Dr. Amy Ogan is the Thomas and Lydia Moran Associate Professor of Learning Science in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an educational technologist focusing on ways to make learning experiences more engaging, effective, and culturally-relevant. Her training spans disciplines, with degrees in Computer Science and Spanish, and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction supported by a fellowship from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She has since been named a New Champions Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum, a Rising Star in EECS by MIT, received the McCandless Early Career Chair, and been awarded the Jacobs Early Career Fellowship to study the use of educational technologies in emerging economies. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Google, the J.S. McDonnell Foundation, the X-PRIZE Foundation, and the Jacobs Foundation.

Talk: Designing Culturally-relevant Educational Technology at a Global Scale

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Abstract: With increased access to digital technologies worldwide and across socioeconomic groups, the world is poised for a revolution in teaching and learning practices. The COVID-19 pandemic has enabled new opportunities for some learners but starkly reminds us that these resources are still not equally distributed. New technologies can foster equal opportunities for education and quality of life, or amplify social divisions. In this talk we will discuss the design of next-generation learning technologies for a global audience, in which educational experiences are built with a computer-in-the-loop approach, thus enabling us to push the boundaries of the application of technology to learning. In this way we can use technology to address the humanity and context of the learner and the ecology in which they learn.