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Wendy Newstetter

Director of Learning Sciences Research, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

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Wendy C. Newstetter is the Director of Learning Sciences Research in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her B.A. from Colby College in Asian Studies and her M.S. and Ph.D in Linguistics from Lancaster University in England. She conducts research on learning and cognition in interdisciplinary research laboratories and classrooms using ethnographic and qualitative research methods. Her goal is to create greater parity between these two sites of learning.
Creating Spaces to Support Communities of Learners
Problem-Based Learning at Georgia Tech
An Interview with Wendy Newstetter
If, in 2000, you had the option to start from scratch— no courses, curriculum, or spaces— yet with the vision of guiding students to become truly integrative thinkers, to be able to move seamlessly between the world of engineering and the world of biology, what kind of learning environment would you have in place today?

Based on their theory of learning, that it should be situated and collaborative, Georgia Tech’s biomedical engineering faculty have achieved courses, program and space that engage students in authentic problem-solving, doing the kind of model-based reasoning that engineers do. In contrast with large classrooms where there is one whiteboard on which the professor displays what he or she knows, their PBL rooms are designed for groups of eight students–with wall-to-wall white boards. Here students can "go public," externalize and display what they are learning, and identify through that display what they do not yet know.
Plenary Session III
Questions For the Next Decade, Phillip D. Long, Wendy Newstetter, Louis G. Tassinary
Breakout Session I-A: Designing Learning Environments for 21st Century Learners and Learning
2009 Facilities Workshop at Duke University
Plenary Session I: Starting the Conversations-- Spaces that Serve Learning
2008 Facilities Roundtable
Conversations for Design Professionals
Presented by
  • Thomas C. Greene, Gaines Professor of Psychology, St. Lawrence University
  • Wendy Newstetter, Director of Learning Sciences, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology