Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer
Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer (1959) is full professor of Learning and Instruction at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, where he is Research Director of the Graduate School of Health Professions Education (SHE). He also holds honorary positions at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Open University of the Netherlands. He holds a Master's degree in experimental psychology from the VU University of Amsterdam and a PhD degree in instructional technology from the University of Twente. Van Merriënboer specializes in cognitive architecture and instruction, instructional design for complex learning, holistic approaches to instructional design, and the use of ICT in education. He has published over 300 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of learning and instruction and medical education. More than 35 PhD candidates completed their thesis under his supervision. He serves on the editorial board of highly ranked scientific journals, such as Cognitive Processing; Computers in Human Behavior; Educational Research Review; Educational Technology Magazine; Educational Technology Research and Development; International Journal for Virtual and Personal Learning Environments; Journal of Computing in Higher Education; Learning and Instruction, and Technology Instruction Cognition and Learning. His prize-winning monograph Training Complex Cognitive Skills (1997) describes his four-component instructional design model for complex skills training and offers a systematic, research-based approach to designing environments for complex learning. He received several awards and prizes for his scientific work; apart from prizes for publications and PhD supervision, he was declared World Leader in Educational Technology by Training Magazine and he received the International Contributions Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Paul A. Kirschner
Paul A. Kirschner (1951) is University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology 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 has published over 300 scientific articles in the areas of learning and instruction and at the moment of this writing has supervised 37 PhD candidates who have successfully completed their theses under his supervision. He is an internationally recognised expert in the fields of educational psychology and instructional design. He is Research Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science. He was President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences (ISLS) in 2010-2011, member of both the ISLS CSCL Board and the Executive Committee of the Society and he is an AERA Research Fellow (the first European to receive this honour). 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. In addition to this book he has co-written the very successful book Urban Legends about Learning and Education which is also available in Dutch and Swedish. 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.