Learning, Education, Technology and Society (LETS) Program
LETS is an integrated program that provides a structure for coordinating and integrating the work of three complementary programs: Educational Foundations, Educational Psychology and Information and Learning Technologies. Faculty members from these programs, together with a recently hired associate professor of LETS, collaborate on program design and development supported by cross-listed and shared courses.
The LETS approach to the study of education and individual and social development features the interplay of five perspectives:
- Interpretive perspectives use concepts and theories developed within the humanities and social sciences to assist students in examining, understanding and explaining education within different contexts.
- Normative perspectives assist students in examining and explaining education in light of value orientations.
- Critical perspectives employ normative interpretations to assist students in developing inquiry skills to question educational assumptions and arrangements and to identify contradictions and inconsistencies among social and educational values, policies and practices.
- Cybernetic/ecological perspectives on human learning and development assume the interaction of human and technological information and communication systems in complex ecologies.
- Interdisciplinary perspectives on human learning and development employ sociohistorical, sociocultural and technological areas of inquiry to understand teaching and learning and how to enhance learning.
Current LETS initiatives include development of an undergraduate track in human development and human resources and graduate coursework in educational foundations and learning ecologies.