Philosophy of Computing in Education
CECS 6800.010/CECS 6000 

ECMP Core Course
(Tentative Information as of 5/10/04)


Instructor: Dr. Gerald Knezek

Catalog  Description:  CECS 6000 Philosophy of Computing in Education. An examination of the philosophical underpinnings of use of computers in education: why we are interested in this technology; what we hope to accomplish; intended and unintended changes that will occur by its use.

Classroom: Matthews 308

Meeting Dates:
Monday, May 10, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuesday, May 11, 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, May 12, 6:30-9:30pm (Lab)
Thursday, May 13, 6:30-9:30pm
Monday, May 24, 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, May 26, 6:30-9:30pm

Online Student Information Sheet

Description of the Course:
The purpose of this course is to look at three aspects of the computer in education.
1.    Machine learning/machine-intermediated learning--the computer as a device with which you communicate or where the machine is only an intermediary for human to human communications.
2.    The computer as tutor/ tool/tutee--depending on your philosophy, the computer can take on different functions in education. Which fits your style and why?
3.    Pedagogy—what is technology’s role in education; how can it help you be a better teacher? Starting at the beginning - what is pedagogy and what is a good teacher?

The class meetings will be M, T, Th nights the first week of Maymester (May 10-14). Each night will cover one of the aspects. There will be three assignments and a term paper. Assignment 1 is on aspect 1, assignment 2 on aspect 2, and assignment 3 on aspect 3. It will be due one week from the date assigned. You will send it to the class listserv. The second week of Maymester (May 17-21) is when the three assignments are due and there will be no class meetings. The third and final week of Maymester (May 24-26) there will be two class meetings. The first (Monday night) will be a seminar discussion related to the course and to the term papers. The second (Wednesday night) will be a time for everyone to make presentations about their term paper. In addition to the above mentioned class meetings and assignments, a list of 6 or so movies related to pedagogy and philosophy will be given and each student is to view 3 of those movies.

Presentation of Final Projects:
Wednesday, May 26, 6:30-9:30pm




Haugeland, J. (1997). Mind design II. Philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence. Cambridge: MIT Press.
(available as an online e-book at UNT).



Contact Information:
Voice Mail: 940-565-4195
FAX 940-565-2185

Dr. Dana Arrowood

Mailing Address:
Technology and Cognition/UNT
P.O. Box 311335
Denton, TX  76203