What’s Worth Teaching: Rethinking Curriculum in the Age of Technology

Colloquium | November 27 | 4:30-6 p.m. | 3515 Tolman Hall

 Allan Collins, Northwestern University

 Graduate School of Education

Taking a close look at how advances in technology, communication, and the dissemination of information are reshaping the world, I examine how schools can foster flexible, self-directed learners who will thrive in the 21st century. I present a broad, new vision for how schools can be redesigned to teach the kinds of knowledge, skills, and dispositions students will need in an increasingly complex society and global world.

Dr. Allan Collins is Professor Emeritus of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Educational Research Association. He served as a founding editor of the journal Cognitive Science and as first chair of the Cognitive Science Society. He is best known in psychology for his work on semantic memory and mental models, in artificial intelligence for his work on plausible reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems, and in education for his work on inquiry teaching, cognitive apprenticeship, situated learning, design research, epistemic games, and systemic validity in educational testing. From 1991 to 1994 he was Co-Director of the US Department of Education’s Center for Technology in Education. His book with Richard Halverson, titled Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America, was published by Teachers College Press in 2009. His latest book, What’s Worth Teaching: Rethinking Curriculum in the Age of Technology, was published by Teachers College Press in April, 2017.