Analyzing Conversations Using ENA

Epistemic Network Analysis (ENA) has the potential to model conversations in real time. In conjunction with speech-to-text software, real-time ENA can offer educators a way to visualize and analyze how their students talk through a topic or problem.  We demonstrate what this process might look like using a scene...
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The Future of Internships is Virtual

From the Wisconsin Center for Education Research Newsletter. The internship, a long-held tradition of the business world, is overdue for innovation, says David Williamson Shaffer, a learning sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is an alum of the Peace Corps and MIT’s famed Media Lab. Backed by...
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What it Means to Get a Ph.D.

      In the past two years, Matt Might’s “The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.” has received a lot of attention, but he’s got it wrong. Here’s why I got a Ph.D., and why I think you should too.                
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Picking up Steam: Why the STEAM Games Movement is the Next Big Thing

Our own Golnaz Arastoopour discusses the STEAM movement and the future of educational games in the International Game Developers Association newsletter, IGDA Perspectives: Digital games and simulations have the potential to completely change the way we think about educating our youth and preparing them to be responsible citizens. The...
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MOOCs and Academic Labor

In a recent CNN Opinion piece, Ashbury University professor David Wheeler argues that college professors are facing extinction due to the rising popularity of online college classes. He claims that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) help universities cut costs by reducing the need for instructors. But the short term...
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