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Learning Science And Technology R&D: A Roadmap To The Future Of Learning

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education

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9.853.1 - 9.853.15



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Kay Howell

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Ann Wittbrodt

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Alfred Moye

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Session # 1793

Learning Science and Technology R&D: A Roadmap to the Future of Learning Kay Howell, Alfred Moye Federation of American Scientists/Hewlett Packard Corporation (retired)

New information technology tools make it possible to implement the insights of modern cognitive science and achieve revolutionary improvements in how we teach and learn. In fact, it may not be practical to implement some of the recommendations of cognitive scientists such as discovery-based learning and individualized counseling and tutoring without technology. But, the breadth and scale of the research effort to fully realize such gains demands a significant financial investment in a carefully designed and well managed program of research. A long-term, large-scale effort is needed to develop, test, and disseminate tools for building advanced learning systems that are reliable, well-performing, easy-to-use, and scalable. We know too little about why certain information technology education and training technologies and methods do or do not work. Our understanding will be solidified only after the technologies have been developed, used, and evaluated.

The Learning Science and Technology R&D Roadmap, recently completed by the Learning Federation, details a technology roadmap for developing next-generation learning systems. The Learning Federation, a partnership among industry, academia, and private foundations to stimulate research and development in learning science and technology, worked with over seventy leading learning science and information technology researchers over a three year period to produce the Roadmap. The Roadmap defines research priorities, a development chronology, and short- and long-term milestones. While the roadmap focuses on post-secondary science, math, engineering, and technology education, its research plan should be useful to all learning markets, including K-12. The roadmap provides a comprehensive strategic view of the learning science and technologies field which can guide researchers, industry, and funding agencies as they strive for innovation in educational technology. This paper describes how the roadmap was developed and outlines the R&D priorities identified in the roadmap.


Recent progress in cognitive science has resulted in key insights about how people learn, how to teach, and how progress in learning can be evaluated. We know, for example, that discovery based learning, performance based assessments, and instructional systems continually adjusted by sensitive formative assessments can contribute to learning in

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering

Howell, K., & Wittbrodt, A., & Moye, A. (2004, June), Learning Science And Technology R&D: A Roadmap To The Future Of Learning Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12754

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