The International Society of the Learning Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of the ISLS Fellows program. An endeavor begun years ago by the Awards committee and approved by the Board of Directors, the ISLS Fellows program recognizes those who have made major contributions to the field of the Learning Sciences since its inception nearly three decades ago. These individuals are each highly accomplished scholars and community members who will continue to serve in critical roles for the society in the future through their continued leadership and mentorship activities. The formal announcement took place on June 22, 2017 at the 2017 Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) conference in Philadelphia, one of two biennial academic research conferences sponsored by ISLS. The next society conference is the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, to take place in London during June of 2018.

The cohort of fellows consists of 22 distinguished learning scientists who have served previously as elected presidents of the society, editors of the two flagship journals (Journal of the Learning Sciences and International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning), and founders of the field. New fellows will be named in subsequent years through a selection committee consisting of existing ISLS fellows.

The cohort of fellows include:

  • Pierre Dillenbourg - École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (Switzerland)
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  • Barry Fishman - University of Michigan (USA)
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  • Friedrich Hesse - Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (Germany)
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  • Christopher Hoadley - New York University (USA)
  • Ton de Jong - University of Twente (Netherlands)
  • Yasmin Kafai - University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Paul Kirschner - Open University of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
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  • Timothy Koschmann - Southern Illinois University (USA)
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  • Roy Pea - Stanford University (USA)
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  • Carolyn Rosé - Carnegie-Mellon University (USA)
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  • Gerry Stahl - Drexel University (USA)
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Additionally, Naomi Miyake (1949-2015) (University of Tokyo) has been named an inaugural fellow in memoriam.


Short biographies

Pierre Dillenbourg
Prof. of Learning Technologues, School of Computer & Communication Sciences, Swiss federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
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Year of induction: 2017

A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for education. He has been assistant professor at the University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in 2002. He has been the academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL (over 2 million registrations). He is full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: "Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction ». He is the director of the leading house DUAL-T, which develops technologies for dual vocational education systems (carpenters, florists,...). With EPFL colleagues, he launched in 2017 the Swiss EdTech Collider, an incubator with 70 start-ups in learning technologies In 2018, he co-founded LEARN, the EPFL Center of Learning Sciences that brings together the local initiatives in educational innovation.

Barry Fishman
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Professor of Learning Technologies, School of Information and School of Education, The University of Michigan
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~fishman/
Year of induction: 2018

Barry Fishman is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Learning Technologies in the University of Michigan School of Information and School of Education. His research focuses on: video games as models for learning environments, teacher learning and the role of technology in supporting teacher learning, and the development of usable, scalable, and sustainable learning innovations through design-based implementation research (http://learndbir.org), which he helped to establish. He is also the co-creator of GradeCraft, a game-inspired learning management system (http://gradecraft.com/). Dr. Fishman currently serves as Innovator-In-Residence at the University of Michigan Office of Academic Innovation. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education. He was co-author of the Obama Administration’s 2010 U.S. National Educational Technology Plan, and served as Associate Editor of The Journal of the Learning Sciences from 2005-2012 In 2017, Dr. Fishman was named the Michigan Association of State Universities “Distinguished Professor of the Year.” He received the 2016 “Campus Technology Innovator of the Year Award” for work with GradeCraft, was the 2010 recipient of the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, the 2003 Pattishall Junior Faculty Research Award, and was the 2001 recipient of the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies from the American Educational Research Association. He received his A.B. from Brown University in English and American Literature in 1989, his M.S. from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology in 1992, and his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 1996.

Friedrich W. Hesse
Founding Director, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), Tuebingen
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Year of induction: 2017

Friedrich Hesse is Founding Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) and at present head of the Knowledge Exchange Lab. He is Scientific Vice-President of the Leibniz Association (an umbrella organization for 93 research institutes in Germany) and is holding the Chair of the Department for Applied Cognitive- and Media Psychology at the University of Tuebingen. Friedrich Hesse has been initiator and speaker for the first Virtual Graduate School Knowledge acquisition and knowledge exchange with new media funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Society, DFG), the DFG-Priority Programme Netbased Knowledge Communication, the DFG-Research Group Analysis and Promotion of Effective Processes of Learning and Instruction and the first Leibniz- ScienceCampus Informational Environments. Friedrich W. Hesse studied psychology at the Universities of Marburg and Duesseldorf, received his doctorate at the RWTH Aachen and qualified as Professor of Psychology at the University of Goettingen. He was research fellow at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) and at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He was Head of the Department of Applied Cognitive Science at the German Institute of Research for Distance Education (DIFF) and for two years director at the Laboratoire Européen de Recherche sur les Apprentissages et les Nouvelles Technologies (LERANT) in Frankreich funded by CNRS.

Chris Hoadley
Associate Professor, New York University
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website: http://www.tophe.net
Year of induction: 2017

Dr. Chris Hoadley is associate professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. His research focuses on collaborative technologies for learning and human flourishing, computer support for cooperative learning (CSCL), and design-based research methods, a term he coined in the late 1990s. Hoadley is the director of dolcelab, the Laboratory for Design Of Learning, Collaboration & Experience. He is a fellow of the International Society for the Learning Sciences (ISLS) and was an affiliate scholar for the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education (CASEE), and was a Fulbright Scholar in India and Nepal.  From 2011-2013, he was program director of the Educational Technology programs at NYU and founding program director of the Games for Learning program, and on the founding faculty presidium of MAGNET, the NYU Media And Games Network. From 2013-2016, he was on loan to the National Science Foundation as the program director in charge of the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program in the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering and the Directorate of Education and Human Resources Division of Research on Learning. Hoadley previously chaired the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group for Education in Science and Technology (now SIG: Learning Sciences), and served as the co-founder and first president of the International Society for the Learning Sciences.

Ton de Jong
Chair of the Department of instructional Technology, University of Twente
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. websitehttp://users.edte.utwente.nl/jong/Index.htm
Year of induction: 2018

Ton de Jong holds a chair in Instructional Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He specializes in inquiry learning and collaborative learning (mainly in science domains) supported by technology. He was coordinator of several EU projects and several national projects including the ZAP project in which interactive games/simulations for psychology were developed. ZAPs commercial licences now go over 80.000 in number. He was coordinator of the 7th framework Go-Lab project on learning with online laboratories in science and currently is coordinator of its H2020 follow-up project Next-Lab (see www.golabz.eu). He published over 200 journal articles and book chapters, was associate editor for the Journal of Engineering Education and for Instructional Science and currently is on the editorial board of eight journals. He has published papers in Science on inquiry learning with computer simulations (2006), design environments (2013), and virtual laboratories (2013). He is AERA fellow and was elected member of the Academia Europaea in 2014. He has been  dean of the master programme Educational Science and Technology at the University of Twente.

Yasmin Kafai 
Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
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Year of induction: 2017

Yasmin B. Kafai is a learning scientist and designer of online tools and communities to promote coding, crafting, and creativity across grades K–16. Her work empowers students to use computer programming to design games, sew electronic textiles, and grow applications in biology with the goal of supporting creative expression, building social connections, and broadening participation in computing. She helped develop with MIT colleagues the popular programming tool Scratch—known as the YouTube of interactive media—where millions of kids create and share their programs. With Exploring Computer Science, she has developed a high school curriculum with electronic textiles to introduce high school students to creative computing. In her recent book series on youth digital media published by MIT Press, she unveils the connections between playing online, learning programming, and making games for more constructive and creative participation in networked communities, see Connected Play: Tweens in a Virtual World,(with Deborah Fields), Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming and Connected Gaming: What Making Video Games Can Teach Us about Learning and Literacy, (both written with Quinn Burke). Her award-winning work has received generous funding from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Google.    She worked with Seymour Papert and Idit Harel at the MIT Media Laboratory from 1989–1994 and then joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and the International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Paul A. Kirschner
Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology and the Open University of the Netherlands.
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Year of induction: 2017

Paul A. Kirschner, dr.h.c. (1951) is Distinguished University Professor and professor of educational psychology at the Open University of the Netherlands as well as Visiting Professor of Education with a special emphasis on Learning and Interaction in Teacher Education at the University of Oulu, Finland. He is Research Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the International Society of the Learning Sciences, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science. He is a past President (2010-2011) of the International Society for the Learning Sciences and a former member of the Dutch Educational Council and, as such, was advisor to the Minister of Education (2000-2004). He is also a member of the Scientific Technical Council of the Foundation for University Computing Facilities (SURF WTR), chief editor of Journal of Computer Assisted Learning and associate editor of Computers in Human Behavior. As for books, he is co-author of the recently released book Urban Myths about Learning and Education as well as of the highly successful book Ten steps to complex learning, and editor of two other books (Visualizing Argumentation and What we know about CSCL

Timothy Koschmann
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Medical Education, Southern Illinois University
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Year of induction: 2017

Timothy Koschmann is a Professor Emeritus of Medical Education at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He began his training in Philosophy (B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City) going on to complete advanced degrees in Experimental Psychology (M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Computer Science (Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1987). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Education at Göteborg University in 2013.
Koschmann is a communication scholar with a special interest in practical organizations of instructing. Early in his career he took an avid interest in the possibilities for using technology to support collaboration and learning. This inevitably led to more foundational inquiries into precisely how understanding is displayed and monitored within interaction. He has done extensive fieldwork in settings in which physicians and surgeons do their work and receive their training. Koschmann uses digital video and other associated exhibits as aids in fixing events of interest for later reconstruction and analysis.

Roy Pea
David Jacks Professor of Education and Learning Sciences, and Professor, Computer Science (Courtesy), Stanford University
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Year of induction: 2017

 

Roy Pea is Stanford University’s David Jacks Professor of Education & Learning Sciences, and by courtesy, Computer Science; Director, H-STAR Institute (Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research), and founder and Director of Stanford’s PhD program in Learning Sciences and Technology Design. Publishes extensively—225 publications including 5 edited volumes in K-12 learning and education, esp. science, math & technology fostered by advanced technologies including scientific visualization, on-line learning communities, digital video collaboratories and mobile computers. Co-Editor, Learning Analytics in Education (2018); Co-author, 2010 US National Education Technology Plan; Co-editor, Video Research in the Learning Sciences (2007); NAS co-author: How People Learn (2000). Fellow: National Academy of Education, Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. President, International Society for the Learning Sciences (‘04-‘05); ISLS Inaugural Fellow (‘17). Roy holds five patents in interactive and panoramic video innovations and received innovation awards from Apple Computer, IBM. Co-Founder & Director, Teachscape.com (‘99-’09), teacher professional development services company. Launched & directed 1st Learning Sciences PhD Program, Northwestern, 1991. In 1978, received doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Oxford, England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His consulting has included education program advisement for Ameritech, Apple Computer, Atlantic Philanthropies, ETS, Fisher Price, George Lucas Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Markle Foundation, Mellon Foundation, National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, Sloan Foundation, Spencer Foundation, the states of Illinois and California, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Finland, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Carolyn Rosé
Professor of Language Technologies and Human-Computer Interaction, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~cprosehttp://dance.cs.cmu.edu
Year of induction: 2017

Dr. Carolyn Penstein Rosé’s research program is focused on better understanding the social and pragmatic nature of conversation, and using this understanding to build computational systems that can improve the efficacy of conversation between people, and between people and computers. She invokes theories and methods from computational discourse analysis, conversational agents, and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.  Her approach is to investigate how conversation works from a theoretical perspective and then formalize this understanding in models that are precise enough to be reproducible and demonstrate explanatory power in connection with outcomes with real world value. Her research has birthed and contributed to the growth of two areas of research: namely, Automated Analysis of Collaborative Learning Processes and Dynamic Support for Collaborative Learning, where intelligent conversational agents support collaborative learning in a context sensitive way.  Her research group’s highly interdisciplinary work, published in over 200 peer reviewed publications, is represented in the top venues in 5 fields: namely, Language Technologies, Learning Sciences, Cognitive Science, Educational Technology, and Human-Computer Interaction, with awards in 3 of these fields.  She serves as Past President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences, Senior member of IEEE, Executive Editor of the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. In her professional service, she has taken the opportunity to build bridges between research communities that foster multi-disciplinary collaborations.  In that capacity, she has served as Founding Chair of the International Alliance to Advance Learning in the Digital Era.

Gerry Stahl
Professor Emeritus in Computing and Informatics, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Year of induction: 2017
 

  • Gerry Stahl explores the potential of extending cognition from individuals to knowledge building by small groups. Can groups conduct various forms of cognition—such as thinking about mathematical problems—as groups? How can groups learn to think collaboratively? How can networked computational devices support this? What are the theoretical, pedagogical, technological and research aspects of this effort? His research has put students in groups and recorded their interactions in detail to explore such issues. He has documented that groups can think, but only when carefully nurtured.
  • Gerry Stahl studied philosophy and computer science at MIT, Northwestern, Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Colorado. Introduced to CSCL by Gerhard Fischer and Timothy Koschmann at Boulder. Active in every CSCL conference from 1995 through 2015; Program Chair of CSCL 2002. Attended every ICLS conference from 1998 to 2014. Founding Board member of ISLS. Directed the Virtual Math Teams (VMT) research project at the Math Forum 2002-2014. Co-authored “CSCL: An Historical Perspective” with Tim Koschmann and Dan Suthers. Published five books on CSCL: Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge”, Studying Virtual Math Teams”, Translating Euclid: Designing a Human-centered Mathematics”, Constructing Dynamic Triangles Together: The Development of Mathematical Group Cognition”, Theoretical Investigations: Philosophical Foundations of Group Cognition.” Self-published e-library of 16 volumes of essays on social philosophy, educational software design, interaction analysis, sculpture, etc. (available at http://gerrystahl.net/elibrary ). Founded and edited the International Journal of CSCL from 2006 through 2015. Taught CSCL and software design at Colorado and Drexel Universities. Retired 2014.

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