Instructional Methods Computer Science

CIT 651 is a graduate-level educational technology course offered by the UNLV Department of Teaching and Learning.

Course Description: Study of research-based practices and methods in the teaching of computer science topics including algorithmic processes and their principles, object orientation and programming, elements of software design and usability, data abstraction and logic structures, and interface design. Emphasis is on project-based learning (PBL) strategies in a web-based development environment.

Target Audience: Educators interested in teaching computer programming. Appropriate for K-12 and adult educators.

Prerequisite knowledge: A previous educational technology course or equivalent experience is recommended. A basic understanding of one computer programming language is also recommended.

Offered: UNLV Summer session II

Relevant Credentials:

This course is designed to meet the methods of teaching computer science requirement for the Nevada Department of Education endorsement to teach advanced computer science.

This course can also be used as an elective in many Curriculum and Instruction graduate degrees. See your advisor for confirmation of applicability to your program.

Course in MyUNLV (navigate to C -> CIT -> CIT 651)

For more information, contact kendall.hartley@unlv.edu.

Instructional Methods Computer Applications

CIT 649 is a graduate-level educational technology course offered by the UNLV Department of Teaching and Learning.

Course Description: Study of research-based practices and methods for teaching computer applications. Emphasis on developing project-based instructional activities for teaching digital technologies in the elementary/secondary classroom or professional development settings.

Target Audience: Educators interested in teaching computer applications and other technologies. Appropriate for K-12 and adult educators.

Prerequisite knowledge: A previous educational technology course or equivalent experience is recommended.

Offered: UNLV Summer session II

Relevant Credentials:

This course is designed to meet the methods of teaching computer applications requirement for the Nevada Department of Education endorsements to a) teach computer technology and b) teach advanced computer science.

This course can also be used as an elective in many Curriculum and Instruction graduate degrees. See your advisor for confirmation of applicability to your program.

Course in MyUNLV (navigate to C -> CIT -> CIT 649)

For more information, contact kendall.hartley@unlv.edu.

Smartphone and Learning Inventory (SALI)

This inventory is designed to measure the use of the smartphone as it relates to learning. Details of the measure development can be found in the 2020 publication cited below.

Hartley, K., Bendixen, L. D., Olafson, L., Gianoutsos, D., & Shreve, E. (2020). Development of the smartphone and learning inventory: Measuring self-regulated use. Education and Information Technologies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10179-3

Educational Research in the Internet Age

20 years ago, Lisa Bendixen and I wrote an article for the American Educational Research Association’s journal Educational Researcher entitled Educational Research in the Internet Age. The article reflected the concerns of a lot of educators at the time regarding the impact of this new tool, the World Wide Web. The article has been cited 371 times as of today.

In this paper, we reviewed the import of individual characteristics when investigating the impact of the Internet. Prior research had provided ample evidence that, for example, learners self-regulatory skills are critical to student success. It was reasonable to believe these skills would also be critical, if not more critical, in the new learning environments that were quickly taking hold in classrooms.

Similar questions can now be asked regarding the ubiquitous smartphone. Lisa and I are now looking how these individual characteristics are reflected in the use (and non-use) of the smartphone. Results forthcoming . . .