Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2012 Fireside Chat Speaker

It gives us great pleasure to announce that our distinguished Fireside Chat Speaker for the 2012 Annual Meeting at Vancouver, British Columbia is ... *drum rolls*:

Dr. Richard E. Clark

We are very honored and thrilled that Dr. Clark has accepted our invitation! For those who may not know him yet, Dr. Clark has served as Professor of Educational Psychology and Technology and as Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Technology in the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, since 1978. His current research interests include the design and evaluation of instruction on highly complex tasks, cognitive load theory for multimedia and simulation training, the development of the Guided Experiential Learning training design systems for pedagogical applications and the use of Cognitive Task Analysis to capture and teach the complex knowledge used by advanced experts in all fields. .... Read more.

Dr. Clark's Fireside Chat session is entitled, "Turning Research into Results: Handling the Complexity of Learning". The following is the program abstract:

Dr. Richard Clark will share ways to overcome some of the challenges researchers face when they
attempt to create a bridge between educational research and practice. In the spirit of the annual meeting theme, he will suggest that all educational researchers should not only produce studies but also attempt to translate and apply their research to make a positive difference in educational settings. Additionally, he will briefly describe his own effort to solve two problems that reflect the transition from research to practice: first, the impact of technology on instruction and learning, and second, the impact of various instructional methods on the design of instruction that facilitates the learning and transfer of complex
knowledge as people develop advanced expertise.

The Fireside Chat speaker does not present a paper, but instead speaks on a theme across a body of work and ideas, and along the way discusses how he/she developed as a scholar. There will be time for “Q & A” and interactive dialogue between the speaker and the audience. Recent prior speakers have included Albert Bandura, Paul Cobb, Howard Gardner, Dale Schunk and Richard Mayer.

We are looking forward to our conversations with Dr. Clark eagerly. If you have any questions that you would like to raise, please feel free to post them here as comments. Let's get the dialogue going!


  1. Very exciting!! I am very much looking forward to hearing Dr. Clark.

  2. Hi Jenny, we look forward to meeting you! If you have any questions, please feel free to raise them here.