PIER Cohort: Amy Ogan
Amy Ogan, HCII (Advisors: Vincent Aleven, Chris Jones)
Primary research project (dissertation 5/2011) : Supporting Learner Social Relationships with Enculturated Pedagogical Agents
Graduated: May 2011
Current appt: Assistant Professor-CMU, HCII
Courses Amy is currently or previously teaching
Title: The Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century
Description: How can educational games and technology impact global poverty? Take an entrepreneurial approach to designing an educational initiative that uses technology to change the face of education in both the developing and industrialized world. Rapid changes in today’s world are fast rendering previously-acquired knowledge and skills obsolete, thereby creating an impetus for continual, lifelong learning. This challenge calls for leaders in society who can effect meaningful learning, in their roles as workplace managers, parents, and agents of change in their local communities. The course will equip participants with an integrated breadth of multidisciplinary knowledge about local educational contexts, the psychology behind how humans acquire expertise, educational computing technologies, human-centered design thinking, as well as advanced topics such as business models, education policy, reading literacy, second language acquisition and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Understanding of the course material will be reinforced through case studies from all over the world. By the end of the course, participants will have a “survival level” of knowledge about the latest scientific research on human learning to design and implement high-impact educational programs in the workplace, home and classroom.