UCLIC Research Seminar Series
The promise of new digital technologies to improve education has raised expectations around the world, but so far the results have been disappointing. While the internet and video lectures provide wide access to content, access alone does not deliver strong learning outcomes. What is needed are tools that engage learners actively in the discovery of new skills and ideas, using continuous practice and targeted feedback. Increasingly there is recognition that metacognitive skills -- the sociocultural context and infrastructure for learning -- also has huge impact on outcomes. This talk will focus on the learning gains made possible when one uses knowledge about learning and its context to design technology-enhanced learning tools.
Justine Cassell is Associate Dean of Technology Strategy and Impact and Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and Director Emerita of the Human Computer Interaction Institute,. She co-directs the Yahoo-CMU InMind partnership on the future of personal assistants. Previously Cassell was faculty at Northwestern University where she founded the Technology and Social Behavior Center and Doctoral Program. Before that she was a tenured professor at the MIT Media Lab. Cassell received the MIT Edgerton Prize and Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision award, in 2011 was named to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics, in 2012 named a AAAS fellow, and in 2016 made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Scotland. Cassell has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos for the past 5 years on topics concerning the impact of new technology on society.