Human Development Lab

@ Carnegie Mellon University

The Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century

05-438 (undergrad) and 05-838 (graduate)
Poster and demo session (May 3, 2012, Thursday, 12 noon to 1:20pm)
Professor: Matthew Kam (Human-Computer Interaction Institute)

What: Poster and demo session for 05-438/838: The Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century
Where: Gates-Hillman Center 6121, Carnegie Mellon University
When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, 12 noon to 1:20pm

Refreshments will be provided. Please drop by.

About the Course

This is an introductory course that combines educational technology with the science of how humans learn. It is being taught for the third time this spring. It is the course for both undergraduate and graduate students who plan to take one and only one class in college on research-informed educational technology. Alumni from the first two offerings of the course are spinning off their class projects as a commercial start-up and 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

By the end of the course, students will have a “survival level” of knowledge about the latest scientific research on human learning to design and implement high-impact educational initiatives in the workplace, home, classroom and community using technology. The course equips participants with an integrated breadth of multidisciplinary knowledge about local educational contexts, the psychology behind how humans acquire expertise, educational computing technologies, human-centered design thinking, as well as advanced topics such as business models, education policy, reading literacy, second language acquisition and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Understanding of the course material is reinforced through weekly case studies from all over the world.

About the Students

The 24 students enrolled in this year's course are split evenly between undergraduates and graduate students. They represent disciplines that include bioengineering, computer science, design, electrical engineering, human-computer interaction, the humanities, information systems, psychology and public policy.

They have previously worked in projects that targeted Colombia, Honduras, Rwanda, Sudan, Vietnam, and inner-city schools in the US. And they have worked with organizations including Amnesty International, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Citigroup, Google, Houghton-Mifflin, the Latin American Youth Center, McGraw-Hill, One Laptop Per Child, the Red Cross Society, the United Nations Development Program, and UNICEF.

14 Team Projects

For more details about the course, please see the course schedule and its reading list.


* The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is the first department to offer degree-granting degree programs in HCI at the Master's and PhD level in the United States. Our M.S. and PhD programs turned 16 and 11 years old respectively as of 2010.