Dr. Nishikant (Nish) Sonwalkar
academician scientist musician
About the Author
Dr. Sonwalkar is regarded as a leading expert in the application of computers in education. He has extensive research and development experience in hypermedia authoring, mobile learning, adaptive learning, and brain-based synaptic learning, advanced scientific visualization, database management systems, and computer simulation.
After receiving doctoral degree from MIT in the area of Molecular Dynamics of Nano-interfaces, he joined MIT as faculty in Mechanical Engineering, but his passion for technology enabled education led him become the founding director of Hypermedia Teaching Facility (Hypermedia Lab) at MIT and later he was appointed as the Principal Educational Architect of MIT.
Changing the Interface of Higher Education
The pedagogy for technology enabled education over last few decades have been influenced by behaviorist, cognitive, and constructivist theories...
Fluid Mechanics Hypercourse
This CD-ROM is designed to accompany James Fay's "Introduction to Fluid Mechanics". An enhanced hypermedia version of the textbook, ...
Dr. Sonwalkar received numerous National awards for his significant contributions to technology enabled education from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and other Institutions:
- 2007 Innovative Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning
- 2007 USDLA Award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning
- 2007 USDLA Platinum Award for Best Practices for On-line Distance Learning Programming for the development of Master of Management “AdaptNet” Program
- In 2008 he is inducted into the “advisory board” of USDLA.
Contribution to Educational Technology
Dr. Sonwalkar developed the pedagogical framework of “The Leaning Cube” combining media, models and interactivity to develop adaptive learning technology and interfaces. He developed the “MetaModaic Interface” and the “Hypermedia Instruction and Teaching Environment, (HITE)” for technology enhanced education at MIT. He is considered as the pioneer of “Adaptive Learning Technology” and “Adaptive Blended Learning Methodology” which is now adapted by numerous Universities and Colleges in US. He is also researcher and developer for the “Theory of Synaptic Learning” for the enhancement of technology enabled education.