Essays in Personalizable Software
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Copyright 2010 by Gerry Stahl
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Much of my work in computer science at the University of Colorado in Boulder can be characterized as explorations of personalizable software. For me, that term increasingly meant designing hypermedia systems that would allow people to explore information from different personal perspectives. This theme persisted in my research from the time that I joined Gerhard Fischer’s lab as a beginning graduate student in 1989 and became a research assistant for Ray McCall in 1990 until I transitioned into educational software upon graduation in 1993. The switch to educational software stretched across many years and several roles, including software developer, post-doc and research professor. The development of WebGuide played a central role in the transition, since WebGuide applied the mechanisms of personalizable software and computational perspectives to an educational application.