Allan Collins is Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education , and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as a founding editor of the journal Cognitive Science and as first chair of the Cognitive Science Society. He has studied teaching and learning for over 30 years, and written extensively on related topics. He is best known in psychology for his work on how people answer questions, in artificial intelligence for his work on reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems, and in education for his work on situated learning, inquiry teaching, design research, and cognitive apprenticeship. From 1991 to 1994, he was Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Technology in Education. His book with Richard Halverson entitled Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and the Schools, was published by Teachers College Press in September 2009.
His talk, titled "Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology," was given on April 19, 2010.