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We discuss computer environments that invite students to learn by instructing " teachable agents " (TA's) who venture forth and attempt to solve problems that require knowledge of disciplines such as mathematics, science or history. If the agents have been taught properly they solve the problems they confront; otherwise they need to be further educated. The(More)
The National Science Foundation-funded Center for Innovative Learning Technologies (CIL T) is designed to be a national resource for stimulating research and development of technology enabled solutions to critical problems in K-14 science, math, engineering and technology learning. The Center, launched at the end of 1997, is organized around four themes(More)
This article explores how insights from the learning sciences can guide the effective use of computer technologies to promote learning and how these technologies make new types of learning opportunities possible. The discussion is organized to provide three illustrations of how the introduction of new technologies can have " ripple effects " that influence(More)
Education in biomedical engineering offers a number of challenges to all constituents of the educational process-faculty, students, and employers of graduates. Although biomedical engineering educational systems have been under development for 40 years, interest in and the pace of development of these programs has accelerated in recent years. New advances(More)
New information technologies promise to enhance engineering instruction by facilitating the learning process. A preliminary study examines the use of a tablet PC as a presentation platform for problem-solving methodologies used in a fourth year Mechanical Engineering class of 50 students. Typical presentation methods used in large-scale classroom settings(More)