Seminar - Marcia Linn of Berkeley on visualising science

26 May 2010

Visualising Science – Design Issues and Opportunities– Research into the educational potential of scientific visualisations is contradictory. Like all instructional approaches, visualisations can contribute to, or interfere with, learning. As well, designs of visualisations interact with embedding instruction. This talk will illustrate how interactive, responsive visualisations can help students make sense of unseen processes, conduct virtual experiments, and explore phenomena such as global climate change. Professor Linn will discuss how the contradictory findings stem, in part, from the deceptive apparent clarity that leads some students to overestimate their understanding of visualisations and miss the benefit of the experience. Results from a series of studies conducted by the Technology-enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Center in the US suggest patterns and principles that designers of interactive science instruction can use to counter this problem.

Professor Marcia C Linn is professor of development and cognition in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where she specialises in education in mathematics, science and technology. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as chair of the AAAS Education Section and as president of the International Society of the Learning Sciences. Professor Linn directs the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Technology-enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Center . She has served on the boards of the AAAS, Graduate Record Examination Board of the Educational Testing Service, McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Education Practice, and Education and Human Resources Directorate at the NSF.

Professor Linn earned her PhD at Stanford University where she worked with Lee Cronbach. She spent a year in Geneva working with Jean Piaget, a year in Israel as a Fullbright Professor, and a year in London at University College. She has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. Her books include Computers, Teachers, Peers (2000), Internet Environments for Science Education (2004), Designing Coherent Science Education (2008), and WISE Science (2009). She chairs the Technology, Education — Connections series for Teachers College Press.

Professor Limm's awards include the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Award for Lifelong Distinguished Contributions to Science Education, the American Educational Research Association: Willystine Goodsell Award, and the inaugural award of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents for Excellence in Educational Research.

This seminar is one of a series on the sciences and technologies of learning, brought to you by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).

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Time: 11am-12.30pm

Location: Room 612, Education Building

Cost: Free

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