Andrew Cochran (Drew) is deeply committed philosophically and practically to the healthy function and integration of technology in braided online learning communities. He teaches from the philosophical foundation of situated cognition which posits an antithetical view of thinking and learning compared to the information processing model. From this model knowledge and learning are perception action cycles that are anchored by intentions (goals) and attention at any given point in time. Feel free to stop by his office in Mager to learn more.
Andrew first came to appreciate situated cognition and communities of practice in his observance of esports (professional competitive video games) communities. Through his doctoral research he developed a theory that expounded on the work of Lave and Wenger by suggesting that individuals’ involvement in communities affect their involvement with other communities and that nested communities exist within larger affinity groups of people.
When not working, Andrew enjoys biking, kayaking, fishing, playing video games, skiing, cooking, baking, and spending time with friends and family. Having grown up in Craftsbury, Andrew always knew about Sterling and the innovative things that were and are being done here, and is thrilled to have such an incredible opportunity to influence higher education toward more sustainable, community-integrated practice.
|PhD candidate Educational Psychology : Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology,||University of Connecticut|
|MS Experimental Psychology||Rivier University|
|BA Psychology and Human Services||Northern Vermont University|
|Cochran, A. F. (2019, October). League of Legends: An Advancement of Lavian Communities of Practice. Paper presented at the University of California Irvine Esports Conference, Irvine, CA.|
|Cochran, A. F. (2019, October). Understanding Fortnite: Digital citizenship in a virtual world. Playground presentation presented at the CASL/CECA annual conference, Hartford, CT.|
Interests:Baking, Singing, novice woodworker
January, 2021 UConn President’s COVID Recognition Award Recipient
Community Online Valor Innovation Diversity & Inclusion
As a member of the Anti Black Racism Course Team
Three Books You Recommend?
B. F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity
Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, Situated Learning: Legitimate Peripheral Participation
Michael Young and Stephen Slota, Exploding the Castle: Rethinking how Video Game and Game Mechanics can Change the Future of Education