Speaker: Marti Louw
April 13-17, 2010
Denver, Colorado, USA

Speakers: Biography

Marti Louw

Research Faculty / Designer
University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments
3939 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh PA
15260 USA

UPCLOSE seeks to bring a practical theory of informal learning into action. I work to enact theory on project-based implementations that creatively bridge informal learning research and interaction design practice from initial conceptulization through realization and summative evaluation. My particular research interest is in the way design and its related communication strategies can be used to create successful educational media, informal learning experiences and produce technology artifacts that positively impact learning. Current research focuses include understanding design strategies for supporting online learning comumunites and community action using new media technologies. Louw brings 15 years of experience in science communication and the design of informal learning experiences to the center. Her production and design experience spans a range of educational media and environments including broadcast television, websites, multimedia exhibits and informal learning venues from museum to everyday public spaces. She has written and produced science documentaries and web content for WGBH/NOVA and the Scientific American Frontiers series on PBS. While at the Chedd-Angier Production Company she produced numerous interactive multimedia exhibits for museums and science-technology centers. Before joining UPCLOSE, Louw worked at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh as a project developer and grant writer. In 2003, Louw completed a M.A. in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University where she explored design and human-computer interaction approaches to the conceptualization, development and use of technology in informal learning experiences.

Marti will demonstrate Building an Online Community and Resource for Informal Science Education Professionals. [Demonstration]