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3 months ago
My current project is to analyze discussions on Vialogues. There are several directions that the research project could lead. I’m coding the conversations with a focus on fundamental theoretical frameworks.There are multiple coding systems in previous research studies that serves different purposes from various perspectives. I would like to observe the knowledge construction process in collaborative learning through the developmental psychological perspective. In social constructivism, there is the knowledge constructed t...
4 months ago
The EdLab Seminar on Wednesday, August 9th will be held in the Learning Theater as we continue to test new ways to improve the seminar experience.  We will also be continuing to test the event ticket application so please be sure to register for this event and get your ticket at https://lt.tc.columbia.edu by Monday, Aug...
4 months ago
Our day of reckoning has arrived. As many of you know, we have been plotting away on some big (and small) improvements to your friendly neighborhood video discussion platform. I am happy to announce that we now have a solid launch date!Get ready to mark your calendars for this Thursday, August 10. The site will be down from 9am-1pm as we push all of our changes to the site. That means if you need to access Vialogues, you better get your fix before then or be ready to wait! Thanks for your patience as we p...
Check out this piece on designing laceless sneakers. The designers seem to have focused on the performance of these sneaks when used by runners.  However, I wonder if the appearance will keep them from being adopted. Would you wear these?Beyond this particular design, I think designing a laceless sneaker is a gr...
As we prepare to re-think space booking across the library, check out this detailed discussion of the design process for a theater event booking app. What do you think of this design process? What about the decisions made along the way? What are some implications for our ...
4 months ago
Certain things have become essential in order for us to function or keep evolving as a human race. One of these essential items is high-speed Internet. It has dramatically changed every facet of our lives from work education, communication, and defense systems, among countless others. Unfortunately, many rural areas across the country still lack access to high-speed internet. It is estimated that over 
According to this piece in Mashable, Google is preparing to introduce a personalized newsfeed and ultimately for the end of search as we know it.  Apparently, the thought is that search will become less relevant as artificial intelligence becomes better at predicting what we would like to know at any given time and place.  So, what do yo...
4 months ago
High school is designed to prepare any student for college academics. In the united states, different states have disparate requirements to graduate. In Washington DC, Maryland the general requirement to obtain a high school diploma is 24 credits. However, despite graduation rates rapidly increasing in the past years, students are not gaining the essentials skills to be successful in college.  Recent low scores on exams have shown schools are giving out diplomas to students who are not prepared for college.  In 2016, 69 percent graduates graduated within f...
4 months ago
A recent survey found that colleges reported that there is a 40 percent decline in international student applications. The decline in international applicants is attributed to the presidency of Donald Trump. Many students are fearful that they will not be safe in the United States. The regions that have witnessed the most decline are the Middle East (31%) and other Asian countries such as China and India (52%). The lowering rate of candidate...
The American Museum of Natural History is offering an immersive program on Mars on August 1st that seems very relevant to our work on the Learning Theater launch program.  Equally or even more interesting is Open Space, an open source interactive data visualization software tool that supp...