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Spencer Supports Research on At-Risk College Students

To succeed in college, students need be able to plan and engage in studying activities beyond the classroom. This competency is especially critical for academically at-risk students who are often not able to manage their learning engagement to achieve desired academic outcomes. Contextual features of students’ study plans and actual learning environments influence students’ engagement and learning (Xie, Heddy, & Vongkulluksn, 2019). However, due to limitations of current research methodology and instrumentation, there are no empirical evidence regarding the types of contextual features that may enhance students’ out-of-classroom engagement, limiting provision of support in this area to at-risk college students. (more…)

Team Attends 2019 AECT Convention in Las Vegas

Between Monday, October 21st and Friday, October 25th a group of researchers from the Research Laboratory for Digital Learning attended the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. As one of the premier educational technology conferences in the world, every year, AECT gave the team an opportunity to share its research and network with other scholars. Throughout the week, the team presented in a total of five unique sessions and took time to attend other presentations and enjoy the city as well. (more…)

Building School Partnerships for Translational Research

At The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning, we place great emphasis on the idea of translational research. In working with our school partners, we learn from schools about the pressing issues and problems in practice; we translate the practical questions from the schools into academic research questions; we design research studies in addressing these questions; then we bring the results back to the schools in order to situate the results in the school context to generate meaningful findings and in return, to answer the practical questions from the schools. (more…)

Presentations at APA 2019 Chicago

On August 8-11, 2019, members from the Research Laboratory for Digital Learning attending the Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Drs. Kui Xie and Vanessa Vongkulluksn are active members of APA division 15, Educational Psychology. The two had a chance to attend many events hosted by division 15, including a symposium on Communicating the Science of Learning in a Post-Truth World, an interactive workshop on How to Engage with Policy Makers, and the Presidential Address by Dr. Michael Nussbaum. (more…)

Team concludes Spencer-Funded Project with Professional Development Talk at Worthington Local Schools

A project from OSU’s Research Laboratory for Digital Learning Scaffolding Information Literacy Development in Science ended on a high note with the principal investigator, Dr. Vanessa Vongkulluksn, delivering a professional development (PD) session at Worthington City Schools’ Learning Leaders Academy. (more…)

Engagement at AECT2018 Kansas City

In the 2018 Annual Meeting for Association for Educational Communication and Technologies (AECT) at Kansas City, MO, our lab members fully engaged in various programs and presentations.

Four excellent presentations were made by our lab members: (1) Effects of ability and value beliefs on technology integration: A multilevel mediation analysis by Sheng-Lun Cheng, Lin Lu, and Kui Xie; (2) A design-based research study to develop an online flipped language classroom model by Zilu Jiang, Kui Xie, and Jiahang Li (Michigan State University); (3) Learning computational thinking by stem-integrated learning approach in 4th grade flipped classroom by Xing Li, Yi Zhang (Central China Normal University), and Kui Xie; (4) A review of design and technological components of educational digital resources. Kui Xie, Gennaro Di Tosto, Sheng-Bo Chen, and Vanessa Vongkulluksn. (more…)

Spencer Foundation Supports Information Literacy Research

Information literacy is crucial for success in schools, and for effective functioning as informed citizens. With increasing availabilities of web 2.0 technologies in the classroom, students need to be able to critically evaluate information to learn effectively. This competency is particularly important in science education since conflicting scientific claims are common in digital spaces. However, there are no clear guidelines for science teachers regarding how information literacy should be taught and integrated into day-to-day science instruction. (more…)