Marty Siegel is a Professor of Informatics, Education, and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Within the School of Informatics and Computing, Marty is the Director of Graduate Studies in Informatics. Prior to serving in this position, he served as the founding Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Design Program, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, the Executive Associate Dean of the School, and the Chair of the Informatics Department. From 1991-1999 he was the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Excellence in Education. In this context he founded Indiana University’s first start-up company, WisdomTools (founded in 1999 and sold in December 2008). The company focused on the development of “next generation” learning tools designed to develop deep, insightful learning, a kind of “practical intelligence” or tacit knowledge.
Marty is among a group of pioneers in online learning, beginning with his work in the 1970’s and 1980’s on the PLATO system. At the University of Illinois, Marty was a professor in the Departments of Information Science and Educational Psychology. Additionally, he was the Assistant Director of the Computer-based Education Research Laboratory (CERL) and Head of CERL’s Curriculum and Applications Group. In 1988, he was Microsoft’s first Faculty Fellow.
Before coming to Indiana University in 1991, Marty served as Director of Professional Services at Authorware (which became Macromedia and is now a part of Adobe).
At Indiana University, Marty’s research focuses on the design of digital learning environments; slow change interaction design, and design pedagogy. He co-directs with Erik Stolterman a National Science Foundation grant on design methods (NSF Project #1115532). More recently, he founded a new company called “Glerb,” a knowledge exchange and learning system that fosters mastery-based learning. The Glerb ethic asserts that all people, regardless of educational level, are mentors and learners: everyone has something to teach; everyone has something to learn. The Glerb system encourages people to “pay it forward.”
Marty is writing a book about teaching and learning design, The Design Habit.