German delegation visits Digital Learning Lab at School of Education
Legislators and staffers were interested in gaining practical knowledge about educational innovations in the U.S., with a focus on digital learning.
The Digital Learning Lab (DLL) hosted a delegation from the Education Committee of the Bavarian State Parliament. The group of 14 legislators and staffers were interested in gaining practical knowledge about educational innovations in the US, with a focus on digital learning.
After being greeted by School of Education Dean Frances Contreras and lunch, the delegation visited DLL and were welcomed virtually by Professor and Director of DLL Mark Warschauer.
The group was given four research presentations:
- Elementary Computing for All Project, by Dr. Miranda Parker, DLL
A collaboration between with university researchers and K-12 practitioners to promote computational thinking for multilingual students in fourth grade.
- Online learning, including information about the Online Learning Research Center, by Dr. Tamara Tate, DLL
Created in spring 2020 to communicate research-based information about online learning to those forced online due to emergency distance learning, the OLRC’s website provides access to 5 years’ NSF-funded research about online learning conducted by the Digital Learning Lab. Whether a first-time online instructor looking to get started, a veteran seeking to improve online teaching, a student seeking ways to improve online study skills, or a scholar or educational leader seeking the latest research on online learning, the OLRC.US site was designed to provide evidence-based resources to improve achievement and equity in online learning.
- STEM Learning Lab (playful learning including the "Fraction Ball" and "Playful Learning Landscapes") by Dr. LuEttaMae (Lu) Lawrence and Dr. Karlena D. Ochoa, STEM Learning Lab
- Converse to Learn (including both out of school learning for young children, as well as an emergent project on AI literacy), by Dr. Ying Xu, DLL
Two educational applications of conversational agents, including audio storybooks to promote early literacy skills and science videos to foster scientific thinking. Partners include PBS Kids and Sesame Street.