EDIT 9990 - Spring 2006
Doctoral Topical Seminar on Design-Based Research

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EDIT 9990 is a Doctoral Topical Seminar that has been organized in response to interests expressed by the doctoral students and faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology at The University of Georgia. Students and faculty share the responsibility for shaping the objectives, content, pedagogy, tasks, and assessment in this learning environment.

The basic pedagogical foundation is "constructionism," defined by Seymour Papert (1993) as the principle "that people learn by actively constructing new knowledge, not by having information 'poured' into their heads [and] that people learn with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in 'constructing' personally meaningful artifacts." In this seminar, the artifacts will be contributions to an Electronic Performance Support System (EPSS) for instructional (educational) technologists.

Open and frank communications among all participants are encouraged. Feel free to contact the seminar leaders and other participants via e-mail, phone, fax, or in person if you have any questions or problems concerning this seminar. We'll depend on this web site as both a vehicle for communications and an environment for learning. Please visit this web site often. Attendance is important in this course because we only meet face-to-face five times during the semester! Please advise the seminar leaders in advance if you must miss a seminar meeting.

Papert, S. (1993). The Children's machine: Rethinking school in the age of the computer. New York: Basic Books.

Preparation and Participation

Your active participation in this seminar is essential so plan to participate on time, be prepared, and be ready to be challenged. Lack of preparation and failure to engage in the many learning opportunities in this seminar will be taken into account in your final grade.  


You are expected to attend the five face-to-face classes, arrive on time, and stay for the duration of the meeting. You are expected to be active in the online discussions. We, the seminar leaders, expect you to let me know ahead of time if you will be absent or late for class and, if this is not possible, to be in touch with me as soon as you can thereafter. As the seminar leaders, we can usually be reached, by both phone and email, in our offices before class. 

Students With Special Needs

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), The University of Georgia College of Education seeks to provide equal access to individuals with disabilities. Students who have a disability and need specific accommodations and support to facilitate full inclusion of all aspects of the course should make an appointment with me during the first week of the term. To register for services, students may go to Disability Services located in Clark Howell Hall (706-542-8719, TTY 706-542-8778, www.dissvcs.uga.edu

Academic Honesty

The University of Georgia seeks to promote and ensure academic honesty and personal integrity among students and other members of the University Community. A policy on academic honesty has been developed to serve these goals. All members of the academic community are responsible for knowing the policy and procedures on academic honesty. These can be reviewed online at http://www.uga.edu/ovpi/academic_honesty/academic_honesty.htm


Incompletes will be assigned only in cases of illness, accident, or other catastrophic occurrences beyond a student’s control. 

Electronic Devices

As a courtesy to all, you are asked to turn off cell phones and beepers during face-to-face meetings.