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Karin Forssell

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Karin Forssell


Assistant: Rosa Alvarez


Dr. Karin Forssell is the director of the Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) master's program and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Dr. Forssell also directs the GSE Makery, a new maker space on campus where students and faculty can explore how making things helps people learn. In her courses, students learn to use research from the learning sciences and learning-centered design processes to create effective digital tools. Her current interests include maker space education, teacher technology adoption, and parenting in a digital world.

Dr. Forssell draws insights from her many years of concurrent work as a teacher on special assignment for technology in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Dr. Forssell earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics, master's degree in teacher education, and doctorate in learning sciences and technology design at Stanford University.

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Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Collaborative Learning | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Forssell, K. (2019). CHM Learning Lab: A Special Place for Learning About Learning (pp. 26–29). Mountain View, CA: The Computer History Museum. Retrieved from

Forssell, K., & Brazer, D. (2019). Principals and Teachers Empowering Teaching with Technology. Technologies to Lead Schools: Key Concepts to Enhance Student Success (pp. 1–21). Rowman & Littlefield.

Forssell, K. (2019). How Effective Is Your Edtech Tool? Five Questions to Ask [Blog Post]. . Retrieved from

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