Seminar - Psychology and technology-enhanced learning

15 April 2010

The Relationship between psychology and technology enhanced learning - As an undergraduate psychologist over 20 years ago (gulp) I was drawn to the area of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) as it seemed to offer me a way to develop, test and refine theories of learning. In this talk I want to describe how my approach to testing psychology within TEL has changed over this time, how the technologies, issues and methodologies have matured, give examples of some old but mostly new studies and systems, and ultimately reflect on whether I still think the goal is a valid one.

Dr Shaaron Ainsworth is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, University of Nottingham. She has a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a PhD in Learning Sciences. Dr Ainsworth has over fifteen years of research experience. Her work typically focuses on the roles of multiple and visual representations and on the design and evaluation of interactive technologies (e.g. authoring tools, educational games, mobile learning, CSCL). This research been supported by the ESRC and EPSRC (UK), Sixth Framework Programme (EU) and Office of Naval Research & National Science Foundation (USA) .She has published 60 journal papers, high quality conference papers and book chapters on these topics. She sits on the management board of the University of Nottingham's Learning Sciences Research Institute, a joint venture between the Schools of Psychology, Education and Computer Science where she supervises PhD students for all three schools.

This seminar is brought to you jointly by the faculty's CoCo Research Centre, CHAI at the School of Information Technologies and Latte from Software Engineering.

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Time: 11am-12:30pm

Location: rm 230, Education Bldg, University of Sydney

Cost: Free