As part of UCI's Homecoming 2019, the School of Education welcomed parents on Friday, February 11, to a special presentation on undergraduate education. Following a welcome from Dean Richard Arum, three faculty members explained how the use of digital media in education is expanding the amount and type of data available to analyze teaching and learning.
Professor Mark Warschauer summarized the ways that SoE undergraduates are involved in research on digital learning in preK-12 schools and at UCI. Assistant Professor Di Xu talked about the benefits and challenges to students in an era of digital media, as well as how data made available through digital media can be utilized to analyze and improve teaching and learning. Dr. Brian Sato discussed the role that the campus has taken to increase the use of evidence-based teaching practices by faculty of all disciplines. Examples included the opening of the Anteater Learning Pavilion, one of the few active learning classroom buildings across the nation, and the creation of the Active Learning Institute, which has led to the certification of over 150 UCI faculty, both of which should improve undergraduate outcomes, particularly for underrepresented students.
At the close of the afternoon presentation, participants had the opportunity to socialize with other parents and converse with the faculty presenters