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 heading the research program of the Graduate School of Health Professions Education (SHE). He holds a Master's degree in experimental psychology from the VU University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. 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 adaptive e-learning applications. He has published over 150 scientific articles in the areas of learning and instruction and medical education. He is associate editor of the high-impact journal Learning and Instruction and also serves on the board of other highly ranked scientific journals, such as Educational Research Review; Educational Technology, Research and Development; Computers in Human Behavior; Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning; Journal of Educational Computing Research, and Educational Technology. 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 received the international contributions award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Paul A. Kirschner
Paul A. Kirschner (1951) is professor of Educational Psychology, Program Chair of the Learning and Cognition program and Coordinator of Research at the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) at the Open University of the Netherlands, and Program Chair of the Lifelong Learning in a Cognitive Educational Perspective at the Netherlands Laboratory for Lifelong Learning (NeLLL). He is an internationally recognized expert in his field. A few notable examples of this are his election to both the CSCL Board (within the International Society for the Learning Sciences) and the Executive Committee of the Society of which he was President in 2010, his selection to the Scientific Technical Council of the Foundation for University Computing Facilities (SURF WTR), his Chief Editorship of the Journal of Computer Assisted learning and Associate Editorship of Computers in Human Behavior, and his editorship of two other recent books (Visualizing Argumentation and What we know about CSCL). He has published over 180 scientific articles in the areas of learning and instruction. His areas of expertise include lifelong learning, computer supported collaborative learning, designing electronic and other innovative learning environments, media-use in education, development of teacher extensive (distance) learning materials, use of practicals for the acquisition of cognitive skills and competencies, design and development of electronic learning and working environments, and innovation and the use of information technology educational systems.