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CS112: Sex, Learning, and Computers: An Exploration of Educational Technology


Course Description

Computers and computer technology are always advancing. Within the classroom this is reflected by a constant updating of curriculum and attempts to bring the new technology into the learning environment in order to improve education. One factor in the effectiveness of these learning technologies is the sex of the students, with different techniques being most effective for each sex. In this class we will explore learning environments, technology, sex differences, their interaction, and how these and other factors affect the application and effectiveness of technology within education. We will read and discuss a spectrum of papers from this field, touching on such topics as lecture recording, tablet presentation, intelligent tutors, collaborative learning, simulations, immersive games, on-line universities, $100 laptops, etc. While the course will primarily focus on applications of technology within the sciences, discussion about areas outside of the sciences will be actively encouraged. Projects will primarily focus on application of topics covered in class to different environments and their design rather than implementation. There are no prerequisites for this course except an interest in exploring new ideas with an open mind. PRS, QUA, REA, WRI

Meeting Time

Tuesday,Thursday: 12:30pm-1:50pm
Adele Simmons Hall
Room: 221
January 28, 2009-May 1, 2009

Instructor

Paul Dickson
Phone: x5861, off campus (413) 559-5861
E-Mail: pedcs-at-hampshire.edu
Office: room 204 Adele Simmons Hall

Office Hours:
Monday-Wednesday 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Tuesday-Thursday 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
by appointment
when office door is open

Textbook

There is not textbook. Links to all class reading will be posted on the syllabus page.

Intranet Webpage

The Hampshire intranet official course webpage that is useful primarily for the discussion board.

Evaluation

Briefly, course evaluation will be based on paper presentations, weekly response papers, and a final project. In more detail, this course will be run in a seminar format with a different paper presented then discussed during each class meeting. Student will be required to present a number of these papers and every week each student will have to turn in a response paper to the two articles read for that weeks classes. At the end of the semester each student will turn in a final project. All assignment and instructions for each can be found on the assignments page. As with all Hampshire College courses academic honesty is expected, make sure your are familiar with the Hampshire's official statement on plagiarism.

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