Learning Media Methods brings together students from across the disciplines to consider the design of mediated learning experiences though a project-based inquiry course. Students will be introduced to a range of design research methods and associated frameworks that explore the cognitive, social and affective dimensions of learning in everyday contexts through readings, invited lectures, in-class activities and assignments. Students will conduct a series of short design research studies to define learning goals and develop supporting design concepts that improve learning outcomes for diverse participants in an informal learning setting (e.g. museum, after-school program, park or mobile application). In concept development, we will look at how to position technology and question its role in the setting to engage and foster positive learning interactions. The course will culminate in a media-rich presentation of design concepts to a stakeholder audience, and include an evaluation plan describing how learning outcomes for the project would be assessed.
Spring 2015 instructor: Marti Louw