Kui Xie, associate professor of educational technology, has been named the Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor.
Frederick R. “Ted” Cyphert, dean of the College of Education, and his wife, Lois, were loyal supporters of teacher education. After his death in 2005, Lois wanted to ensure that their endowment supported and enhanced a faculty member’s work that benefits public school education and teachers’ ability to improve student learning. The revival of the Cyphert Distinguished Professorship, created in 1994, is a signal of the college’s commitment to the use of digital learning pedagogy and technology to enhance teacher effectiveness and learner achievement.
Advancing the impact of digital learning research
With a faculty appointment in the Department of Educational Studies, Xie is passionate about integrating advanced computer technologies into education, especially through the use of distance learning. “The driving question behind my current research,” he said, “is how to design, develop and integrate innovative technologies that afford to promote students’ motivation and cognitive engagement in digital learning.” Xie is best known for the breadth and depth of his research on asynchronous online learning, especially online learning forums conducted over time. He studies it from multiple perspectives, including student engagement, motivation, cognition and social interactions. Xie is also recognized for developing innovative analytical methods for his studies. He is among the first to collect learning analytics (i.e., data from digital learning systems) to investigate students’ motivation and engagement during online learning experiences.
Eric Anderman, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Studies, said, “Xie is advancing our knowledge of how computer technology can create cognitive tools that motivate student to learn, facilitate hands-on learning and build scaffolds for complex cognitive activities. The Cyphert Professorship supports his efforts to better inform educational research and instructional design.” (more…)