Michael Horn

Michael Horn

Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Annenberg Hall
Room 336
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (617) 803-5501
Michael S. Horn is an assistant professor at Northwestern University with a joint appointment in Computer Science and the Learning Sciences. His research considers the intersection of human-computer interaction and learning with a focus on thoughtful uses of emerging technologies in diverse learning settings. Some of Horn's recent projects have included an investigation of multi-touch tabletops in natural history museums and the use of tangible programming languages in kindergarten classrooms and science museums.

Michael Horn earned his PhD in computer science at Tufts University working in the departments of Computer Science and Child Development. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Brown University. He has also worked as a software engineer for Classroom Connect and iRobot Corporation.

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Year Degree Institution
2009 PhD, Computer Science Tufts University
2006 MS, Computer Science Tufts University
1997 ScB, Computer Science Brown University

Selected Publications
Leong, Zeina; Horn. Michael (2014). Waiting for learning: Designing interactive educational materials for patient waiting areas. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series: 145-153.

Horn, Michael; Routman, Emily; Weintrop, David (2014). Programming in the pond: A tabletop computer programming exhibit. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings: 1417-1422.

Horn, Michael (2014). Beyond video games for social change. Interactions: 66-68.

Solomon, Cynthia; Banerjee, Amartya; Horn, Michael (2014). Ultimate trainer: Instructional feedback for ultimate frisbee players. TEI 2014 - 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction: 137-140.

Banerjee, Amartya; Horn, Michael (2014). Ghost Hunter: Parents and children playing together to learn about energy consumption. TEI 2014 - 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction: 267-274.

Tangible Interaction Design and Learning Laboratory (TIDAL Lab)


LRN_SCI 425 Introduction to Design for Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Seminar on Learning in Museums Emerging interactive technologies are rapidly transforming the ways in which we work, play, communicate, and learn. Research on tangible interaction attempts to blur the line between digital technologies and the broader physical, social, and cultural worlds within which computer use is situated. This course will explore the use of tangible interaction to create innovative learning experiences and will review both theoretical and technological foundations of the field. Topics may include distributed cognition, embodied interaction, cultural forms, and tangible interaction frameworks. Coursework will consist of weekly readings and discussions with a final paper that students will revise several times over the course of the term. This course is intended for students interested in publishing in learning sciences, human-computer interaction, or related fields.

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