Chris Sessums helps people un-learn.
I help solve instructional and performance problems across professions, institutions, and media platforms. My passions include education and training at all levels, life-long learning, and knowledge sharing.

For over 10 years I have been writing about learning, teaching, computing, and talent development in and outside of the academy. My PhD is in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in educational technology. I specialize in using qualitative research methods to determine those factors related to the successful adoption or rejection of new tools and processes.

As an educational technologist, my portfolio of research topics include: adaptive systems, learning theory, pedagogy and learning design, computer mediated communications, computer aided assessment, the design and use of virtual learning environments and learning management systems, facilitating organizational change, applying standards for courseware reuse, tracking, record keeping and system interoperability, the use of learning content management systems, including workflow design and publication to a range of media, and issues associated with scaling up delivery to large cohorts of students and trainees within the corporate, educational and other public sectors.

Additional areas of deep interest include:

Social and organizational issues, e.g., facilitating and managing organizational change; integrating e-learning with other business processes; and the interface between e-learning and knowledge management

Group Activity, e.g., informal knowledge exchange networks; participation in online discussion; computer supported teamwork projects; collaborative learning processes; online peer tutoring and mentoring; online self assessment and peer assessment; interactive video and audio technologies.

Individual learning, e.g., innovative learning situations, including adaptive systems, intelligent tutoring, conversational and advisory systems; tools to aid learning and tools for studying and modeling learners; cognitive, social, developmental and motivational aspects of how learning comes about; principles of course design for effective learning, authoring tools; and self-organized learning and learning to learn.

Courseware, e.g., production processes; the use of digital repositories; and courseware sharing and reuse.

email: csessums (at) gmail dot com

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