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How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education – EdSurge News

In the late 1960s, Nobel Prize-winning economist Herbert Simon posed the following thought exercise: Imagine you are an alien from Mars visiting a college on Earth, and you spend a day observing how professors teach their students. Simon argued that you would describe the process as “outrageous.”

New AI Enables Teachers To Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Intelligent tutoring systems have been shown to be effective in helping to teach certain subjects, such as algebra or grammar, but creating these computerized systems is difficult and laborious. Now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown they can rapidly build them by, in effect, teaching the computer to teach.

Hammer Earns NSF CAREER Award

Jessica Hammer, the Thomas and Lydia Moran Assistant Professor of Learning Science in the School of Computer Science’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the organization’s most prestigious award for young faculty members.

HCII Students’ Game Wins “Most Creative” at TreeHacks

Lucid Drums earned Most Creative Hack and finished in Top 8 Congratulations to Laura Beth Fulton, MHCI class of 2020, and Jiachen (Lilian) Gong, METALS class of 2020, for their recent success at TreeHacks 2020.

Innovation across the board

It’s no surprise that a school district as technologically savvy as Elizabeth Forward School District would be involved in Personalized Learning Squared (PL²), a collaborative project piloted by the LearnLab at Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Personalized engagement powered by personalized learning

School may be over for the day, but you wouldn’t know by the level of energy students are bringing to the cafeteria at University Preparatory at Margaret Milliones 6-12 (UPrep) right now. More than a dozen students working together in small clusters or one-on-one with adult mentors, tackling distribution and algebra problems on whiteboards.

Building a bridge between home and school

“Scissors, let’s roll!” The three students seated at the Scissors Table here in Kim Young’s third-grade classroom rise and make their way to a table at the back of the room.

Noticing student progress, online and off

Kelli Epperson leans in to view what’s on the screen of the student’s iPad. “So what’s the least common denominator between 5 and 10?” she asks the student, an eighth-grader here at Propel Homestead. “Go through your factors.” After writing out factors common to both numbers, the student hits on a denominator that will work and Epperson steps back.

Revolutionizing Education – News – Carnegie Mellon University

Like any committed instructor who finds students struggling to grasp a difficult concept, Amy Burkert wants to do everything in her power to help. At Carnegie Mellon University, where Burkert also serves as vice provost for education, she and her colleagues have had access to exceptional software and tools to analyze and improve how their students learn in the classroom and beyond.

Simon Initiative Work in Rural Panama Begins – News – Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University learning engineers are heading to rural Panama to help teachers improve student outcomes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses. Greg Bunyea, a recent graduate of the Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science program, will lead the work.

HCII’s McLaren Will Promote Educational Technology in Chile

Bruce McLaren believes the moment is right to raise the status of educational technologies in Chile. The South American nation is an advanced country with a solid educational system. Its Ministry of Education has focused on providing internet access and digital devices.

CMU, Lumen Learning Partner Delivery and Support of Evidence-Based Courseware – News – Carnegie Mellon University

Two leading providers of evidence-based learning materials, Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and open education innovator Lumen Learning, today announced plans to provide coordinated delivery and support for OLI courseware. Through this partnership, OLI’s historical strength in learning engineering is complemented by the Lumen Team’s expertise in how to deliver, promote and support learning materials implemented at scale.

With Flip of a Giant Ceremonial Switch, CMU Starts Effort to Energize ‘Learning Engineering’ – EdSurge News

Pittsburgh, PA-For a moment this week, the provost of Carnegie Mellon University looked a bit like a game show host as he grabbed the lever of an oversized switch and called on an audience to join him in a countdown-“5, 4, 3, 2, 1.”

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OpenSimon Toolkit to Make Every Classroom a Learning Laboratory

PITTSBURGH, May 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Carnegie Mellon University launched OpenSimon – a learning engineering community that will catalyze a revolution in learning and teaching for the world’s educational institutions. Central to this effort is the release of the OpenSimon Toolkit.

How Carnegie Mellon’s $100 Million Software Donation Will Radically Change How Professors Teach

Carnegie Mellon University is betting $100 million that the best way to spark a revolution in education is not by building some product with artificial intelligence or some other whizzy new technology but by empowering educators to become applied learning scientists in their own classrooms.

Carnegie Mellon Announces Release of Toolkit To Kickstart Global Revolution in Educational Effectiveness – News – Carnegie Mellon University

For decades, Carnegie Mellon University has developed new technology-based learning techniques that have improved student performance and teaching skills for its campus community and select partners. Now the university is making them more widely and openly available for all post-secondary and K-12 institutions.

Renaissance and Carnegie Mellon University Partner to Provide Educators with New Insights into Student Learning

The second collaboration between the global edtech leader and the acclaimed university will provide new data and analytics tools for school and district leaders WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (July 9, 2019) – Renaissance®, a global leader in pre-K-12 education technology, today […]

HCI Class Project Turned Entrepreneurship Lesson for Dedicated METALS Students

The work began as a group project for an elective HCI course. Three Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science (METALS) students took the seminar-studio Learning Media Design course in Fall 2018 with instructor Marti Louw. This course focuses on the process of creating effective and engaging technology-enhanced learning experiences.

OpenSimon Toolkit To Make Every Classroom a Learning Laboratory – News – Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University has launched OpenSimon – a learning engineering community that will catalyze a revolution in learning and teaching for the world’s educational institutions. Central to this effort is the release of the OpenSimon Toolkit.

Faculty Competencies for Innovation? | Learning Innovation

If you work in the field of learning innovation in higher education, you undoubtedly collaborate with faculty on course, program, and/or institutional level innovation projects. Thomas Carey in his study of innovation competencies for graduates defines innovation as, “the process of creating lasting value by the successful mobilization of new ideas.”

Carnegie Mellon and Lumen Learning Announce EEP-Relevant Collaboration –

Late last week, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Lumen Learning jointly issued a press release announcing their collaboration on an effort to integrate the Lumen-developed RISE analytical framework for curricular materials improvement analysis into the toolkit that Carnegie Mellon announced it will be contributing via open licenses (and unveiling at the Empirical Educator Project (EEP) summit that they are hosting in May).

Two Research Projects To Close ‘Opportunity Gap’ for Students

A pair of separate, but complementary, research projects led by Carnegie Mellon University will use cutting-edge research in motivation, thinking, culturally affirming teaching and human-computer interaction to galvanize a community of teachers, mentors and parents around improving math achievement.

Carnegie Mellon, Lumen Learning Partner To Expand Support for Evidence-based Learning Materials – News – Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative and open courseware provider Lumen Learning today announced a partnership to share tools for developing, evaluating and continuously improving evidence-based learning materials. Lumen and the Simon Initiative have collaborated to integrate the RISE Framework, an analytical tool used to identify poorly performing learning content, into a new educational effectiveness toolkit announced recently by Carnegie Mellon.

CMU: Pittsburgh’s Learning Engine

Fifty years ago Carnegie Tech and the Mellon Institute merged to form Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). With roots in industry and enterprise, CMU grads have gone on to start tech giants , Juniper Networks and Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle). CMU’s early strength in artificial intelligence yielded Carnegie Learning, a leader in adaptive secondary and postsecondary math software.

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.”