INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Technology Learning Studio

Fall 2017
Unique ID: 28335
Prof:  Howison, James
Room: UTA 1.506B
Days:  Wed
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic Description:
Technology Learning Studio

Detailed Course Summary:
In this class we'll learn how to learn new technologies.

We'll do this in three ways: 1) we'll learn new technologies ourselves (70%), 2) as a studio group, we'll reflect critically on our learning processes (15%), and 3) we'll review some literature (academic and practitioner, formal and informal) on learning techniques (15%).

Students will define their own learning goals and projects, over three projects during the course, working both independently or in small groups of people interested in learning same thing). The definition of technology is extremely broad: examples of topics might include a new programming language or paradigm (e.g., object orientation, or model-view-controller), a new data representation (e.g., SQL, RDF, JSON-LD, or XML), new statistical techniques, version control, CAD design, GIS. Physical technologies are also relevant, from 3D printing to working with Arduinos and beyond.

The bulk of this class is students learning independently. Students should recognize that the professor is not going to teach these topics---indeed the professor won't know many of the technologies students choose to learn---students are going to teach themselves. Rather, the professor (and other students) are going to help each other reflect on their learning (as well as introduce a few topics of general usefulness).

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