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Educating Learning Technology Designers
Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools

ISBN 9780805864724
Published November 26, 2008 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

What knowledge and skills do designers of learning technologies need? What is the best way to train them to create high-quality educational technologies? Distilling the wisdom of expert instructors and designers, this cutting-edge guide offers a clear, accessible balance of theory and practical examples.
This cutting-edge guide:

  • synthesizes learning, instructional design, and educational technology perspectives on learning-centered technology — highlighting how interdisciplinary work is driving the fields of the learning sciences and technology design and development
  • offers helpful resources for both faculty and students — including descriptions of a variety of successful courses in learning technology design, examples of student work with commentary by instructors and students, and discussions of "lessons learned" in course development
  • includes a "To the Student" chapter that speaks in plain language about what is exciting and challenging about creating technology for kids

Directed to university instructors working with students on developing educational software projects and to managers leading learning technologies development teams, this book is a valuable resource for guiding and inspiring the next generation of designers of learning technologies.

Table of Contents

Selected Contents

Contributor Biographies


1. Introduction

Shelley Goldman, Chris DiGiano and Michael Chorost

2. What Is Design Knowledge and How Do We Teach It?

Christopher Hoadley and Charlie Cox

3. Focusing on Process: Evidence and Ideas to Promote Learning through the Collaborative Design Process

Emma Mercier, Shelley Goldman, and Angela Booker

4. Partnering with K-12 Educators in Collaborative Design of Learning Technology

Shelley Goldman, Emma Mercier and Angela Booker

5. Authentic Design and Collaboration: Involving University Faculty as Clients in Project-Based Learning Technology Design Courses

Jennifer Meta Robinson, Alyssa Wise, and Thomas Duffy

6. Moving from Feedback to Scaffolding - Improving the LTD Student's Experience

Suzanne Alejandre and K. Ann Renninger

7. Interdisciplinarity in Learning Technology Design Courses

Angela Booker, Shelley Goldman, and Emma Mercier

8. Applying the "Studio Model" to Learning Technology Design

Charlie Cox, Steve Harrison, and Christopher Hoadley

9. A Learning Technology Design Course, Deconstructed

Chris Quintana

10. Teaching educational design around computer games: Balancing expectations, abilities and outcomes

11. Creating Educational Gamelets

Clayton Lewis and Alexander Repenning

12. Playground Games and the Dissemination of Control in Computing and Learning

Deborah Tatar, Sirong Lin, and Joon Suk Lee

13. Reflecting on Reflection: Guiding and Capturing Student Projects Online

Chris DiGiano, Mike Chorost, and Mark Chung

14. To The Student

Michael Chorost and Chris DiGiano

15. Featured Student Projects

Gucci Estrella and Chris DiGiano

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Chris DiGiano is a software engineer at Google, Inc. and holds an adjoint appointment in the Computer Science Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Shelley Goldman is Professor (Teaching) at Stanford University.

Michael Chorost is a freelance technology writer and educational consultant.


"A compilation of well-illustrated chapters, [this book] comes from a Google software engineer with an academic appointment "on the side", a Stanford education professor, and a freelance science writer….as a summary of the challenges that have been grabbed and addressed by scholars in the USA, the work provides a great resource."--British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 41: No. 2, 2010