Seminar - Marcia Linn of Berkeley on Visualising Science

26 May 2010

Visualizing Science - Design Issues and Opportunities. Research on the educational potential of scientific visualizations is contradictory. Like any other instructional approach, visualizations can contribute to learning or even interfere with learning. Furthermore, designs of visualizations interact with embedding instruction. This talk will illustrate how interactive, responsive visualizations can support students in making sense of unseen processes, conducting virtual experiments, and exploring phenomena such as global climate change. I will discuss how the contradictory findings stem, in part, from the deceptive clarity that leads some students to overestimate their understanding of visualizations and miss the benefit of the experience. Results from a series of studies conducted by the Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) center comparing instructional alternatives suggest ways to counter this deceptive clarity. These studies suggest patterns and principles to guide designers as they incorporate visualizations into interactive science instruction.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 26 May, 2010
Time: 11:00-12:30pm
Location: Rm 230, Education Bldg, University of Sydney Map and directions
RSVP: Please RSVP for this seminar using the online form at the CoCo Research Centre seminar page.

About Professor Linn

Marcia C. Linn is professor of development and cognition specializing in education in mathematics, science, and technology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 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. She directs the NSF-funded Technology-enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) center. Board service includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science board, the Graduate Record Examination Board of the Educational Testing Service, the McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Education Practice board, and the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

Linn earned her Ph. D. 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.

Linn's 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 (TEC) series for Teachers College Press.

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 Council of Scientific Society Presidents first award for Excellence in Educational Research.See for more information.

Time: 11:00-12:30pm

Location: Rm 230, Education Bldg, University of Sydney

Cost: Free

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