Sahana Murthy
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary Program in Education Technology, IIT Bombay

Research approach and topics

In my research, I consider educational technology as the use of appropriate technology tools integrated with pedagogical strategies derived from our understanding of learning. Technology-enhanced learning environments and its associated pedagogies are designed to tap the affordances of the tools, to solve the teaching-learning problem taking into account the local context. In line with this approach, my research is focused on the themes below.

Technology Enhanced Learning of Thinking skills (TELoTS)

An important goal of education is that in addition to content, students develop thinking skills such as design thinking, systems thinking, divergent-convergent thinking, algorithmic thinking, question-posing, estimation, modeling and so on. Learners are expected to use these thinking skills for sense-making and problem-solving across various domains in educational settings and in the workplace.

Along with my PhD students and faculty colleagues in IDP-ET, we design and implement technology enhanced learning environments to promote thinking skills among undergraduate students. We evaluate student learning and transfer of these thinking skills using a design-based research approach. The specific topics of research are in my Students page. Some relevant publications related to this area are:

  • Development of engineering design competencies using TELE-EDesC: Do the competencies transfer? Madhuri Mavinkurve and Sahana Murthy. IEEE 15th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2015), Hualein, Taiwan, July 7-9, 2015. [pdf]
  • A Self Study Learning Environment for Modeling Abilities: Do all learners take the same learning path? Anura Kenkre and Sahana Murthy.Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Technology for Education (T4E 2014) Kollam, India, December 18-21, 2014. [pdf]
  • Exploring Student Difficulties in Divide and Conquer Skill with a Mapping Tool. Aditi Kothiyal and Sahana Murthy. Workshop on Technology Enhanced Learning on Thinking Skills (TELoTS), at the 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education, (ICCE 2015), Hangzhou, China. November 30- December 4, 2015. [pdf]

Teacher use of educational technology

The potential of educational technology tools is lost without integration appropriate pedagogical strategies. Instructors not only need to have a knowledge of which tools are relevant, but more importantly how to integrate them effectively in the teaching-learning process. This research has led to the creation of frameworks and models for effective integration of ET tools, designs for faculty professional development programs and development of technology enhanced learning systems for instructors to create meaningful learning designs. Some relevant publications related to this area are:

  • ET4ET: A large-scale professional development program on effective integration of Educational Technology for engineering faculty. Sahana Murthy, Sridhar Iyer and Jayakrishnan Warriem. Educational Technology & Society, vol. 18(3), pp. 16-28. [pdf]
  • CuVis Tool to Develop Instructorsí Competency in Creating Meaningful Learning Designs. Gargi Banerjee and Sahana Murthy. 23rd International Conference on Computers in Education, (ICCE 2015), Hangzhou, China. November 30- December 4, 2015. [pdf]

A complete list of publications is here.


IDP in Educational Technology
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