Software developers are increasingly required to apply their technological skills to developing teaching and learning tools, but lack the educational background needed to maximise the teaching effectiveness of such tools. In contrast, experienced teachers and educators may better understand what makes effective learning technology, but lack the techological skills required to know how to go about designing and developing software and also what is feasible to develop.
This course aims to better equip students with the skills to design
evaluate intelligent and adaptive educational systems.
The issues addressed will include the following:
Previous development of teaching systems and limitations; adaptivity in relation to the domain and the learner;
Methodology: empirically informed and user centred design; involving students and teachers in the design process;
Modelling and simulating domain knowledge;
Modelling the user: diagnosis, errors and misconceptions; modelling affect;
Pedagogical Issues: theoretical and educational basis of teaching tools; using Pedagogical Agents;
Models of interaction and communication; Educational dialogue;
Evaluating the design and effectiveness of educational software.
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