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Anthropologist studies why professors don’t adopt innovative teaching methods

An anthropologist who had the unenviable task of sitting through academics’ meetings and reading their email chains to find out why they fail to change their teaching styles has come to a surprising conclusion: they are simply too afraid of looking stupid in front of their students to try something new.

McLaren Receives NSF Grant to Data Mine Learning from Erroneous Examples

Erroneous examples, step-by-step examples of incorrect problem solving, is a pedagogical approach used in only a few fields, such as medical education. Bruce McLaren, an associate research professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, recently received a grant of just under $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research why learning from erroneous examples is successful and how it might be integrated into instruction more generally.

Marie Cini Lecture Next Generation Technologically-Enabled Post-Secondary Education

Remake Learning Days Offer Sneak Peak Into Next Gen Classroom-The Simon Initiative – Carnegie Mellon University

The future of learning is here, during Remake Learning Days-a regional celebration and exploration of the future of learning. Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative, which aims to transform education by continuously improving teaching and learning based on data, will be an integral part of the event running May 15-26.

An Anthropologist in the 21st Century Classroom-The Simon Initiative – Carnegie Mellon University

Educational tools can make all the difference to the learner, but despite the availability of excellent new options, many of the best technology enhanced learning (TEL) resources are being left on the shelf. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been working to understand this quandary.

Cutting-Edge Entertainment: CMU Heads to South by Southwest-CMU News – Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, March 10, 2017 By Laura Kelly Skyline of Austin, Texas Carnegie Mellon University faculty, staff and students will once again participate in South by Southwest (SXSW), the premier annual entertainment and technology festival, March 10-16 in Austin, Texas.

Collaboration and Discussion Tools Help Make Online Courses More Social

Community college students struggling in a college course are 2 percent more likely than their higher performing peers to drop out. In online courses, this number is 4 percent, the Community College Resource Center reports. And while these numbers, admittedly, aren’t huge, DeAnza College in suburban San Jose, Calif.

Going beyond teaching by instinct, by embracing learning science (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

I’m a teacher from a family of teachers. My father, who was a school principal, used to talk about hiring good teachers. He believed that some teachers have an instinct for it while others, less so. I believe that too. I have seen it. But what does it mean to have an “instinct” for teaching?

CMU Learning Scientists Featured on e-literate TV-The Simon Initiative – Carnegie Mellon University

Three Carnegie Mellon University learning scientists, Marsha Lovett, Ken Koedinger and Lauren Herckis, have been featured on e-literate TV, which is designed to provoke conversations about how technology can be employed in the service of education.

CMU postdoc’s play table for children balances virtual, physical worlds

At Forest Grove Elementary School in Robinson Township, along the Ohio River just northwest of Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is giving way to educational innovation. In a windowless room in the library, first- and second-graders experiment with a strange teaching device that’s a half-computer, half-wooden play table.

We are the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to offer multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate educational programs that emphasize technology for the benefit of people.

Relying on “Smile Scores” To Measure Student Learning Is Not a Good Idea

A recent Academic Anonymous post in The Guardian about how student surveys are affecting a young professor’s confidence got me thinking. Yes, we want students to enjoy our courses. And yes, we want students to find our instructional innovations engaging. But we can’t forget that students’ perceptions of enjoyment or engagement are not measures of instruction’s effectiveness.

Three Scientific Tips for Going Back-to-School-CMU News – Carnegie Mellon University

Saturday, August 20, 2016 By Shilo Rea / 412-268-6094 / shilo@cmu.edu With more than 205 trillion ways to teach and learn, it’s easy to understand why going back to school can be overwhelming for students and their instructors. Three research-based tips from Carnegie Mellon University can help start the school year right.

METALS Capstone Sponsor, MARi, finalist in Reach Higher Learning Career App Challenge

It’s not everyday that a Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) capstone project brings you to the White House to present your work, but that’s what happened for Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science (METALS) student Kathy Yu.

DecimalPoint | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

When it comes to learning math, how much fun you are having is rarely factored into the equation. That isn’t to say that game designers have not tried to turn instruction into more engaging material.

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Potter, METALS ’14

Mark Potter is a 2014 graduate from the Masters of Educational Technologies and Applied Learning Science (METALS) at Carnegie Mellon University. Though he originally was pursuing a career in accounting, his time spent tutoring students helped him realize his passion for improving educational outcomes. What was your background before you entered the METALS program?

CMU Researchers Advance Ed-Tech Pilots in Pittsburgh Schools | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Technology use continues to rise in schools as an important means for teachers to create a more personalized learning experience for students. Schools are increasingly dedicating significant budgets to apply educational technology to classrooms, as much as 6.6 billion in the U.S. alone.

HCII Takes Home Best Paper Award at UMAP 2016 | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Can past learning activities predict differences in individual student success? A recent project with researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) set out to answer just that, and picked up a Best Paper award along the way.

Ogan on Sensors in the Classroom | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Carnegie Mellon University, like other colleges and universities, is able to create smaller learning cohorts from large lectures by using teaching assistants. These TAs often have varied backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the U.S. educational system, which can make learning experience and outcomes differ from section to section.

Ogan Awarded Jacobs Early Career Research Fellowship

Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) Assistant Professor Amy Ogan firmly believes that the best way to improve educational technologies in international classrooms is to visit those classrooms personally, observing students and learning about how they learn.

Student Spotlight: Ph.D. Candidate Nesra Yannier

Nesra Yannier, a current Ph.D. candidate in the HCII, recently presented her thesis project to an auditorium full of entrepreneurs, faculty, students, alumni and industry professionals at the 20th Show and Tell event for Project Olympus on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The event, supported by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), includes student and faculty start up projects.

The Future of Education: Virtual Peers | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found a way to improve education for elementary and middle school students.

Want To Teach Kids “Proper” English? Speak Their Language.

In a lab in Pittsburgh filled with sleek computers, doll houses and an assortment of colorful toys, two scientists are trying to find better ways to teach students who speak in non-mainstream dialects how to excel in school–and in life–by learning to communicate in mainstream English. Their surprising conclusion?

These eerie virtual children could be better teachers than real adults

Can robots teach better than real teachers? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may have programmed ones that can. In an ongoing six-year program, researchers have built and tested animated children that talk with and teach elementary and middle school students. The bots helped raise math, science, and reading test scores significantly in multiple studies, researcher Justine Cassell tells Tech Insider.

Koedinger Will Deliver Keynote at Learning@Scale | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

HCII Faculty, Students to Present Papers and Works in Progress

Faculty Spotlight: Assistant Professor Amy Ogan

Amy Ogan, an assistant professor in the HCII and an educational technologist, is fascinated by researching ways to make learning more engaging, effective and enjoyable. Ogan is also a recent recipient of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship, a global fellowship program for the research on child and youth development.

HCII Faculty Among LearnLab Experts Who Participate in NSF Meeting

The National Science Foundation recently hosted a three-day conference to celebrate the success of its six Science of Learning Centers, and three HCII faculty members were among the representatives from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh’s LearnLab.

Lectures Best for Learning? Koedinger Says No | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Traditional education models generally revolve around lectures, but new findings from HCII Professor Ken Koedinger and a team of Carnegie Mellon researchers shows that lectures aren’t nearly as effective as people think they are – at least those of the video variety.

Learning Science Grants to Advance Educational Technology Research

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University received two new grants to advance research in the area of intelligent tutoring. The use of intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) has been shown to bridge the gap between lower and higher performing students. ITS will continue to play a critical role in improving the performance of U.S.

Slate Calls Out Koedinger’s Contributions to Learning Technologies | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Artificially intelligent software is changing the face of the American classroom, and Slate’s recent article “No More Pencils, No More Books” looks to experts like HCII Professor Ken Koedinger for insight into whether or not these types of learning technologies are effective.

Louw Receives NSF Grant for Citizen Science | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Learning Media Design Center Director and HCII faculty member Marti Louw will receive a three-year, $1.7 million National Science Foundation award to develop and study a cyberlearning tool that supports deep looking and learning in citizen science.

Koedinger Talks LearnSphere in Hechinger Report, U.S. News & World Report | Human-Computer Interaction Institute

“LearnSphere, a new $5 million federally funded project at Carnegie Mellon University, aims to become ‘the biggest open repository of education data’ in the world,” begins the Hechinger Report article “Carnegie Mellon Project Revives Failed inBloom Dream To Store and Analyze Student Data.”

The Need For Learning Engineers (and Learning Engineering) –

Editor’s Note: I am pleased to announce that Bill has agreed to continue contributing blog posts from time to time. Therefore, he is now officially a “Featured Blogger” rather than a “Guest Blogger.” Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at a workshop on online graduate education.