In Honor of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab's 30th Anniversary, we 
would like to invite you to the fourth lecture in our Distinguished 
Lecturer Series 

Mark Guzdial, GA Tech
"Making Online Education Work"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11am
2324 Computer and Space Sciences Building, University of 
Maryland-College Park

In my research group, we have been exploring how to make online 
education effective for over 15 years.  We have learned how 
contextualizing collaboration can lead to longer on-topic discussions, 
but how student perceptions can dramatically inhibit discussion.  We 
have shown that well-designed online activities can lead to better 
learning at reduced cost (including time costs for the student and 
instructor).  The student audience matters, as we learned when studying 
how graphics designers teach themselves programming using online 
resources.  We are currently developing an ebook for high school 
teachers, who need to learn under tight time constraints.  In working on 
our ebook, we have shown that explicit subgoal labels in videos leads to 
improved retention and transfer.

Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in 
the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. His 
research focuses on learning sciences and technology, specifically, 
computing education research. He has published several books on the use 
of media as a context for learning computing. He was the original 
developer of the "Swiki" which was the first wiki designed for 
educational use. He was awarded a joint Ph.D. degree in Education and 
Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1993. He serves on 
the ACM's Education Council and the Special Interest Group in CS 
Education (SIGCSE) Board, and is on the editorial boards of the "Journal 
of the Learning Sciences," "ACM Transactions on Computing Education," 
and "Communications of the ACM." With his wife and colleague, Barbara 
Ericson, he received the 2010 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator 
award. He was also the recipient of the 2012 IEEE Computer Society 
Undergraduate Teaching Award.