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Brian Smith

Professor, Learning Technologies, School of Education

Brian Smith


B.S. Computer Science & Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. Learning Sciences, Northwestern University


Design of computer-based learning environments; informal learning; computational thinking/flexibility; creativity and innovation


Smith's research focuses on the use of computation to support and augment human performance and learning, especially in contexts outside of formal education, as well as bringing creativity to the core of educational practices. Prior to Drexel, Smith was Dean of Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE) where he oversaw the development of art and design programs for youth and adults and was a co-investigator of RISD's "STEM to STEAM" initiative. He has also been a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology and the MIT Media Laboratory teaching and researching in computer, learning and information sciences.