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.


Rukmini Avadhanam has been accepted to present at a virtual paper presentation at EDULEARN 2021 conference in July 2021 and also submit a full paper for the EDULEARN 2021 proceedings. Here is the abstract she sent to the conference.


Sarah Barksdale, a doctoral candidate in the Learning Technologies program, recently presented a paper she collaborated on with Bhaskar Upadhyay and Matthew Vernon, "Teacher Professional Development in Nepal: Mobile and Limited Technology Enhanced Pedagogy" at the International Conference on Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology (ICEMST) in April, 2021.


To support several instructors’ pivot to online teaching since Fall 2020, the project team of  Bodong Chen, Xinran Zhu, Hong Shui initiated the project that was focused on engaging undergraduate students in reading and discussing course materials in online classes through collaborative social annotation activities.


The IdeaMagnets research team, Bodong Chen, Yu-Hui Chang and David Groos, presented their work in Virtual Knowledge Building Institute (KBSI) 2020.


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. 

Anne Crampton, Cassie Scharber, Cynthia Lewis, and Yolanda Majors recently published an article in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy entitled, “Meaningful and expansive: Literacy learning through technology-mediated productions.”
This article shares research from the Bright Stars Project that examines the complex features of schools, libraries, and community-based urban settings that succes