Learning and Cognition
EDEP 5114 @ Virginia Tech
Course Information Instructor Information
EDEP 5114: Learning and Cognition Peter Doolittle
1750 Kraft Drive • Room 2102 201 Public Safety Building
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 9:50 pm pdoo@vt.edu
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Instructor Information
Peter Doolittle
201 Public Safety Building
pdoo@vt.edu
Course Information
EDEP 5114: Learning and Cognition
1750 Kraft Drive • Room 2102
Tuesdays 7:00-9:50 pm
Course Purpose
How do we learn?
What do we learn?
Why do we learn?
Course Description
Learning
The question of how humans learn has been the focus of scientific study for over 100 years. In this time, learning has been examined behaviorally, socially, cognitively, and neurologically. Ultimately, what has emerged is a complex view of learning as an adaptive process involving humans interacting with their environment, other humans, and themselves.
Knowledge
As humans interact with their environment, other humans, and themselves, they develop an understanding of what works, and what doesn't. They integrate what they already know with current experiences to create new conceptual, procedural, and conditional knowledge. Ultimately, humans develop knowledge of how to navigate their lives.
Application
Humans learn to navigate their lives by applying their knowledge to the world around them $mdash; a world full of people, objects, technology, education, decisions, and needs. Humans leverage their knowledge to learn, act, feel, and think more effectively. Ultimately, humans apply what they know to successfully live their lives.
Course Goals
Goal 1

Students will understand theories of learning and their application.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to explain theories of learning.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to apply theories of learning to everyday life, formal and informal education, and information, productivity, and social technologies.

Goal 2

Students will understand the interrelationship between learning, memory, and cognition.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to explain the role that memory plays in learning and cognition.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to apply principles of memory to everyday life, formal and informal education, and information, productivity, and social technologies.

Goal 3

Students will understand human agency from the perspective of learning, memory, and cognition.

Outcome 5: Students will be to explain human agency through self-efficacy, self-regulation, and self-motivation.

Outcome 6: Students will be to apply principles of agency to everyday life, formal and informal education, and information, productivity, and social technologies.

Course Pedagogy
Course Readings

The course, in pursuit of its three primary questions, is structured in several parts:

  1. The Course, Students, & Instructor
  2. Behaviorism
  3. Social Cognitive Theory
  4. Contextual Perspectives
  5. Emotion and Learning
  6. Cognitive Psychology
  7. Complex Learning
  8. Motivation
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