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If all goes as planned, I will take a sabbatical during fall semester 1993 to visit some of the universities with what I think are the most interesting PhD programs at the intersection of technology and learning. Places I would like to visit include Vanderbilt, Bank Street, Pittsburgh, UW-Madison, Northwestern, UC-SanDiego, Indiana...each for different reasons. I hope to write about what I learn during this sabbatical, as well as bring ideas back to our own program. I notice that many of the responses on this issue seem to reflect a belief that the quality of PhD programs in IT can somehow be ranked on a linear scale, and that the usually mentioned names (the "halo" effect) in the past are still at the cutting edge. My own view is that you could hardly think of a domain in which the likelihood of stability in "quality" is smaller. Changes in technology, research on cognition, and educational reform are all leading to major shifts and changes. Any student considering graduate study in this field would be well-advised to make extensive inquiries about several universities, rather than relying on past reputation. To which I would add the obvious caveat that what is "best" really depends upon the individual student, his or her career goals, and so on...the "match" between student and program. For example, I think Michigan State University's new PhD program integrating the formerly separate PhD programs in "learning and cognition" and "educational technology" should be especially relevant to students interested in how technology can be used in support of meaningful learning, with particular attention to use in school settings. This is a quite different domain than that given prominence at universities emphasizing "instructional design" or "artifical intelligence," for example. What we need is an "expert advisor" system to help students find the best match. AttnGEPC, EdPsych, AttnGEPCPatrick Dickson bitnet: firstname.lastname@example.org Professor internet: email@example.com Educational Psychology AppleLink: U0863 Michigan State University (517) 355-1835 (work) East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 337-4041 (home)