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Colloquium - Collins

The Role of Different Media in Designing Learning Environments
Northwestern University
11/18/1999
3:30pm-4:45pm

As a broader array of communication tools is developed, designers of learning environments need a better understanding of what kinds of communication each medium is best suited for. Each of the new media have different affordances and constraints. One of our principles for the design of learning environments is "Render unto each medium what it does best." This talk is an attempt to state some of what we know about what different media are good for.

Dr. Allan Collins is Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and Research Professor of Education at Boston College. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and served as first chair of the Cognitive Science Society. He is best known in psychology for his work on semantic memory and mental models, in artificial intelligence for his work on plausible reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems, and in education for his work on inquiry teaching, cognitive apprenticeship, situated learning, epistemic games, and systemic validity in educational testing. From 1991 to 1994 he was Co-Director of the US Department of Education's Center for Technology in Education centered at Bank Street College of Education.

Refreshments will be served in ECOT 831 immediately following the talk.
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