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Shaaron Ainsworth

Professor of Learning Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences


Research Summary

My research interests are concerned with the development and evaluation of psychological theories of teaching and learning - broadly falling into the area of learning sciences.

I have two major foci for my work:

Learning with Visual and Multiple Representations

Technology Enhanced Learning

Please see my personal homepage for more details

Selected Publications

I supervise PhD students in the area of learning sciences.I want to understand more about the cognitive, social and affective processes involved in learning and how we can use this knowledge to design better educational experiences. If you do too, please contact me.

In particular, I am interesting in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

Representational Learning How do people learn when they either construct or interpret representations (such as pictures, graphs, drawings, gestures, animations, etc). In particular, my current projects include:

  • Learning by drawing
  • Strategies in learning from text and pictures
  • Learning by translating between text and pictures

Technology Enhanced Learning. My interests here are not limited to specific type of technology or to a particular method. Instead I am interested in trying to understand how to design and use technologies to enhance learning. Recent and current project include:

  • Educational Games
  • Personal Inquiry Learning
  • Haptics
  • Gesture based Interfaces
  • Anonymity in classroom discussion
  • Emotion awareness in CSCL

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University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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