Fall 2019 - EDUC 893 G001

Organizational and Social Aspects of Learning Technology Design (4)

Class Number: 1117

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    Location: TBA



Reviews constructive approaches to integrating learning technologies, provides analysis tools from cultural historical activity theory, reviews impact of organizational culture and draws on visualization of social activity networks. Organization and change strategies are examined in higher, school and workplace learning; providing a source for designing organizational learning technologies.


The course deals with grounded design of learning environments and technologies based on learner and organizational context. It focuses on sociocultural and situated learning perspectives to human cognition and learning technology use such as cultural historical activity theory and organizational analysis. Organizations and change strategies are examined to contextualize the design and use of technology enhanced learning environments. Prospective teachers and educational consultants will benefit from this course for it helps them to understand the context of organizations and learners for addressing problems of practice and designing engaging learning environments.


  • Summary of assigned readings 20%
  • Facilitating discussion 15%
  • Activity theory project 30%
  • Communities of practice project 30%
  • Class attendance and participation 5%



Wenger, E., White, N & Smith, J. D. (2009). Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for communities. CP Square 
ISBN: 9780982503607


Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning and identity. Cambridge University Press 
ISBN: 9780521663632

Articles and book chapters will be made available on Canvas 


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