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Marti Louw

Director, Learning Media Design Center

Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Marti Louw

Administrative Staff

Nancy Beatty


Marti Louw is faculty in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where she directs the Learning Media Design Center. She also serves as the Assistant Dean of Curriculum for the Integrative Design Arts & Technology (IDeATe) network, teaches in the Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Sciences (METALS) and undergraduate IDeATe Design for Learning minor programs. As a design-based researcher, she focuses on how design as a creative problem-solving form of systematic inquiry can be used to collaboratively envision and create technology-enhanced learning environments that are socially co-constructed, personally relevant, and emancipatory. Current research areas include: scaffolding disciplinary forms of observation, identification and reflection in citizen science, museum and informal learning contexts.

The Learning Media Design Center is supported by grants from National Science Foundation, Gates, Digital Promise, Benedum and Grable Foundations. Active awards include:

  • Smart Spaces for Making: Networked Physical Tools to Support Process Documentation and Learning (NSF/Cyberlearning Grant No. 1736189). PI: Louw
  • Learning to See, Seeing to Learn: A Sociotechnical System Supporting Taxonomic Identification Activities in Volunteer-Based Water Quality Biomonitoring (NSF/AISL Grant No. 1516149). PI: Louw
  • P3G: Player-Programmed Partner Games for Low-Resource Learners (NSF/AISL 1906753) Co-I: Louw