Project brings together technology and teaching

23 May 2003

Peter Reimann, former Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, has joined the University's Faculty of Education and Social Work to co-head a new research team in the area of information and communication technologies in education.

He will be working alongside Peter Goodyear, currently Professor of Educational Research at Lancaster University in the UK, who is expected to join the faculty in July. Together they will help establish CoCo, the Centre for Research and Development on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition.

ICT is one of the fastest growing areas of both teaching and research in education.

Professor Reimann describes his primary research areas as learning and educational psychology with a focus on new educational technologies, multimedia-based and knowledge-based learning environments and the development of evaluation and assessment methods for the effectiveness of computer-based technologies, both on the individual and organisational level.

He is also involved in projects looking at individual and group problem solving and learning processes and the role of IT as a possible means of support. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Professor Goodyear has almost 20 years' experience in conducting research into the uses of new technology in higher education. Most recently, he worked with a team that produced the book Managing change in higher education: a learning environment architecture (Open University Press, 1996). He is also the founding director of Lancaster University's Studies in Advanced Learning Technology (CSALT).

The two professors will establish a laboratory built around the idea of a digitally amplified lab, to be located in the Education Building, supporting distributed instructional design, learning and teaching.

Ultimately, their goal is to overcome the current paradigm of computer-based learning and e-learning where learners sit in front of a computer and interact by means of keyboard and mouse. "The vision is of an open working and learning environment, comprising physical tools and occupying physical space, but digitally amplified by combining mobile, ambient, augmented and ubiquitous technologies," said Professor Reimann.

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