Educational Psychology (EDPY) 479

Introduction to Computer-Based Instruction (Revision 3)


Temporarily closed, effective December 18, 2015.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: PSYC 289 or PSYC 387 is strongly recommended. NOTE: For students in the Bachelor of Arts, EDUC 201 or EDUC 301 or EDUC 309 or EDPY 200 is strongly recommended.

EDPY 479 requires no previous knowledge of HTML or JavaScript, but does demand skills acquired previously in basic microcomputer use, including some use of an Internet browser.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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EDPY 479 is not available for Challenge.

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This course explores various facets of the application of computers to the teaching-learning process. Topics include an overview of theoretical foundations, technologies for teaching and learning, technology applications for effective instruction, implications for teaching and learning styles, the relationship between the psychology of learning and computer-based instruction, exploration of distance education delivery systems, and social, legal, and ethical issues of technology use. The course includes a laboratory component in which students learn to develop computer-based lessons using an Internet browser as a delivery device and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and JavaScript as tools for lesson development.


To receive credit for EDPY 479, you must complete the course project, achieve a mark of 50 percent or more on the final examination, and achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the assignments is as follows:

Unit 1: Introduce Yourself 2%
  View Video 2%
  PowerPoint Presentation of DID model 5%
  Quiz 1—Chapters 1 & 2 3%
Unit 2: Education Home Page 5%
  Quiz 2—Chapters 3 & 4 3%
Unit 3: Web Assignment on Concept Mapping 5%
  Quiz 3—Chapters 5 & 6 3%
Unit 4: Web Drill 8%
  Quiz 4—Chapters 7 & 8 3%
Unit 5: Image Map & Frameset 8%
  Quiz 5—Chapters 9 & 10 3%
Unit 6: Quiz 6—Chapter 11 3%
  Course Project 22%
  Final Exam (Chapters 1–12) *25%
Total   100%

*If a student scores less than 50 per cent on the final examination, the final examination score will serve as the student’s course grade.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Note: The final examination for this course must be taken online at an invigilated location. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is available for your use at the invigilation centre.

Course Materials


Lever-Duffy, J., & McDonald, J. B. (2008). Teaching and Learning with Technology [with free access to MyLabSchool] 3rd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Other Materials

The course materials also include online materials produced by Athabasca University: student manual, study guide, and online tutorials.

Special Instructional Features

In order to complete this course, students are expected to have access to an IBM PC-compatible microcomputer (or MAC equivalent) that is capable of downloading and operating an Internet browser program (e.g., Netscape 4.0, Firefox 2.0, and Internet Explorer 5.0).

The minimum configuration for an IBM PC-compatible computer is: Windows 98, 64 MB RAM, hard disk, a 486 processor, a graphics card, a modem of 28,800 baud, and a printer.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, May 27, 2009.

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Updated May 10 2016 by SAS