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Lab Members Presenting at AERA 2014

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Lab members presented their research findings at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2014 conference in Philadelphia, PA. The topic of the presentation was “The effect of perceived leadership on small group online collaborative learning through asynchronous online discussions.” The study examined the relationship between emergent leadership, self-regulatory strategies, learning engagement, and achievement in small group online collaborative learning activities.

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Team Presenting at Innovate 2014

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Dr. Kui Xie and his team presented at the Innovate: Create 2014 conference. His presentation overviewed the theoretical frameworks and practical considerations underlying the design of an online learning module that aimed to promote students’ motivation, engagement, and learning in online environments. Presenters described the rationale behind students’ participation in authentic learning and collaborative learning activities in the module. They demonstrated how the development of instructional materials and course activities were guided by theoretical and empirical research on motivation and learning. In addition, they demonstrated how assessments were built into the learning activities. For more information, please visit: http://odee.osu.edu/innovate/session/creating-motiving-and-engaging-online

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Kui Xie presenting at International Games Day hosted at OSU

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The International Games Day was hosted at the Thompson Library at the Ohio State University. It is a university wide event addressing game culture, game research, and teaching with games. Dr. Kui Xie joined in the research panel and presented his research on “Understanding Learning Engagement within Game Play: Affective and Cognitive Engagement.”

For more information please visit: http://library.osu.edu/help/instructional-services/international-games-day-thompson-library/

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Winning a Learning Technology Impact Grant

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Dr. Xie and his team were awarded an impact grant from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning. They will develop course materials and instructional interventions to help students maximize their learning in online environments. They will develop dynamic interactive learning modules to enhance the teaching and learning experience in an existing online course, ESEPSY 1259: Individual Learning and Motivation Strategies for Success in College, offered through the Dennis Learning Center. Based on theoretical and empirical research on motivation and learning and incorporating contemporary learning technologies and authentic learning and collaborative learning strategies, these modules will promote students’ motivation for learning in online classes. The modules will be designed for re-use in any online course, while the process of developing these materials will become the best-practices template for remaking further modules for this and similar courses.

For more information, please visit: https://odee.osu.edu/odee-grants/impact-grant/272
Also see featured news at: http://news.ehe.osu.edu/2013/06/28/making-an-impact-on-students-motivation-while-learning-online/.

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