EDCP 371: D&T


Here is the engaging syllabus that I created for EDCP 371, a course that I instruct at UBC.

EDCP 371 offers teachers (pre-service, in-service, and graduate level) a space to create and a community to explore ideas about integrating design and technology (D&T) across the K-12 curriculum. Our modules include critiquing scholarly readings and TED Talks, expressing and challenging viewpoints, building upon each other’s work, and experimenting with hands-on learning activities.

Students will engage in this course as designers, content creators, and tinkerers working together on personally or socially meaningful projects. Learning involves defining problems, brainstorming solutions, mindmapping, sketching, ideating, prototyping, questioning assumptions, pushing boundaries, taking risks, exercising ingenuity, experimenting with diverse ideas and materials, and creating remarkable D&T projects. The educational philosophy underlying this course emphasizes learning by making. Students will have many opportunities to make and deconstruct diverse learning artifacts, real and virtual.

Students will benefit from a multi-modal and multi-access learning environment, including maker labs and virtual worlds. Creative instructional strategies include social media, design thinking challenges, and technology-supported learning activities (including iPads, cameras, movie-editing, web development, and robotics). We will record audio selfies, make and demonstrate creative learning objects/resources, develop prototypes for innovative classroom learning environments, evaluate new learning apps, build and program robotics, be inspired by guest speakers, and have fun learning by making and collaborating.

Credit: “MAKE” cover image is from d.school