Webinar 2: Perspectives on Meta Knowledge

Sept 17, 2020 - This event has already taken place

2 ET / 1 CT / 12 MT / 11 PT (1.25 hr duration)

Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 594.3MB Sep17 20).


Candace Thille, Director of Learning Science and Engineering at Amazon

Elke Weber, Professor and Director of the Behavioral Science for Policy Lab at Princeton University


Meta Knowledge includes the skills, mindsets, and attitudes that address the process of working with core STEM knowledge, turning knowledge into action. In this webinar, we will focus on emerging insights into how humans assign value and risk, how we learn best, and the use of technology to assist learning. How should these considerations inform the design of STEM programs that prepare students for rapid changes in everything from the nature of work to planetary climate conditions?

Meet the Speakers

Candace Thille, Ph.D.

Director of Learning Science and Engineering at Amazon

Dr. Candace Thille is Amazon's Director of Learning Science, working with the company's Global Learning and Development team to scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon. Previously, she was the founding director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University and at Stanford University. At Stanford University, she was also an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, faculty in the Neurosciences Interdepartmental Program, and a Research Fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning. Her focus is in applying the results from research in the science of learning to the design and evaluation of technology mediated learning environments and in using those environments to conduct research at the intersection of human learning and machine learning. Dr. Thille currently serves on the board of Trustees for the Educational Testing Service and the California Education Learning Lab in the Governor's office of planning and research. She has served on the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities; as a fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education; on the Assessment 2020 Task Force of the American Board of Internal Medicine; on the advisory council for the Association of American Universities STEM initiative; and on the advisory council for the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources. She served on the working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) that produced the Engage to Excel report and on the U.S. Department of Education working groups, co-authoring the 2010 and 2015 National Education Technology Plans. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley; a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Elke Weber, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the Behavioral Science for Policy Lab at Princeton University

Elke Weber is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her research models decision-making under uncertainty and time delay in financial and environmental contexts from a psychological and neuroscience perspective. Her expertise in the behavioral decision sciences has been sought out by advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences on Human Dimensions in Global Change, an American Psychological Association Task Force that issued a report on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change, and Working Group III for the 5th and 6th Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She is past president of the Society for Neuroeconomics, the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and the Society for Mathematical Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Risk Analysis, the Society for Experimental Psychology. She received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Risk Analysis and was elected to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the US National Academy of Sciences.