Roger Schank

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I am the founder of Socratic Arts and XTOL, a frequent speaker on a range of topics, and Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University.

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Socratic Arts designs learn-by-doing programs for Fortune 500 companies, the government, and post-secondary schools. We help clients look at training and educational needs from a different perspective, asking what employees need to learn how to do as opposed to asking what they need to know.

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XTOL designs learn-by-doing experiential short courses for use by universities, corporations and professional organizations, as well as Master's programs in partnership with degree-granting universities around the world. Our programs combine the Socratic teaching method with simulations of real-world on-the-job experiences to teach students the skills they need to land competitive jobs in their chosen field, advance in their career or begin new careers. Our current university partners include the University of Maryland University Campus and the University of Texas, and we have several other university partnerships we will be announcing in the future. XTOL also has a European division that offers courses direct to students and will be launching courses soon in other parts of the world.

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I am a frequent keynote speaker on education, learning theory and cognitive science.  Here are a few examples of recent speeches and TV appearances.

The Cognitive Processes that Underlie Learning

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The Business of Innovation (CNBC)

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The Future of Training

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I spent 25 years working in Artificial Intelligence. My new goal is not to build intelligent machines, but rather to build an intelligently organized and indexed knowledge base that is easily accessible and gets smarter over time. The current manifestation of this goal is called EXTRA (Experts Telling Relevant Advice). EXTRA is a knowledge management system that stores and retrieves digitally recorded stories. EXTRA has one intention -- and that is to get a story to a user that will help him or her make a decision just at the time that they are about to make a decision. We use storytelling as the vehicle to impart knowledge. You can read more about EXTRA and see a demo here.

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I am also the Executive Director at Engines for Education, which specializes in producing classroom-based, virtual-classroom-based, web-mentored, and pure e-learning simulations. You can learn more about it on the Engines for Eduction website.

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LATEST NEWS

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Online Education has Become a Joke. Let's look at what people are calling online education.

Learning by Doing plus Mentoring: In January, 2014 I gave a talk at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) discussing an alternative to online education.

Visit their Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to learn more, or view a video of my presentation.

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EDUCATION OUTRAGE

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