During the past decade, concerns about low levels of science literacy have led to serious soul-searching about the effectiveness of science education in American colleges and universities. In its recent "Shaping the Future" call to arms, the National Science Foundation has emphasized the need to strengthen the quality of science education by fostering learning-centered and inquiry-orientated approaches to teaching. Educational technology has been touted as a tool that can improve the quality of teaching, but it could be argued that this claim is paradigm-dependent. For example, some technologies may improve presentations, but they do not necessarily increase the likelihood that a student has been moved from passive to active learning. This symposium will explore uses of educational technology that are intended to support learning-centered and inquiry-oriented pedagogies, especially those applications that encourage student experience in the process of science.

Key words: case, educational technology, inquiry, learning, research simulation, web