|Name||Prof. Dr. Manu Kapur|
|Field||Learning Sciences and Higher Education|
Professur für Lernwissenschaften
ETH Zürich, RZ J 3
|Telephone||+41 44 632 25 89|
|Department||Humanities, Social and Political Sciences|
|851-0252-04L||Behavioral Studies Colloquium||0 credits||2K||D. Helbing, U. Brandes, C. Hölscher, M. Kapur, C. Stadtfeld, E. Stern|
|Abstract||This colloquium offers an opportunity for students to discuss their ongoing research and scientific ideas in the behavioral sciences, both at the micro- and macro-levels of cognitive, behavioral and social science. It also offers an opportunity for students from other disciplines to discuss their research ideas in relation to behavioral science. The colloquium also features invited research talks.|
|Objective||Students know and can apply autonomously up-to-date investigation methods and techniques in the behavioral sciences. They achieve the ability to develop their own ideas in the field and to communicate their ideas in oral presentations and in written papers. The credits will be obtained by a written report of approximately 10 pages.|
|Content||This colloquium offers an opportunity for students to discuss their ongoing research and scientific ideas in the behavioral sciences, both at the micro- and macro-levels of cognitive, behavioral and social science. It also offers an opportunity for students from other disciplines to discuss their ideas in so far as they have some relation to behavioral science. The possible research areas are wide and may include theoretical as well as empirical approaches in Social Psychology and Research on Higher Education, Sociology, Modeling and Simulation in Sociology, Decision Theory and Behavioral Game Theory, Economics, Research on Learning and Instruction, Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science. Ideally the students (from Bachelor, Master, Ph.D. and Post-Doc programs) have started to start work on their thesis or on any other term paper.|
Course credit can be obtained either based on a talk in the colloquium plus a written essay, or by writing an essay about a topic related to one of the other talks in the course. Students interested in giving a talk should contact the course organizers (Ziegler, Kapur) before the first session of the semester. Priority will be given to advanced / doctoral students for oral presentations. The course credits will be obtained by a written report of approximately 10 pages. The colloquium also serves as a venue for invited talks by researchers from other universities and institutions related to behavioral and social sciences.
|Literature||Will be provided on request.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Doctoral students in D-GESS can obtain 2 credit points for presenting their dissertation research plan.|
|851-0252-12L||The Science of Learning From Failure |
Number of participants limited to 60.
|2 credits||2S||M. Kapur, A. Nardo, E. Ziegler|
|Abstract||We can learn from failure! But, what does “failure” mean? And, what, how, and why do we learn from failure? This course covers research from the cognitive, educational, and learning sciences that addresses the role of failure in human learning. Students will critically examine how failure affects thinking, knowledge, creativity, problem-solving, etc.|
- Critically read and analyze articles on research that addresses failure in learning.
- Participate in in-class problem-solving activities around research in failure.
- Discuss and reflect upon topics in both online and face-to-face formats.
- Engage in activities through the online platform.
- Complete a final paper on a subtopic related to failure in learning.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role that failure plays in learning.
- Discuss how and why failure can benefit learning.
- Discuss how and why failure does not facilitate learning.
- Apply understanding to a related sub-topic.
|Content||We learn from our mistakes, or rather, we certainly hope that we do. Another way to say this is that we can learn from failure. But, what does “failure” mean? And, what, how, and why do we learn from failure? This course covers research from the cognitive, educational, and learning sciences that addresses the role of failure in human learning. Students will critically examine how failure affects development of knowledge, creativity, problem-solving, and general thinking and learning. More specifically, they will have the opportunity to question and evaluate the potential relationships between the facets around failure within individual, interactional, cultural, societal, and global contexts through seminal readings and problem-solving activities oriented to real world issues. Students from any discipline are welcome to this course to learn more about how failure can be harnessed to improve our knowledge, capabilities, innovations, teamwork, and contribute to the larger global world.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||This seminar is an interactive course, thus attendance and classroom participation are required.|
"The course is held as 2 separate courses with each a maximum of 30 students: one course in German and one course in English."
|851-0252-14L||Introduction to Methods in Learning Sciences|
Course registration targeted at students interested in learning sciences research and higher education. Language of performance assessment will be English.
|2 credits||2S||M. Kapur, V. Gashaj, T. Sinha|
|Abstract||The course aims at providing students with practical knowledge and skill of processing, interpreting and analyzing empirical educational data, including different lenses through which to view the nature of inquiry in the field, research design, and an overview of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.|
|Objective||The course will be centered around exploring methodological perspectives by focusing on conceptual aspects of datasets and experiments in the Learning Sciences. Face-to-face meetings will be held every fortnight, although students will be expected to work individually on weekly tasks (e.g., discussing relevant literature, creating and justifying research designs, performing data anaylsis)|
|Content||The course has the following components: a) Planning design-based research/research designs, b) Overview of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods in Learning Sciences, c) Ethics of Learning Sciences research|