Carnegie Learning, Inc. Co-Founder Awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science - Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Carnegie Learning, Inc. Co-Founder Awarded Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science

The Franklin Institute this week presented the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science to John R. Anderson, PhD, for the development of the first large-scale theory of the process by which humans perceive, learn and reason, and its application to computer tutoring systems. Anderson is a co-founder of Carnegie Learning, Inc. and his Adaptive Control of Thought (ACT) theory is the psychological model that is the foundation of the company’s Cognitive Tutor® software.

The 186-year-old Franklin Awards are among the most prestigious in their fields. Past winners include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright, Marie and Pierre Curie, and Jane Goodall.

Anderson, the R. K. Mellon University Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, created ACT-based computer tutoring systems that used interactive techniques to teach math and computer programming. Early trials of the Cognitive Tutor® proved that students using the software learned the material much faster and attained better grades than other students limited to traditional textbook methods. Carnegie Learning, Inc. was formed in 1999 to develop and market K12 math education curricula based on this approach to learning.

“John Anderson’s work introduced a previously unreached level of detail and specificity to the application of cognitive science to education,” said Dr. Steve Ritter, chief scientist at Carnegie learning, Inc., and a former student of Dr. Anderson’s. “What distinguishes John’s work is its remarkable impact on the field of education. His theory and ongoing research are changing the way we teach math by providing a much deeper understanding of how to effectively differentiate and individualize instruction.”

Currently, over 1000 school districts and more than 500,000 students each year learn math using Cognitive Tutor® software. Carnegie Learning® Math programs are adopted in 15 states and are implemented in school reform and improvement programs in Miami-Dade, Chicago Public Schools, and the Recovery School District, among many others. Carnegie Learning is an approved School Improvement Partner in the states of Michigan, West Virginia, and Hawaii.

Article Courtesy of Business Wire