LT's Dr. Angel Pazurek has been appointed as the country director for the midwest region of the United States for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL). HETL is a professional organization serving the global higher education community through thought leadership, professional development, global advocacy, and peer-to-peer learning.


Dr. Angel Pazurek has been invited to serve as an associate editor for eLearn Magazinean open-access, peer-reviewed publication at the intersection of online learning research and practice. It provides a space for evidence-based conversations with practical implications for higher education, K-12, corporate, government, and not-for-profit contexts.


LT faculty Dr.Angelica Pazurek recently published a book chapter "Social media for connected learning and engagement in online education." in the book Learning: Design, engagement, and definition. 


Learning Technologies Ph.D. student Xinran Zhu, Hong Shui, and faculty Dr. Bodong Chen’s paper titled Designing Support for Productive Social Interaction and Knowledge Co-construction in Collaborative Annotation won the Best Student Paper Award at the 29th International Conference on Computers in Education. This paper was also nominated for the Best Research Paper Award category.


The Learning + Technologies Collaborative (formally LT Media Lab) is celebrating multi-year partnership anniversaries with two Minnesota school districts. Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) are long-term collaborations between school districts, universities, and organizations that center themselves around mutual problems of practice and a shared research agenda.


Learning Technologies faculty Dr.Bodong Chen, Dr.Cassie Scharber, and Educational Psychology colleague Dr.David DeLiema were awarded an NSF grant to develop a justice-oriented, tech-enhanced learning program that integrates critical data literacies in science and social studies. “DataX: Exploring Justice-Oriented Data Science with Secondary School Students” is a project that aims to help St. Paul Public School students learn how to use data in meaningful and authentic ways.


Lana Peterson and Cassie Scharber recently published an article in collaboration with their long-term community partners in Austin Public Schools, MN describing the ways this K-12 school district shifted to emergency remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.


LT faculty member Bodong Chen and PhD student Basel Hussein recently presented a study in a workshop at the 11th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference. Their paper, titled "Modelling Network Dynamics in Social Annotation," examines complex network dynamics in collaborative web annotation in an online classroom.


Angel Pazurek, a faculty member in Learning Technologies, has been appointed to serve another term on the Board of Directors of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). AECT is an international professional organization of learning designers and educators whose activities are directed toward advancing research and practice in the use of technology for teaching and learning.


Several Learning Technologies faculty and graduate students recently attended and participated in the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) international conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their exceptional leadership and scholarship in the field was represented in a wide variety of presentations, recognitions, and active involvement throughout the conference. AECT is a leading international organization for advancing practice and research in learning design.