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
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.