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Paul Kirshner

Netherlands Laboratory for Lifelong Learning (NeLLL)
Open Universiteit Nederland
P.O. Box 2960
6401 DL Heerlen (NL)

Present Functions

Professor of Psychology, specifically Lifelong Learning in the Professions, Open University of the Netherlands
Director of Research on Lifelong Learning in the Professions, Netherlands Laboratory for Lifelong Learning (NeLLL), Open University of the Netherlands
Member of the Executive Board of the International Society for the Learning Sciences 2008-2014
Chair International Conference in the Learning Sciences 2008
Member Advisory Commission Information Management, Utrecht University
Member of the Standing Committee for the Scholarship and Science

Professional experience

Utrecht University: Professor of Psychology and ICT, Research Director Centre for Learning in Interaction, Programme Director Research Master Educational Sciences, Chair Department of Educational Sciences (2005-2008)
Open University of the Netherlands: Professor of Educational Technology and CSCL, Educational Technology Expertise Center (2001-2008)
Maastricht University: Professor of Contact and Distance Education, Faculty of Knowledge Engineering (1999-2001)
Open University of the Netherlands, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dean of the School of Education (1997-1999)
Open University of the Netherlands, Center for Educational Production / Educational Technology Innovation Center, associate professor (1983-1999)
Wolters-Noordhoff Educational Publishers, researcher and learning materials developer (1979-1983)
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of education, graduate assistant (1977-1979)
Middle Island Middle School, Long Island, USA, biology and math teacher (1972-1973)

Research expertise

Lifelong Learning for professional and personal development
Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
Use of Information and Communication Technologies in education: Initial and lifelong
Acquisition and assessment of skills and competencies
Use of practicals for the acquisition of complex cognitive skills
Text characteristics and learning processes
Media-use in education
Research on and development of electronic learning environments

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