Envisioning and Grounding Designs for 'Eye Glasses for the Mind' in Data Driven Approaches


Anatomy and cognitive abilities are not destiny. Eyeglasses have refuted the belief that anatomy is destiny by putting forward the idea that our minds as well as our bodies are improvable. Developments to create 'eye glasses for the mind' are grounded in the basic assumption that all humans have limitations and that new media and technologies should complement and extend our biologically endowed capabilities. The presentation will explore the promises and pitfalls of learning analytics research in creating and exploring design criteria for socio-technical environments supporting people of all ages to have more independent, productive, and enjoyable lives.


Gerhard Fischer

Gerhard Fischer (http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~gerhard/) is a Professor Adjunct and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the Computer Human Interaction Academy (CHI; 2007), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM; 2009), and a recipient of the RIGO Award of ACM-SIGDOC (2012). In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research has focused on new conceptual frameworks and new media for learning, working, and collaborating, human-centered computing, and design. His recent work is centered on quality of life in the digital age, social creativity, meta-design, cultures of participation, design trade-offs, and rich landscapes for learning (including MOOCs).