CNIT 58100-CRD

Cyberlearning Research and Development

Course Description:  This course explores and applies methodological and theoretical perspectives to the research, design, and evaluation of learning experiences and environments that integrate computational thinking within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. The learning objectives of this course are:

  1. Identify the different definitions and roles of computational thinking in STEM.
  2. Explore potential applications of computational thinking in STEM fields such as  bioinformatics, robotics, earth and atmospheric sciences, nanotechnology, and so on.
  3. Explore and apply design-based research as a methodological perspective to the design and investigation of learning experiences and environments that integrate discipline-based computational thinking.
  4. Explore different socio-cultural perspectives that can inform the design of theoretically grounded learning experiences and environments in discipline-based computational thinking.
  5. Design a learning experience, environment, or tool that explores a particular pedagogical method or learning strategy that conveys computational thinking concepts or that uses computational thinking as an affordance to access of knowledge or new knowledge development in a specific STEM discipline.

Prerequisites: Students must have taken at least one research methods course (i.e., in qualitative or quantitative methods of inquiry).  An introductory course in instructional design or curriculum development is also recommended.  CITI Certified and familiarity with IRB approvals is also recommended although not required.

Semesters typically offered:  Ask the instructor

Contact:  Contact Professor Alé Magana for more information.

Credit Hours: 

Computer and Information Technology

West Lafayette