Co-creation of Knowledge in Technology-Enhanced Communities of Learning

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סמינר המגמה לטכנולוגיות בחינוך באוניברסיטת חיפה ומרכז המצויינות LINKS לחקר למידה בקהילות מתוגברות טכנולוגיה
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בבניין הפקולטה לחינוך, בחדר 362

Prof. Janet Kolodner - "The Promises of Learning Technologies: A View from the Learning Sciences

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:45 to 17:45

From August, 2010, through July, 2014, I had the privilege of heading up a program at the National Science Foundation called Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (formerly Cyberlearning: Transforming Education). From that vantage point, I had a bird’s-eye view of research and development activity focused on learning technologies across the nation and the imaginations of colleagues across disciplines and expertise as they imagined ways technology might foster learning. I will use that perspective and what is known about how people learn to help those in the audience imagine a future for learning technologies, and along with that, an imagination about what education could look like 10 or 15 years from now if we join the possibilities afforded by today’s technologies with what is known about how people learn.


Janet Kolodner is a Regents’ Professor Emerita from the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research for the past 35 years has addressed a wide variety of issues in learning, memory, and problem solving, both in computers and in people. During the 1980’s, she pioneered the computer method called case-based reasoning (CBR), which allows a computer to reason and learn from its experiences. In the 1990’s and 2000s, she used the cognitive model in case-based reasoning to guide design of science curriculum for middle school. In another project, Kitchen Science Investigators, 5th and 6th graders learn science in the context of cooking. In Hovering Around, they learn about motion and forces, about air flow, and how to explain in the context of designing hovercraft.  She’s interested in how people learn and in how to use technology and good pedagogy to help them deepen their understanding and capabilities. She spent 4 years as a Program Officer at the US National Science Foundation from 2010 to 2014, founding and then heading up the program called Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies. In thinnest part of her career, she will be the chief architect of several large-scale integrative learning technologies projects and hopes to contribute to changing the public imagination both of what learning technologies can offer to education and of what education could be.