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Colloquium - Newstetter

Agentive Learning on the Frontiers of Science
Georgia Institute of Technology

Biomedical engineering research laboratories are unique educational settings, supporting exceptionally rich, interdisciplinary learning for newcomers (undergrads) and old-timers (post-docs/PIs) alike. We have been investigating cognition and learning in two of these labs -- one developing engineered vascular tissue, the other studying "learning in a dish" -- using ethnographic methods and cognitive historical analysis.

Our findings in these innovation communities have caused us to re-evaluate certain traditional characterizations of cognition while revealing structures and principles both situated in the environment, which foster robust, life-long learning on the frontiers of science. Our goal is to translate these findings into design principles for more traditional learning environments. In my talk, I will discuss our findings on both the cognitive and learning fronts.

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)