Professor, author and internationally recognised expert on interaction in learning and collaboration for learning,
Paul A. Kirschner is university distinguished professor at the Open University of the Netherlands as well as visiting professor of education with a special emphasis on learning and interaction in teacher education at the University of Oulu, Finland.
He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of educational psychology and instructional design. He is research fellow of the American Educational Research Association (the first European to receive this honour), the International Society of the Learning Sciences, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science. He was president of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) in 2010-2011 and a member of both the ISLS CSCL Board and the Executive Committee of the Society. He is currently a member of the Scientific Technical Council of the Foundation for University Computing Facilities (SURF WTR) in the Netherlands and was a member of the Dutch Educational Council and, as such, was advisor to the Minister of Education (2000-2004).
He is chief editor of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, associate editor of Computers in Human Behavior, and has published a number of very successful books including Ten Steps to Complex Learning (now in its third revised edition and translated/published in Korea and China) and Urban Legends about Learning and Education. He also co-edited two other books (Visualizing Argumentation and What We Know about CSCL).
His areas of expertise include interaction in learning, collaboration for learning (computer supported collaborative learning), and regulation of learning.