Suthers, Daniel D

Dan Suthers is a professor in the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where he directs the Laboratory for Interactive Learning Technologies ( Dr. Suthers obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts (1979) from Kansas City Art Institute, studied Psychology at the graduate level at Northern Arizona University, 1982-1985, and then earned M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Subsequently he worked at the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh before coming to the University of Hawai‘i. Dr. Suthers' research is generally concerned with cognitive, social and computational perspectives on designing and evaluating software for learning, collaboration, and community. His current foci include:
  • Social affordances for “online communities”: Addressing the analytic gap between microanalyses and aggregate analyses to identify significant interactions and understand how interpersonal ties and community structures are technologically embedded, how ideas spread, and how participants discover synergistic value in socio-technical systems.
  • Uncovering how participants appropriate multiple notational tools in computer workspaces for intersubjective meaning-making, and the roles of language-based and visual/symbolic representations.
  • Representational affordances for computer supported collaborative learning. Specifically, designing software interfaces to enable learners to construct, discuss, and manipulate representations of their evolving knowledge, and studying how the notations used in these interfaces affect discourse between learners and learning outcomes.

In addition to selected laboratory studies, he has worked with diverse applications including middle to high school geosciences, post-secondary computer science distance education (via asynchronous learning networks), collaborative professional development of adult educators engaged in systemic reform, and informal science education.

Dr. Suthers is the co-founder and associate editor for the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Interactive Learning Environments, Springer book series on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, and the International Journal of the Learning Sciences. Dr. Suthers is co-founder and formerly associate executive editor for Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning.

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