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Xie Receives 2017 EHE Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Kui Xie, our lab director, receives the 2017 EHE Distinguished Research Award. The EHE Distinguished Research Award honors one individual every year who advances the field through transforming and integrating knowledge, facilitating learning, solving compelling problems, contributing to public policy, evaluating practices and programs, or interpreting knowledge for relevant audiences. (more…)

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Algebra Ready to Improve Teacher Quality

We are thrilled to announce that our latest project, Algebra Ready: Teaching Mathematics with Digital Content, has received funding support from Ohio Department of Higher Education. The project builds upon the success of our previous EDCITE: Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence project and has design features tailored to address the specific needs in algebra teaching.

Algebra Ready aims to improve teachers’ mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical strategies, their technological pedagogical knowledge for adopting digital resources in teaching mathematics and, ultimately, to increase students’ academic achievement and college readiness in the area of mathematics. The project focuses on algebra across grade levels and the contents are well aligned with Ohio’s New Learning Standards. (more…)

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School-Based Research Team Visits CRO and EDCITE Schools

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The school-based research team, led by Dr. Kui Xie, Cyphert Distinguished Professor in Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Vanessa Vongkulluksn, the school-based research lead, visited 7 partner schools for the College Ready Ohio project and 5 partner school districts for the EDCITE: Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence project. The team reported Year 1 survey results and discussed the implications for school policy and classroom practice. Prior to the December visits, the team analyzed and prepared school-specific assessment reports, focusing on teacher beliefs towards technology integration and student non-cognitive competencies such as motivation, grit, and school belongingness. (more…)

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Data analytics and electronic recommendations

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Data analytics is a pervasive and powerful set of methodologies that allows researchers to gain insights into processes and behaviors. It does so by combining and processing a wide array of trace data that are made available by the internet and mobile technology. This is true also in the field of educational research, where the development of digital tools to support pedagogical activities offers new opportunities for studying learning. In turn, by collecting data about the usage of learning technology, we can better understand and reshape the contexts in which learning takes place.

Driven by the interest in data intensive research and stimulated by the challenges of applying data analytics to educational research, The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning has been working with the SpotOn project, an initiative of The Ohio State University, sponsored by the College of Education of Human Ecology. SpotOn’s mission is to “support PreK-12 teachers, administrators, and content decision-makers in the evaluation and selection of those digital resources that best meet their instructional requirements and the learning needs of their students.” (more…)

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Ohio State learning technology goes abroad

The place is different. The culture is different. But the educational issues are the same.

This summer, four professors in the College of Education and Human Ecology shared their learning technology knowledge with students and faculty in central China.

Kui Xie, David Stein, Tracey Stuckey-Mickell and Michael Glassman, all faculty in the Department of Educational Studies, traveled to Wuhan, China, to discuss their research in learning technology and distance education and experiences at The Ohio State University with those at Central China Normal University and nearby universities.

For two weeks, the faculty provided insights in technology and online learning in seminars as well as hosting lectures on e-learning, learning analytics and e-learning research trends.

“Our research topics were well-received by the Chinese scholars. Their interest in digital learning raised a lot of critical questions,” said Xie, EHE’s Cyphert Distinguished Professor.

“Students also are very interested in our work. They are especially interested in the research methods and the right questions to ask.”

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