. You will propose ways that technology innovation can spur systemic change across the curriculum and beyond it, and investigate and integrate theories and models—and their application—from several disciplines, including communication, information systems, and psychology.
Learning Analytics (3)
This course will introduce you to how the analytics of learning are gathered, treated, and used for decision-making in higher education. You will explore methods for capturing and analyzing data to better understand patterns of learning and dispositional development. Additionally, this course will provide you the opportunity to examine the ethical and legal implications of using data to shape educational contexts. As part of your work, you will examine learning analytic models and tools to gain new insights about students and recommend viable and actionable strategies on how to improve learning.
The University as a Design Problem (3)
This course approaches the present and future of the university by exploring the competing aims and missions of higher education, its multiple publics and possible variations. The course explores how future university designs are shaped both by the history of expansion, integration and innovation that have characterized US higher education and the emerging conditions of the new digital ecosystem. Through analysis and speculative design projects, we will explore the interplay among pedagogical, curricular, structural and leadership strategies. We will frame these with the greater purposes of the university in society and its responsiveness to the imperatives for access, equity, and social mobility.