Janet Kolodner -- Cyberlearning: Transforming Education

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Janet Kolodner is the Regent's Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Intitute of Technology. She's currently on loan to the National Science Foundation, where she is heading a new program called Cyberlearning: Transforming Education. Kolodner's research addresses issues in learning, memory, and problem solving, both in computers and in people. She pioneered the computer reasoning method called case-based reasoning, a way of solving problems based on analogies to past experiences. The approach to promoting science learning among middle schoolers, based on the cognitive model implied by case based reasoning and pioneered in her lab, forms the foundation for the comprehensive 3-year middle-school science curriculum, Project Based Inquiry Science (PBIS), of which she is the lead author.