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FDM3509 Learning Behaviour 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDM3509 (Autumn 2014–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Behaviorism, cognitive psychology, activity theory, multimedia learning, gamification, behavioral economics, motivation theories, Keller´s ARCS model for motivational design, irrational behaviour and persuasive technologies, and how these can be applied to improve learning.

Intended learning outcomes

By participation in the course the course participant should be able to

  • Describe a number of learning theories and how they can be applied within TEL
  • Design TEL that utilises for the situation relevant gamification aspects and persuasive technologies, and apply this on own research
  • Design TEL that utilises for the situation relevant aspects from motivation theories and the behavioural economics, and apply this on own research.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Doctoral students in Media Technology, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science and close fields.

Recommended prerequisites

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Articles to read, both articles proposed by teachers for respective part, and articles that are searched for by the participants according to instructions on the course web page.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    • SEM1 - Seminar, 7.5 credits, grading scale P, F

    Other requirements for final grade

    Completion of all assignments before each seminar and design of a TEL based course module.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Ethical approach

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

    Course web

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    Offered by

    EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design

    Main field of study

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    Education cycle

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Media Technology and Interaction Design