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Andrew Chiarella

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
Athabasca University
I have been a professor at Athabasca University since 2009. I received a doctorate in educational psychology in May of that year from McGill University, where I taught several undergraduate and graduate courses while completing my degree. 

My research focus is on the empirical study of learning and instruction and in particular the development of educational technologies. My current research focuses on the study of social software for education, specifically social annotation systems. I have designed and programmed a software application – called CoREAD – which aggregates the annotations (at the moment simple highlighting) of a community of readers and adds text signals (using font colour) to the text based on this community consensus. As the community of readers grows, these social text signals evolve in a self-organizing fashion. Essentially, these social text signals indicate which sections of the text were highlighted most often by the community of readers. It may be inferred that these sections of text are important to the community. Principles and characteristics of complex, self-organizing systems were used to design CoREAD.

  • complex systems, complexity, self-organizing systems, self-organising systems, self-organization, self-organisation, stigmergy, emergence
  • distributed cognition, extended mind, extended cognition, collective behaviour, collective intelligence, collective mind
  • text signals, signalling, signaling
  • social software, social annotation
  • cognitive artifacts, cognitive artefacts
  • educational technology, technology enhanced learning, learning and instruction, cognition and instruction