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Interactive Learning and Design Lab

Research Overview

The central premise of our work is design and implement innovative technology-rich learning environments to scaffold students’ science learning.  Our focus is to enable students to see the connections between science ideas, to learn the central ideas and networks of conceptual relationships, rather than a set of discrete facts. Check out our exciting new projects below!

Current Projects

SimSnap allows students to “join” iPads to create a shared screen to work on simulations in Biology! The goal of this project is to integrate learning across individual, group and whole class levels with innovative uses of technology. Middle school students will solve socio-scientific problems in biology, as they seamlessly collaborate using simulations on iPads.

Funded by NSF’s DRK-12 program.

Writing evidence-based explanations is key aspect of learning science.  This project will support students’ explanations in science through an innovative automated assessment system. The system will provide real-time feedback to students on science explanations. It will also provide teachers with summaries of student’s writing.

Funded by NSF’s DRK-12 program.

This institute will develop human-AI collaboration models for next generation collaborative learning environments consisting of student and AI agents. The aim of the institute is to advance theoretical frameworks and novel learning architectures for effective orchestration of student teacher interactions with AI learning partners.

Funded by NSF AI Institutes program.

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