Societal Consequences of Technological Change: Education


Units: 3

Description: Course will meet on: February 2 & 3, 2019 in HBH 1206. This "micro class" is a two-day dive into the future of K-12 education, a $600 billion industry in the U.S. affecting the lives of over 55 million children every year. The class focuses on the intersection of education and technology, and its implications for the future of how we teach, learn, and live. Students will learn about the promise of "personalization", a big idea with the potential to change the management model that has organized schooling for more than a century. They'll be exposed to research and reform efforts, including some happening here at CMU, to apply technology and cognitive learning to improve how we teach and learn, and to anticipate ways technology could facilitate new ways of organizing the experience of school. Then they'll unpack these ideas to identify future scenarios, their implications, and anticipate how the benefits and costs would likely be distributed. Participants will identify actions that could be taken to improve the potential effect on the human condition, mitigating the risks and maximizing the benefits across many stakeholders, including those who have been historically marginalized and disadvantaged. As part of the experience, students will be challenged to apply the skills they are learning in their courses, and will experience facilitation techniques they are likely to find useful in their own careers, whatever field they ultimately pursue. The course will meet for two fun and intense days - February 2 and 3, 2019. The grade will be based on participation (including peer feedback and self-reflection) and assignments completed during the two days as well as pre-work leading up to the experience and afterwards to complete the group project and bring closure to the learning.

Syllabus: 90-850_Societal_Consequences_of_Technological_Change_Education_Syllabus_S19.pdf