Recent News and Announcement

Lab Members Awarded 2014-2015 EHE Scholarships

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Congratulations to our members in The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning! They were awarded the 2014-2015 EHE (College of Education and Human Ecology) Scholarships. The Scholarship Celebration was held on Sept. 12 at the Nationwide 4-H Center. Over 250 donors, administrators, and recipients attended the event. Zhiru Sun, a doctoral candidate in learning technology, was awarded Elise Alberty Scholarship. Lin Lu, first-year Ph.D. student in learning technology, was awarded C. B. Mendenhall Memorial Fund. Sheng-Bo Chen and Sheng-Lun Cheng, both first-year Ph.D. students in learning technology, were awarded Donald G. Lux and Harriet H. Lux Scholarship Fund in Technology Education. The received money can be used to assist with any educational costs such as books, housing, food, and research supplies. Let’s celebrate bright futures with these deserving recipients.

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Partnering with Schools in Two Statewide Straight A Projects

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The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning is proud to be one of the partners in two FY2015 Straight A Fund wining projects: the College Ready Ohio project was awarded for $13.5 million and the EDCITE: Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence project was awarded for $8.4 million. The Straight A Innovation Fund, launched by Ohio Governor John Kasich in 2013, aims to provide funding to educational entities in Ohio for innovative ideas to meet students’ learning needs while reduce educational costs.

College Ready Ohio aims to expand access to college-level courses to high school students across the states via mobile learning, open digital sources, and College Credit Plus opportunities.  By studying both online and in-person teaching and learning formats, different approaches can be examined relating to how K-12 teachers and students best adapt to new or different teaching and learning strategies. This project is led by Educational Service Center of Central Ohio partnering with ten K-12 school districts, The Ohio State University (OSU), Geauga County Educational Service Center and the Ohio STEM Learning Network. The OSU lead for this project is Liv Gjestvang from Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE).  (more…)

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Zhiru Sun Receiving Funding to Attend National Workshop

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Kudos to Zhiru Sun – a doctoral candidate in learning technology. She was awarded funding to present at the 3rd annual learning science workshop held in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA on June 14-15th, 2014. The topic of the presentation was “The effect of Internet self-efficacy on students’ blogging performances”. The study investigated the relationship between students’ blogging performances and the five dimensions of the Internet self-efficacy: communication, search, differentiation, organization, and generation. The results showed that the generation dimension, the most complex level of Internet activity, had significantly positive effect on students’ blogging performances.

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Taking Leadership in AERA SIG-Design and Technology

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Congratulations to Dr. Kui Xie. He has been elected as an officer for the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group Design and Technology (AERA SIG-Design & Technology). The position has a three-year rolling term. In the first year, Xie will be the secretary or treasurer. In his second year, he will serve as a chair-elect and program chair. In his final year, Xie will serve as the chair for the SIG.

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