Research Center: The Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D)

Director: Professor Gerhard Fischer, Department of Computer Science



L3D is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science, as well as the Institute of Cognitive Science, and continues the work started by the Human-Computer Communications (HCC) research group founded in 1984. Since then, HCC has expanded its research concerns beyond graphical user interfaces to encompass shared understanding, situated cognition, explanation and learning support, domain-oriented design environments, and information retrieval and delivery.

L3D’s vision builds on and extends the HCC research directions by including learning, designing, collaborating, and communicating. This support comprises the development of conceptual frameworks and computational artifacts and the understanding of their social and organizational contexts. L3D conducts research, creates learning opportunities, and collaborates with industrial partners as well as with other academic units at CU, across Colorado, nationally, and internationally. To this aim, L3D’s activities support the following purposes:

  • Foster learning as a lifelong process
  • Integrate work and learning
  • Augment human creativity and communication
  • Aid designers working on ill-defined problems in a variety of domains
  • Promote the effective utilization of information

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