Kristina Hooper Woolsey

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Dr. Kristina Woolsey, 2019

Dr. Kristina Hooper Woolsey is an American scholar and cognitive scientist known as the "mother of multimedia" for her pioneering work at the Apple Multimedia Lab and Atari Research Labs, which she directed. Woolsey was a founding member of the Apple Human Interface Group.

She was named a Distinguished Scientist by Apple Computer in acknowledgment of her pioneering work in multimedia in education, and an NMC Fellow[1] by the New Media Consortium for her lifetime of contributions to the field.

As a postdoctoral fellow in architecture in the 1970s, she explored the connections between "movies", e.g. film and video, and physical spaces. As an assistant professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz she explored geographic information systems, working on the Aspen Movie Map as a visiting faculty member at MIT.

She has served in a myriad of roles, including executive producer of a range of critically acclaimed multimedia titles, including Life Story, the Visual Almanac, and Voices of the Thirties. Woolsey is author of many articles, chapters, and books, including VizAbility,[2] from Ceengage Publishers, which she coauthored with Scott Kim and Gayle Curtis. She served as co-editor with Sueann Ambron for Learning with Interactive Multimedia[3] from Microsoft Press.

In 2009 Woolsey was the Project Director for a Capital Project at the San Francisco Exploratorium. She was also a member of the Emeritus Board[4] of the New Media Consortium, an organization she has worked with since its inception, and Head of the Advisory Board for the Learning, Design and Technology Program at Stanford University.

Woolsey also serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. She is Director of the Marin Learning Conservancy and served as president of the Ross School Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.[citation needed]

Her most recent projects include the not-for-profit Golden Age of Multimedia,[5][6] which she authored, and New Media Thinking,[7] in which she served as director.


  1. ^ "Kristina Woolsey: 2007 NMC Fellows Award". New Media Consortium. June 9, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  2. ^ Woolsey, Kristina Hooper, Scott Kim, and Gayle Curtis. VizAbility: Learn to Communicate Visually. Boston, Mass: Thomson/Course Technology, 2004. ISBN 978-0-534-49456-8
  3. ^ Ambron, Sueann Robinson, and Kristina Hooper. Learning with Interactive Multimedia: Developing and Using Multimedia Tools in Education. Redmond, Wash: Microsoft Press, 1990. ISBN 978-1-55615-282-5
  4. ^ "NMC Board Members Emeritus". New Media Consortium. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  5. ^ "The Golden age of Multimedia". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  6. ^ "Golden Age of Multimedia". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  7. ^ "New Media Thinking". Retrieved 2009-07-01.