March 9, 2004: Seminar, Speaker Mark Guzdial
Speaker: Mark Guzdial (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Title: Collaborative Dynabooks: A Research Agenda on Building Systems to Support Learning through Multimedia

Date: Tuesday March 9, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Room 1000 SEO

The desktop user interface was invented at Xerox PARC in the 1970's in pursuit of Alan Kay's vision of the Dynabook. A Dynabook is a platform for learning through creation and exploration of multimedia. 30 years of cognitive and learning sciences research suggests that the Dynabook vision holds promise for improving education, but it will work most powerfully in a collaborative context. In Georgia Tech's Collaborative Software Lab in the College of Computing, we are building forms of Collaborative Dynabooks that we are using in Computer Science classes. Our research suggests that we are impacting student learning, but more importantly, we are also finding that Collaborative Dynabooks offer us a new way of structuring how and what we teach. This talk presents our research in Collaborative Dynabooks and points toward the questions still to be answered.

Dr. Mark Guzdial is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing/GVU at Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Collaborative Software Laboratory. His lab developed and supports CoWeb/Swiki, one of the most popular of the WikiWikiWeb implementations. He is the author and co-editor of two books on Squeak, a language designed for multimedia and learning. He is just completing a book on introducing programming in a media context with collaborative infrastructure. He is on the editorial boards of "Interactive Learning Environments" and "Journal of the Learning Sciences."

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