Jan Plass

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Jan L. Plass holds the Paulette Goddard Chair of Digital Media and Learning Sciences in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, where he co-directs the Games for Learning Institute. He is the founding director of the CREATE Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technology in Education. His research is at the intersection of cognitive science, learning sciences, and design, and seeks to enhance the design of visual environments. His current focus is on cognitive and emotional aspects of information design and interaction design of simulations and educational games for science education and second language acquisition. He has received funding for his research from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and, most recently, from Microsoft Research, the Motorola Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Google Research. His interests also include the design and development of instructional multimedia and web applications, and particularly issues of information architecture, interaction design, and information design. In addition to directing a Ph.D. program in which he has been mentoring close to two-dozen doctoral students, he teaches courses at the masters and doctoral level that address these topics. Dr. Plass serves on the editorial review boards of some of the most prestigious journals in his field, including the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Technology Research and Development, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Computing in Higher Education, and the Journal of Research on Technology in Education. Dr. Plass received his MA in Mathematics and Physics Education and his Ph.D. in Educational Technologies from Erfurt University (PH Erfurt, Germany).

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