Dr. Sarah Barksdale successfully defended her dissertation titled, “'It’s Hard Work’ — K-12 Teachers’ Enacted Curriculum of Computational Thinking and Computer Science Integration." Dr. Barksdale has been a valued member of the LT community since beginning her doctoral studies, and she presented her dissertation research to a large crowd of virtual attendees via Zoom on May 4, 2023.


Chase Fingerson, a senior enrolled in LT’s undergraduate course CI4311W Technology and Ethics in Society with Dr. Jolie Kennedy, recently had an opinion piece published in The Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s campus newspaper.


On March 23rd, LT PhD students John Bartucz and Tina Jeon participated in CEHD’s Research and Innovation Day. They showcased DataX, a K-12 justice-oriented data science education project sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


Dr. Patrick O'Leary recently successfully defended his dissertation in LT! The title of Pat's dissertation was, "Integrating Mixed Reality Technologies into an Environmental Learning Field Experience: A Case Study." He was co-advised by Bhaskar Upadhyay and Angel Pazurek. As a blanket of December snow fell on the Twin Cities that day, friends, family, colleagues, and both current and former classmates joined together to support Pat virtually on Zoom as he presented his case study research on the integration of mixed reality technologies in an environmental science course.

Hossam Halaweish

My name is Hossam Halaweish, and I am an undergraduate student studying biology at the University of Minnesota (UMN). My studies have also included undergraduate coursework in the Learning Technologies (LT) program.


LT Faulty Bodong Chen, PhD student Xinran Zhu and PhD student Hong Shui presented a paper Socio-Semantic Network Motifs Framework for Discourse Analysis at LAK22: 12th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference. 


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 (LT) minor is now in its third year at the University of Minnesota drawing students from across different disciplines who want to become more digitally savvy leaders within their fields. Society and workplaces are becoming more technological and need innovators who can use technology to create and solve problems- the shift to remote learning in 2020 and 2021 intensified this need.


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.


Yu-Hui Chang successfully defended her dissertation on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Congrats to the new PhD in Learning Technologies / Curriculum and Instruction!
Dr. Chang was advised by Cassie Scharber, and her dissertation was titled, “Examining Pre-service Teachers’ Technology Integration Perceptions and Practices”

View Yu-Hui’s dissertation abstract below.