TIER-ED Speaker Series

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Tuesday, November 5
Time: 11 a.m. 
Place: Room 22 College of Education

Dr. Jeremy Roshcelle (Executive Director, Learning Sciences Research, Digital Promise) was the TIER-ED speaker for Fall2019. Dr. Roschelle applies learning science theories and methods to understand how, when, and why technology can enable improved teaching and learning. He has 25 years of research experience and is nationally and internationally recognized for groundbreaking research in computer-supported collaborative learning; learning with connected, mobile devices; and technology in mathematics learning. In this talk, he spoke on "How can we work towards an impact at scale and that spreads across geographies?” He shared insights from three large-scale randomized controlled trials related to math learning with technology. Along with that, he shared key ideas from two recent literature review projects which looked at examples of successful research with technology at scale in both math and science. 

TIER-ED Speaker Jim SlottaTuesday, April 23
Time: 10:00-11:30 
Place: Room 210A, College of Education

TIER-ED Speaker Series had its first speaker Dr. Jim Slotta in April 2019.  Dr. Slotta is Professor and President’s Chair in Knowledge Technologies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has developed a pedagogical model known as Knowledge Community and Inquiry (KCI), in which students investigate a phenomenon or issue within project-based learning (PBL) context. His talk was titled “Designing for Collective Inquiry: Theoretical Models, Smart Classrooms, Embedded Phenomena and Other Adventures”. The talk presented ten years' progress in developing and researching KCI model at the University of Toronto. KCI fits within a broader theoretical area of learning communities, in which students work collectively to advance their ideas and share resources. Dr. Slotta’s work has explored the most effective designs for collective inquiry, with an emphasis on the learning sciences construct of scripting and orchestration. In KCI, the teacher is responsible for orchestration, but shares the load with the technology environment and the physical learning space. Dr. Slotta reviewed theory and highlighted his efforts to formally articulate scripts, and scaffold the orchestration of collaborative and collective inquiry activities.

Next TIER-ED Virtual Community Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m.

TIER-ED Spring Community Meetings

Regular community meetings were held throughout the Spring semester. It included lightning talks from Dr. Laura Shackelford (Anthropology), Dr. Judith Pintar (Sociology), Dr. Catherine Dornfeld (Education), and Dr. Rachel Magee (iSchool). The meetings had community participation with visitors joining from schools in town and speakers sharing information on the work they do. Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center (UNCC) Executive Director Janice Mitchell and Assistant Director Beth Hand shared the extensive work they do in the community and their current and past collaborative works with UofI faculty. We had Tim McIlvain from Learning Technology Center of Illinois come in as a guest speaker to talk about their role in Illinois schools.  The meetings are a great discussion space where current and upcoming projects are shared for possible collaborative research and interdisciplinary events across campus are advertised. Through the meeting participation, community members have actively participated in TIER-ED planning and organizing of upcoming events and opportunities.

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