Technology and the Science of Learning (Elective)

Technology and the Science of Learning
Course Policies and Syllabus 2018 1st semester

Instructor: Dr. Po-Han Lin, 林柏翰
Meeting place: A404B
Class Time: Wednesday, 13:30~16:25 PM
Office Hours: Wednesday, 09:30~11:25 AM, 16:30~18:25 PM, and by appointment

Course Description:

This course introduces several theories of computer assisted instruction based on the cognitive learning perspective. More importantly, it provides students with ample opportunities to practice using the computer to teach in a real-world classroom environment.

Course Objectives:

Computer is a very powerful tool for presentation. After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the theories behind the computer assisted instruction
  • Design a lecture based on the design principles of a theory
  • Being more confidence in using computer presentation programs such as PPT and Excel
  • Increase efficiency in using the computer for data organization

The use of computers, multimedia, and mobile phones has become a part of everyday life. How to make a good use of the technology and to take an advantages of computers in the classroom is becoming a fundamental skill necessary for the teachers to learn. Information must be presented in ways to facilitate learning rather than defocusing or overload the learners. At the end of the class, students should have the following competencies or knowledge:

  1. knowing the strengths (or weakness) and characteristics of computer-assisted instruction;
  2. understanding the theoretical structure of computer-assisted instruction and the philosophy behind it;
  3. knowing the cognitive processing architecture and limitations of human beings;
  4. how computer-assisted instruction can compensate for human cognitive limitations;
  5. familiarizing the principles in computer-assisted instruction design;
  6. understanding the advantages and disadvantages of computer-assisted instruction in various environments; and
  7. evaluating the future development of a digital technology or multimedia can potentially be used in computer-assisted instruction.

Before the end of the course, students should be able to design computer-aided teachings based on the learning theory and to implement them.

Content Online:

The overall course will focus on a mixture of macro and micro computer program skills. Specifically, on the micro level, there will be a larger concentration on “hands-on” experience of using the computer programs such as PPT or excels. You will also learn to create a teaching material using computer presentation programs. On the macro level, the development of a teaching or lecture material will be based on design principles of a computer instruction theory.

Instructional Activities:

The primary format of this course will be mini-lecture, in-class discussion, group/pair work, and audio-visual presentation. Students will be given homework to complete almost every week. Students must keep up with the homework in order to participate fully in this class.  In addition, quizzes and exams will be given. Students are also required to give an individual presentation at the end of the semester.

Homework Assignments:

The total point for the homework is 30 points. Prior to each class section, keywords will be given to the students. Students are required to search for the definitions of these keywords. Each homework assignment is worth 3 points. The will be 10 homework assignments given in this semester.

In-Class Participation and Quizzes:

The total point for in-class participation sheets and quizzes will be 30 points. There will be group discussion throughout the semester. Topics of the discussion will be announced later. Quizzes will be based on the lecture and discussion materials in the prior class (week).


You will be received one mid-term. Details of the mid-term will be announced three weeks before the exam so that students will have enough time to prepare. The mid-term will have consisted of a short-written test and multiple choices question. The total for the mid-term is worth 20 points.

Final Presentation:

The final exam will be an oral presentation. The total point for this presentation is 20 points. Students will need to prepare a mini-lecture to introduce a specific topic in education.

Attendance Policy:

The University attendance policy states that if a student misses too many classes of a course, he or she will receive a 0 for that particular course. The University Administration determines the amount of class considered “too much.” (over 1/2 of the expected attendance weeks, approximately 9 unexcused absented weeks). I am very strict about attendance. Please do not ask me to remove an absence from your record; I will not. Arrival in class for more than fifteen minutes will be considered as an absence. If you need to miss class for any reasons, please remember to submit the electronic notification to the administration office so your absence will be excused.

Academic Honesty:

The University has deemed instructors with the responsibility of handling cases of dishonesty (i.e. cheating in any forms) or plagiarism (i.e. copying someone’s written work).  My policy is that on the first occurrence of academic dishonesty, a student will receive 0% on that particular assignment.  A student will fail the course after the second occurrence of dishonesty. Cheating is not tolerated. Academic dishonesty will be referred to the department chair.

Grading Procedures:

Course grades will be calculated in the following manner:

  • Homework (30 @ 3 pts. each)–30 pts.
  • In-class participation (feedbacks and judgements) and Quizzes–30 pts.
  • Mid-Term Exam–20 pts.
  • Final Exam–20 pts.


Program Director: Professor Yi-Ching Lin (林宜靜教授)

Program Assistant: Jenny Huang (黃靖雅)
Office Time: 8:30~17:00
Pone: +886-2-2732-1104 ext. 52169

Course Schedule:

  1. Week 1 (107.09.12) Explain syllabus; Introducing concept of computer-assisted learning and its goal
  2. Week 2 (107.09.19) Definition of computer-assisted learning, its development and characristics
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  3. Week 3 (107.09.26) Why do we need technology in teaching? Strengths and weaknesses of technology learning
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  4. Week 4 (107.10.03) Human cognitive process architecture and limitations
  5. Week 5 (107.10.10) The National Day (Holiday)
  6. Week 6 (107.10.17) How does technology facilitate or make up the human process limitations
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  7. Week 7 (107.10.24) Learning Theories & Instructional Design
  8. Week 8 (107.10.31) Cognitive load/multimedia theories
  9. Week 9 (107.11.07) Mid-term
  10. Week 10 (107.11.14) Cognitive load theory: designing principles
  11. Week 11 (107.11.21) Computer-assisted learning design mission: its content and material
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  12. Week 12 (107.11.28) Learner-center vs. Instructor based teaching
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  13. Week 13 (107.12.05) Types of teaching methods
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  14. Week 14 (107.12.12) Setting goals and purpose
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  15. Week 15 (107.12.19) Assessment and evaluation of computer-assisted teaching
    Lecture/Group Discussion
  16. Week 16 (107.12.26) Computer-assisted lecture proposal
    Proposal discuss
  17. Week 17 (107.01.02) Computer-assisted lecture presentation 1 (Final)
    Mini Lecture
    Final Exam
  18. Week 18 (107.01.09) Computer-assisted lecture presentation 2 (Final)
    Mini Lecture
    Final Exam
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