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Janet Kolodner

Regents' Professor
Computing and Cognitive Science

Janet L. Kolodner is Regents' Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, co-founder and former Executive Officer of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS,, and Founding and Emerita Editor in Chief of The Journal of the Learning Sciences. Her Learning by Design project is described at Project-Based Inquiry Science, her middle school science curriculum, is described at She is currently on loan to the National Science Foundation, heading up (with Lee Zia) the new program called Cyberlearning: Transforming Education.

Research Interests: Development of identity as a scientific reasoner, technological means of promoting and mediating learning, implications and applications of cognition to education and educational technology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, case-based reasoning, novice-expert evolution, the role of experience in expert and common-sense reasoning, design cognition, creativity, design of decision-aiding tools and interactive learning environments.

B.S., Brandeis University, 1976 (math and computer science)
M.S., Yale University, 1977 (computer science)
Ph.D., Yale University, 1980 (computer science)

Favorites (books, hobbies, food, restaurants, music, ...):
Cooking (especially vegetarian recipes, and especially as avoidance
behavior when a proposal is due or a paper needs writing); gardening (my
vegetable garden supports my cooking habit, especially the herb garden);
chocolate; my children

Children: Orly (28 years old), Joshua (26)

Janet Kolodner
Interactive Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
85 5th St.
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0760

Last modified 22 July 2011 at 5:51 pm by Janet L. Kolodner