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Evidence-Based Educational Design

Course Information

Course Number

HCI Undergraduate: n/a
HCI Graduate: 05-738

Program Requirement

This is a required course for

Course Description

In this course, we will explore the essential principles of educational design, focusing on creating inclusive environments for diverse learners and promoting positive behavior. We will explore effective strategies for measuring learning outcomes, enhancing student engagement, and assessing educational effectiveness. Students will prepare for careers as instructional designers, learning engineers, educators, and researchers as we cover the range of topics in this class. The coursework includes a thorough examination of current research in learning sciences through various papers and textbooks. Additionally, students will apply these theoretical principles practically by completing two hands-on projects, seeing the direct application of the concepts to real-world use cases. Class time will be spent discussing the weekly readings, highlighting relevant case studies, and engaging in group activities that foster collaboration and practical application of the material covered. This course will prepare students for real-world challenges in educational design and help integrate learning science knowledge through practical experience, enabling them to create effective educational designs and strategies.

Learning Objectives
After completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop learner models and educational goals based on detailed task analysis of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for understanding and mastery
  2. Align the instruction and its valid assessment with learners and goals
  3. Plan evaluation research to determine fidelity of educational implementation and efficacy of impact
  4. Consider contextual features of learning environments, whether face-to-face or digitally supported, that may impact all aspects of the educational design process
  5. Develop community norms and habits of practice
  6. Enhance ability to empathize with educational professionals and to synthesize theories and research findings in order to make educational design decisions
  7. Enhance ability to design and evaluate evidence-based educational applications, while navigating the complex and changing landscape of educational technologies, research, policy, and practice

Semester Offered and Units

Semester: Fall
Graduate: 12 units