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Colloquium - Derry

Cognitive Transfer Revisited: Exploiting New Media to Bridge the Gap between College and Professional Practice
University of Wisconsin-Madison

An important practical and theoretical question is how to make the ideas we offer in college classrooms truly useful in students' future professional lives. We need practical, high-impact solutions for large-scale instructional needs such as teacher education. Conceptualizing this focus as part of a continuum of professional development that begins with college, we work within traditional settings constrained by resources and by historical and institutional contexts.

Our goal is to overcome these constraints and orient higher education toward desired transitions by proposing and evaluating realistic instructional innovations that are grounded in the science of learning and exploit the power of new media to overcome what is traditionally conceptualized as the cognitive transfer problem. The learning science that must be brought to bear includes:

  1. studies of the professional practices we are preparing students to enter;

  2. scientific understanding of how people perceptually experience professional environments, and how they learn and interact socially within them; and

  3. prototype designs that illustrate how new media can help students construct knowledge representations that will support their future work and learning.

I will highlight my presentation with examples from my work in teacher education.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)