Oct 16 2015

LSRI Speaker Series Resumes October 16th @ 1pm with Dr. Michael Horn

October 16, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Learning Sciences Research Institute, Room 1535


Array, Learning Sciences Research Institute, Room 1535,

Please Join LSRI on Friday, October 16th at 1:00pm for the next lecture in our Speaker Series!

Title: Tangible Interaction and Cultural Forms: Supporting Learning in Informal Environments

Speaker: Dr. Michael Horn, Northwestern University

Abstract: Designers who create computer-based learning experiences for places like museums, out-of-school programs, and homes face a number of challenges related to the “informal” nature of such settings. Designs must generally function on their own without the support of teachers or curriculum while at the same time engaging a diverse audience, supporting productive social interaction, and activating appropriate prior knowledge and skills. In this talk I present an approach to the design of informal learning experiences based on tangible interaction. The term “tangible” refers to a variety of human-computer interaction techniques that move beyond computer screens and create opportunities for people to interact with digital systems using their bodies and physical artifacts. I argue that tangible interaction creates unique opportunities for designers to shape objects and situations to evoke cultural forms of literacy, learning, and play. To illustrate these ideas I'll describe a few example designs that colleagues and I have created to support learning in museums and other informal environments.

Bio: Michael Horn is an assistant professor at Northwestern University where he directs the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab. Michael has a joint appointment in Computer Science and the Learning Sciences, and his research explores the use of interactive technology in the design of innovative learning experiences.

Friday, October 16th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Learning Sciences Research Institute
The University of Illinois at Chicago
1240 West Harrison, Room 1535
Chicago, IL, 60607

Free and open to the public!



Date posted

Aug 14, 2018

Date updated

Aug 14, 2018