Computers in Education: Research Methods and Practice

University of Maryland, College of Education, EDHD-779N & 499N, Fall 2002

Course Activities

The following activities are expected to be accomplished during the semester: 

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Meeting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Meeting 1- Concepts Covered- * Technology development research vs. educational impact research * Quantitative vs. qualitative research * Resources for research Activities- * Welcome and course introduction * Discussion of educational research on technology -impact analysis -comparison of technologies -observation of student changes -observation of teacher changes -personal history * Discussion of resources for research -WWW -journals -conferences -government agencies * Discussion of education needs in technology development -new development practices -understanding learner-centered needs * Small Group Exercise -creating a new technology for learning READINGS FOR WEEK: General Impact of Technology on Education Meeting 2- Concepts Covered- * General impact of technology on education Activities- * Discussion of general impact of technology on education * Small Group Exercise -a new report to the president READINGS FOR WEEK: Technology Impact on Course Content Meeting 3- Concepts Covered- * Technology impact on course content * Computer-based learning models * Content vs. technology education Activities- * Discussion of "interactive textbook" vs. "expressive media" * Discussion of "mushroom management" * Small Group Exercise -problem-centered curriculum module using technology READINGS FOR WEEK: Collaborative Learning Supported by Technology Meeting 4- Concepts Covered- * Collaborative learning experiences * Distance collaboration * Local collaboration Activities- * Discussion of technology impact group dynamics * Discussion of collaborative learning challenges with technology * Small Group Exercise -a collaborative learning experience with technology READINGS FOR WEEK: Online Environments Meeting 5- Concepts Covered- * Online environments * Distance education * Public vs. private communications Activities- * Discussion of online environments * Small Group Exercise -WWW portfolio development READINGS FOR WEEK: Special Education Supported by Technology Meeting 6- Concepts Covered- * Special education and technology Activities- * Discussion of the use of technology in special education * Small Group Exercise -analyzing the web for accessibility READINGS FOR WEEK: Developing New Technologies for Education Meeting 7- Concepts Covered- * Design Methodologies -iterative design -participatory design -contexual design * The four roles of learners in the technology development process Activities- * Discussion of designing new technologies for education * Comparing usability testing of technologies with evaluation impact on students * Small Group Exercise -task analysis MIDTERM PAPER ASSIGNED Meeting 8- MIDTERM PAPER WORK Meeting 9- Concepts Covered- * Defining design Critiques * Reviewing CS research vs. Ed research Activities- * Discussion of how to think critically about technology -interaction -visual -use of technologies -packaging * Small Group Exercise -analyze and redesign CD software MIDTERM PAPER DUE Meeting 10- Concepts Covered- * Research proposals * Projects and Papers Activities- * Discussion of research proposal structures and timeline * Discussion of project/paper structure and timeline * Split up into interest areas and begin brainstorming CONTINUE WORK ON PROPOSALS AND FINAL PROJECTS Meeting 11- Concepts Covered- * Research proposals: tasks, timeline, submission Activities- * Research proposal groups continuing working -define structure of proposal -divide tasks -set timeline CONTINUE WORK ON PROPOSALS AND FINAL PROJECTS Meeting 12- Concepts Covered- * Research proposals: teamwork Activities- * Research proposal groups continuing working * Review proposal status with professor CONTINUE WORK ON PROPOSALS AND FINAL PROJECTS Meeting 13- CONTINUE WORK ON PROPOSALS AND FINAL PROJECTS Meeting 14- Concepts Covered- * Research proposals: teamwork Activities- * Research proposal groups continuing working * Prepare final presentations CONTINUE WORK ON PROPOSALS AND FINAL PROJECTS Meeting 15- Activities- * Final presentations of proposals or projects HAND IN FINAL PROPOSALS OR PAPERS


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