His research focuses on learning sciences and technology, specifically, computing education research. He has published several books on the use of media as a context for learning computing.
He was the original developer of the “Swiki” which was the first wiki designed for educational use. He was awarded a joint Ph.D. degree in Education and Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1993.He serves on the ACM’s Education Council and the Special Interest Group in CS Education (SIGCSE) Board, and is on the editorial boards of the “Journal of the Learning Sciences,” “ACM Transactions on Computing Education,” and “Communications of the ACM.”
With his wife and colleague, Barbara Ericson, he received the 2010 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator award. He was also the recipient of the 2012 IEEE Computer Society Undergraduate Teaching Award. He directed “Georgia Computes!” a six year effort to improve computing education in the state of Georgia.
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