Thursday, November 15, 2012

Spring course announcement: learning in out-of-school settings

Good afternoon,

I wanted to send on information about a new undergraduate course scheduled for Spring 2013: EDUC-P250, learning in informal settings. 


This course is designed for anyone who is interested in thinking about how people learn outside of formal school settings. The course is designed for anyone who is interested in thinking about learning--this includes students who are planning to be educators in the broad sense of the word: coaches, counselors, social workers, teachers, business majors, etc. 


The course description is included below. Please note that this course can fulfill a general education Social and Historical Studies requirement, and please feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think may be interested in the class.


Thank you!

Jenna McWilliams




EDUC-P250: General Educational Psychology (learning in out-of-school settings)


Most educational psychology courses focus on how learning happens in schools and how we can teach more effectively. This class will use the principles of educational psychology to examine how learning happens around the edges—through an examination of the “college experience,” a consideration of how video games support learning, why informal learning environments can be so effective, and how new forms of learning are made possible through internet and social media technologies. This class will ask:
·      What (else) is college for? (And how can educational psychology help you get the most out of your college experience?)
·      What can video games teach us about learning and literacy?
·      How can museums and other informal learning environments support education and development of cultural skills?
·      Is it true if I learned it on the internet?