Spending Your Money Wisely

 

Overview

Spending Your Money Wisely is an online course design aimed at high school and undergraduate college students, and meant to teach them about how to spend their money in a financially literate manner. The course was designed for a Moodle platform and included various instructional technologies common to online course implementations, including video lectures, cognitive tutors, and conversational agents.

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A screenshot of the final course with an installed theme. This shot captures one of the lesson sequences that was designed based on the learning goals of the course.

Context

Course Programming Usable Interfaces Lab during the fall semester of 2014 – Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

My Role

Instructional Designer / Technologist

  • Designed assessments and instruction based on learning goals of the course
  • Managed the course using Moodle and plugins including themes
  • Implemented various technologies including video lectures, cognitive tutors, and conversational agents

 

Course Implementation

Aside from outlining the major learning goals and creating the sequence of the lessons with corresponding assessments and instructional activities, managing how the instructions and goals of each lesson were displayed was one of the major changes that resulted from prototype testing.

 

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Displaying the learning goals on the homepage of the course so that the learners can refer to them while completing the lesson.

 

Some of the other major features of the course included a video lecture to teach the concept of insurance, a cognitive tutor to teach the learner how to build a budget, and a conversational agent which afforded a chat activity in which the learner could discuss their understanding of different types of expenses.
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Cognitive tutor for building a budget. Built in Adobe Flash with a corresponding behavior graph which mapped common errors of novice budget builders.

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A screenshot of the conversational agent guiding a chat activity.

 

 

 

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