Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tamara Sumner to Speak in the Glasscock Center Digital Humanities Lecture Series

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research is pleased to announce this Spring’s third public lecture in the Digital Humanities Lecture Series. Tamara Sumner, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will present her work entitled “Transforming Digital Content into Learning: The Potential and Challenges Facing Educational Digital Libraries” at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 April, 2007, in the Evans Library, Room 204E.

Sumner is Co-Editor of the Journal of Interactive Media in Education and designer of the Digital Document Discourse Environment Project. She has published widely in the areas of cognitive science, educational technology, and interactive publishing.

Current challenges facing science education have generated interest in designing distributed library networks that support science, engineering, technology, and mathematics education at all levels. Today these efforts seek to provide computational infrastructure, content, and services to support development of rich and engaging learning environments. Tamara Sumner will discuss the National Science Digital Library and the Digital Library for Earth System Education, both in Boulder, Colorado, and the conceptual frameworks that guide the development of content-rich, adaptive learning environments powered by digital libraries. She will present concrete examples of this infrastructure and discuss her research activities, which are investigating how machine learning and natural language processing techniques can be employed to personalize learners’ interactions with digital content, based on the learners’ current conceptual understandings.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see our website http://glasscock.tamu.edu or contact the Glasscock Center at 979-845-8328.