Learning Technologies PhD candidate Jennifer Englund was involved in a collaborative effort to understand student use, awareness, and concerns of Generative Artificial Intelligence at the University of Minnesota. The effort was led by two groups: Academic Technology Support Services and Usability Services.


LT faculty member, Dr. Angel Pazurek, and Ph.D. candidate, Robert Kreml, were invited as international guest speakers in the graduate course, Qualitative Methods on Educational Research, in the Institute for Educational Development at The Aga Khan University (AKU-IED) in Karachi, Pakistan.


LT PhD Candidate Catherine Clements presented her multiple works at TESOL International Convention. TESOL International Convention is the largest professional development event in the TESOL field. The Convention offers professional development opportunities to English language educators at all levels from around the world.


Dr. Rukmini M Avadhanam successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Meeting Students in the Margins: Exploring the Use of Social Annotation by Undergraduate Online Instructors" via Zoom on October 24, 2023. Her families, colleagues, faculties, and both current and former classmates joined together virtually as she presented her disseration research.


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.

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.