Highline College in Des Moines, Washington
At Highline College near Seattle, Sue Frantz is working on her third decade in the college classroom. Throughout her career, she has been an early adopter of new technologies in which she saw pedagogical potential. She created the first web page for her students in 1995. By the mid ‘90s, she was presenting on (then) cutting edge technologies such as using email discussion groups to foster student engagement and interaction. In 2009, she founded her blog, Technology for Academics, which drew 55,000 unique visitors in 2013. The blog features both new tech tools and tips for using not-so-new tools effectively. She currently serves as Vice President for Resources for APA Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology. In 2013, she was the inaugural recipient of the APA award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at a Two-Year College or Campus.
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
Mark McDaniel is a Professor of Psychology (1980 Ph.D., University of Colorado), and the founding Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis. McDaniel is internationally known for his work in the application of cognitive psychological principles to education. Over the past 25 years he has published numerous papers related to education, including topics such as pre-questions, discovery learning, feedback, mental models, analogical learning, and classroom studies on testing effects.
McDaniel has developed a number of other research foci in the general area of human learning and memory, including projects investigating the learning processes by which people acquire complex concepts. An important aspect of this work is exploring individual differences in the tendency for learners to focus on abstraction versus learning of examples when attempting to acquire complex concepts.
McDaniel has published over 200 articles, chapters, and books in the area of human learning and memory. To facilitate dissemination of research literatures pertinent to learning and education, with Peter Brown and Roddy Roediger, he co-authored a book published by Harvard University Press entitled Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014).