Marti Louw

Marti Louw directs the Learning Media Design Center at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a joint appointment across HCII, ETC and Robotics, and teaches in the IDeATe program.

Her design-based research practice seeks to enact theory through project-based implementations that creatively bridge learning sciences research and design practice from initial conceptualization through realization and assessment. A central focus is how design as a form inquiry can be used to develop technology-enhanced environments that enable learning that is socially constructed, personally relevant and participatory. Her media-making experience spans a broad range of channels and settings including broadcast television, museums, online web applications, and community engagements.

Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Louw was faculty at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center where she led several NSF-funded projects including fielding-building initiatives for informal science education, gigapixel image technology platforms for science communication and learning, and technology fluency engagements for communities with sensing and robotic technologies through participatory design. At the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh she was project developer and lead grant writer for the NSF funded How People Make Things traveling exhibit. As a staff producer, Louw has written and produced factual documentaries, web content and online games for WGBH/NOVA and the Scientific American Frontiers series on PBS. While at the Chedd-Angier Production Company she produced numerous interactive multimedia exhibits for museums and science-technology centers.

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