HUM-432 / 3 crédits
Enseignant: Tormey Roland John
The students will understand the cognitive and social factors which affect learning - particularly in science and engineering. They will be able to use social research techniques as part of the design process to understand end users.
General Aim: To enable participants to understand the ways in which professionals learn their profession - with a particular focus on learning in scientific and engineering domains.
General Description of Material:The ability for individuals and organisations to learn is often regarded as central to their survival and success in the contemporary world. But how do professionals (like engineers) learn their profession? Learning is partially a psychological concept, but professionals operate in social contexts and so an understanding of professional learning also draws on sociological research. Therefore understanding professional learning will involve a multi-disciplinary approach.
Plan of the course:Through exploring a number of types of studies on different aspects of learning, participants will build an understanding of concepts from learning sciences. Students will also participate in studies and experiments to give them concrete experiences of adult learning in practice. Students will undertake a number of observations of learners and will analyse their own learning - applying the concepts learned to the practice of learning science and engineering.
Learning Sciences, Education, Social and Behavioural Science Research, Interdisciplinary Studies, Empathy Studies
- global perspective
- citizen perspective
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Describe the way in which information is processed and memories formed in humans, referring to Attention, Working Memory, Long Term Memory and related concepts
- Describe the role of motivation, emotion and emotional self-regulation in relation to learning
- Describe the role of micro-social factors (interaction with teachers, peers and others) in accounting for learning
- Identify examples of how macro social factors (e.g. gender etc.) impact upon the learning of different social groups
- Apply this knowledge to understand real-life learning situations
- Carry out non-participant observation of learners and analyse the data from this (Empathy Studies)
- Carry out participant observation in learning and analyse the data from this (Empathy studies)
- Carry out the scoping required to plan a design project
- Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
- Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
- Take account of the social and human dimensions of the engineering profession.
- Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.
- Collect data.
Flipped Class: you will watch lecture videos before class, and we will then use class time for discussion and activities that will allow you to use and apply concepts.
Expected student activities
Watch videos before class time. Participate in in-class discussions and activities. Complete required observations of learning.
20% Group scoping report for design project
Tormey, R and Isaac, S. with Hardebolle, C. and LeDuc, I. (2021) Facilitating Experiential Learning in Higher Education; Teaching and Supervising in Labs, Fieldwork, Studios, and Projects. London: Routledge
Bransford et al. (2000) How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School. Washington D.C.:
National Academy Press.
Illeris, K. (2009) Contempory Theories of Learning; learning theorists ... in the own words. London: Routledge.
Jarvis, P. et al. (2003) The Theory and Practice of Learning, 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.
Dans les plans d'études
- Semestre: Automne
- Nombre de places: 60
- Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'hiver)
- Matière examinée: How people learn: Designing Learning Tools I
- Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
- Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines