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

Spring 2020
Unique ID: 27680
Prof:  Allen, Jennifer
Room: UTA 1.506A
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

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, 2) as a studio group, we'll reflect critically on our
learning processes, and 3) we'll review some literature (academic
and practitioner, formal and informal) on learning techniques.

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). One
project must be physical in nature.

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.

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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