About This Course
This class is offered as CS6460 at Georgia Tech where it is a part of the [Online Masters Degree (OMS)](http://www.omscs.gatech.edu/). Credit for taking this course is conferred only on those that enroll in the degree. The text in the following sections comes from the syllabus for CS6460, located [here](https://www.udacity.com/wiki/ud915). This class is simultaneously an introductory course about educational technology and an advanced, project-oriented class on designing or researching technology's intersection with education. As such, the course provides information about a large number of topics within educational technology, including pedagogical strategies, research methodologies, current tools, open problems, and broader issues. The scope of the material provided goes beyond what any one person could reasonably learn in a semester. Instead, you will select those areas that appeal to you or that support your ultimate project ideas. For example, if you're interested in research, you may focus on the applicable research methodologies to your chosen area of investigation, relevant pedagogical strategies or theories, and the current state-of-the-art within that community. If you're interested in design, you may focus on the relevant pedagogical strategies or theories for your chosen domain, the current popular tools within that domain, and open problems that need to be addressed.
Why Take This?
This class is built on a number of pedagogical strategies, including project-based learning, authenticity, and apprenticeship. The ultimate goal, supported by these strategies, is that through this class you will make an actual contribution to the field of educational research, and start a project that could be continued even after the semester is over through academic publications, ongoing research programmes, start-up businesses, or deployment within the OMSCS program.
Prerequisites and Requirements
In order to succeed in this class, you should be able to answer yes to the following questions: - Have you already fulfilled the foundational requirement for the program? Are you comfortable with writing several essays throughout the course of the class, including personal reflections, article responses, project proposals, and project reports? - Are you comfortable with a class that requires significant participation via forum interactions and peer-to-peer feedback opportunities? - Are you comfortable working in a group; or, alternatively, are you comfortable taking on a significantly-sized project on your own? - Are you passionate about education, and ideally, do you already have some preliminary ideas regarding what tools you might like to build or questions you might like to research as part of this class? - Are you comfortable with a class built on large, open-ended, student-driven projects rather than smaller, more narrowly-defined assignments and exams? Note that prior experience with EdTech is not required beyond your prior OMS coursework. Note also that because they project is very open-ended, you'll be able to define a project that is realistic within your technical qualifications. So, no specific programming knowledge is required. If you choose more of a research-oriented track, you may not need to do any programming at all.
This class is an an introductory course about educational technology offered as CS6460 at Georgia Tech where it is a part of the Online Masters Degree (OMS).