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Course Name Assessing Effectiveness of Learning Technology
Course Code 24CLT633
Program M. Sc. Cognitive Sciences, Learning and Technology
Semester Electives
Credits 3
Campus Amritapuri


Unit I

Unit I: Audio-Visual Interaction via Smartphone and Tablet
Case Study: Spoken Language Learning.
Gamification, bite-size learning strategies.
Student Project: Design a mini-game for teaching a specific topic, demonstrating the alignment of interaction and pedagogical principles.

Unit II

Unit II: AR/VR and Haptic Interaction
Analysis of case studies of Ammachi Labs projects such as motorcycle maintenance, bar bending, construction, etc.
Structure and design of Immersive environments
Student Project – students design their own mini-VR interaction to teach a specific topic, with a clear articulation of how the interaction and pedagogy map.

Unit III

Unit III: Text-Based AI trainer
Case Study: Using LLMs as a skills trainer.
Learning theories in the context of dialogs, the role of questioning in learning,
Strengths and limitations of text-based learning.
Study Project: Design a text-based AI ‘persona’ capable of guiding learning through question-answering.


Prerequisite: none

Building upon foundational knowledge from previous courses, this advanced course dives into three major interaction modalities—audio-visual touchscreen interfaces for phones and tablets, AR/VR and haptic interfaces, and text-based AI interactions. Focused on optimizing these interfaces for various pedagogical approaches, students will critically analyze the opportunities and limitations inherent to each modality, considering the cognitive needs of learners to design effective educational technologies.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives:

Students will learn to:

To analyze the interaction modalities of audio-visual touchscreens, AR/VR and haptic, and text-based AI.
To understand the cognitive needs of learners in relation to different technological interfaces.
To apply theoretical knowledge in designing optimized interfaces for specific pedagogical approaches.

Course Outcomes:

CO1:Design and evaluate audio-visual touchscreen interfaces for educational purposes.
CO2: Conceptualize and develop immersive learning experiences using AR/VR and haptic technologies.
CO3: Create effective text-based AI trainers tailored to specific learning outcomes.


  • Design and development of interactive learning technologies.
  • Critical analysis of interface design in the context of learner engagement and pedagogy.
  • Practical application of design principles to create customized educational experiences.

Program outcome PO – Course Outcomes CO Mapping

CO4 X-

Evaluation Pattern:

Assessment Internal External
Midterm Exam 30
*Continuous Assessment (CA) 20
End Semester 50

*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports, and Seminar


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