Leadership + Staff-DataLab - Carnegie Mellon University

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Leadership + Staff

DataLab and DataShop are led by CMU staff with long histories in the EDM community. Now a part of the Simon Initiative, its leadership can be contacted with questions or opportunities to expand the world’s largest bank of educational data.


DataLab Leadership Team

 Ken KoedingerKen Koedinger
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Psychology, School of Computer Science and Dietrich College
Email: koedinger@cmu.edu | Office phone: 412-268-7667

Kenneth R. Koedinger is a professor of Human Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Koedinger has an M.S. in Computer Science, a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, and experience teaching in an urban high school. His multidisciplinary background supports his research goals of understanding human learning and creating educational technologies that increase student achievement. Dr. Koedinger has created Cognitive Models, computer simulations of student thinking and learning that are used to guide the design of educational materials, practices, and technologies. These Cognitive Models provide the basis for an approach to educational technology called Cognitive Tutors that support learning within rich problem-solving environments. With his colleagues, he has developed Cognitive Tutors for mathematics, science, and language and has tested them in the laboratory and as part of real courses. Dr. Koedinger’s research has contributed new principles and techniques for the design of educational software and has produced basic cognitive science research results on the nature of mathematical thinking and learning. Dr. Koedinger has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications, has received many best paper awards, and has been funded by over 30 grants. Dr. Koedinger is a co-founder of Carnegie Learning, Inc. and leads LearnLab, the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (see learnlab.org). The center leverages computational approaches to identify the instructional conditions that cause robust student learning.

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Norman Bier Norman Bier
Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
Email: nbier@cmu.edu | Office phone: 412-268-2847

Norman Bier is Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and Core Collaborations at Carnegie Mellon University. His work at OLI sits at the intersection of CMU’s internal educational practice, ongoing learning science research and external collaboration.

Norman has spent his career at the intersection of learning and technology, working to expand access to and improve the quality of education. His experience spans the higher educational sector, including 2-year and 4-year; public and private; domestic and international; and commercial institutions. Prior to joining OLI, he was Director of Training and Development at iCarnegie Inc., a CMU subsidiary chartered to deliver software development education through international partner institutions. Using technology and faculty support, iCarnegie reaches thousands of students who would otherwise not have access to a CMU-level education. He has taught computer science courses as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County, philosophy courses at Carnegie Mellon University and served as a founding committee member of the Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as board member for the Kaleidoscope Project and the Shady Lane School.


DataLab Staff Contributors

Michael Bett
Managing Director, Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center
Email: mbett@cs.cmu.edu
Office: 412-268-8616
Judy Brooks
Director, Educational Technology and Design, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence
Email: judybrooks@cmu.edu
Office: 412-268-4972
Marsha Lovett
Director, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence
Email: lovett@andrew.cmu.edu
Office: 412-268-3499

Richard Schienes
Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Email: scheines@cmu.edu
Office: 412-268-2831

John Stamper
Technical Director, Datashop, Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center 
Email: john@stamper.org
Office: 412-268-9690