Department of Informatics
FRIDAY INFORMATICS SEMINAR - Associate Professor Scott Klemmer
Date 18 October 2013
Time 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location 6011 Donald Bren Hall
Contact Adriana Avina [Email this contact]

Associate Professor Scott Klemmer

Cognitive Science and Computer Science and Engineering

University of California, San Diego

Title: Design at Large

In this talk, I'll share our adventures in facilitating peer interactions in online education. In person, communities of peers, shoulder-to-shoulder, can create powerful learning experiences. For example, hallmark traits of design education are studio critique and working in a collocated physical space. With online learning, are students "alone together" --- viewing the same materials with no peer contact?

In 2012, my research group collaborated with Coursera to launch the first massive-scale class with self and peer assessment. Since then, more than 80 other massive online classes have featured peer assessment --- from world music to nutrition to mathematical thinking. On the whole, it has worked surprisingly well. I'll also share challenges and failures, and talk about integrating peer and automated assessment.

This led us to experiments with small group video discussion, social networks, and global meet-ups --- also deploying our systems in collaboration with teachers from diverse fields. My goal is to offer techniques that attendees can adapt for their own teaching and avoid our missteps. And I look forward to hearing more about the adventures of others.

More broadly, because online learning platforms embed pedagogy into software, they provide a powerful setting for using and building theory through experimentation. These online learning interventions illustrate how design at large --- at scale, embedded in real-world activities, and occasionally subversive --- can be a potent and relevant research strategy.

Scott is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. Before joining UCSD, he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-directed the Human-Computer Interaction Group and held the Bredt Faculty Scholar development chair. Organizations around the world use his lab's open-source design tools and curricula; several books and popular press articles have covered his research and teaching. He has been awarded the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize, Sloan Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. He has authored and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles; eight were awarded best paper or honorable mention at the premier HCI conferences (CHI/UIST/CSCW). His former graduate students are leading professors, researchers, founders, social entrepreneurs, and engineers. He has a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown University, and a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He serves on the editorial board of TOCHI and HCI, co-chaired the UIST 2011 program, CHI 2010 systems area, and has served on advisory boards for academic programs, research labs, and startups passionate about interaction design. Follow him on Twitter @DesignAtLarge.