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Cognitive Aspects of Learning and Design of Educational Technology


Status Cancelled
School Computer and Information Science (CIS)
Division CILT
Owner Annika Silvervarg
Homepage www.ida.liu.se/~729A78

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Course plan

No of Lectures

One day in September with introduction to the course.
Intensive course work with lectures, seminars and labs during two days in October.
A half day for examination in December.

Recommended for

PhD students in cognitive science and PhD students in related areas with interests in cognitive aspects of learning and design of educational technology.

Masters students admitted to a Master’s program in Cognitive Science or similar.

The course was last given

Autumn 2014.


The course focuses on learning in an educational setting from a cognitive science perspective. It covers different theories, models and current research from both the humanities and natural/technical sciences. It also includes theoretical and practical aspects of educational technology.
Students who have completed the course will be able to:

explain, compare and evaluate different pedagogical approaches, eg. learning-by-teaching, peer learning, social learning.
summarise and exemplify factors known to influence learning, such as the role of the teacher, feedback etc., and
discuss how these approaches and factors can and should be realized in the design of educational technology.


Basic knowledge in cognitive psychology and computer science. The course aims to provide an introduction for those with little knowledge of the area of learning and educational technology, but also be an advanced course for students who are doing research in the area.
OBS! Since litterature and material is in Swedish working knowledge of Swedish is a prerequisite.


An initial meeting in September with an introductory lecture will give an introduction to the area and the course. During this meeting we will also present a list of literature which should be read in advance before the days of intensive course work in October. The student will choose a topic from the literature that she/he is willing to “teach”. During the intensive course days students will be responsible for holding short lectures and seminars on their topics together with another course participant. The course work will thus be examples of working with learning-by-teaching, peer learning and collaborative learning
in practice. The course work will also include some hands on workshops evaluating educational technology.


See goals.


Lusten att förstå av Peter Gärdenfors
Synligt lärande - Presentation av en studie om vad som påverkar elevers studieresultat.


Agneta Gulz
Annika Silvervarg


Agneta Gulz
Annika Silvervarg


Preparation before and active participation during the intensive course work in October. Written assignments and a report. Please note that participation is mandatory, students who cannot attend these days cannot pass the course.


7,5 hp

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Last updated: 2012-05-03