Teaching

Theories and Perspectives on Learning

This is a Masters and PhD level course that focuses on the behaviorist, cognitive and socio-constructivist theories and perspectives on how people come to learn, understand, reason, and solve problems, as well as the implications of these theories for the design of learning environments and learning. Centrally important issues in the cognitive and learning sciences are discussed, such as mental models, representations, conceptual change, expertise, transfer, situated cognition, collective cognition, and embodied cognition.

Research Methods for the Learning Sciences

This is a PhD level course that focuses on the quantitative, qualitative, design, and computational methodologies in the field of the learning sciences.

Cognitive Foundations for the Learning Sciences

This is a MEd- and PhD-level learning theory course that unpacks the historical, cognitive foundations of the learning sciences. Focus is on cognitive science theories related to how people learn to understand, to reason, and to solve problems, as well as the implications of these theories for the design of learning environments and learning in real contexts. Centrally important issues in cognitive sciences are considered, such as mental models, cognitive load, knowledge representation, expertise, transfer, and domain specific learning (in mathematics, science, reading, etc.).

Social Foundations for the Learning Sciences

This course builds on the cognitive foundations to discuss the social and cultural foundations of the learning sciences. Focus is on the centrally important issues in social learning theory including situated cognition, collective cognition, activity systems, communities of practice, informal learning, and so on.