Carnegie Mellon University, like other colleges and universities, is able to create smaller learning cohorts from large lectures by using teaching assistants. These TAs often have varied backgrounds and levels of familiarity with the U.S. educational system, which can make learning experience and outcomes differ from section to section.
Amy Ogan, an assistant professor in the HCII and an educational technologist, is fascinated by researching ways to make learning more engaging, effective and enjoyable. Ogan is also a recent recipient of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship, a global fellowship program for the research on child and youth development.
Metals Prime, a team of five masters students from Carnegie Mellon University partnered with BloomBoard to envision a product to support educator learning in an online community setting. We embarked on a strongly user-driven end-to-end research, design, and development process which has culminated in the creation of BloomBoard Collaborate, a tool that aids teachers in building and creating transformative professional learning communities (PLCs) in a digital environment.Education Service Design BloomBoard Collaborate project page
Live-action role-playing (larp) combines face-to-face improvisation with game rules to create collaborative, playful narrative experiences for the participants. While many larps are created purely for entertainment, a growing number of larps strive to affect players. These larps include educational larps, larps for mental or physical health, larps for social change, larps that convey political points of view, and larps that ask players to explore ethical or moral quandaries.Education Games Faculty
College professors frequently use role-playing in class as a way to engage their students and enhance the learning experience. However, role-playing often creates an unbalanced classroom, where the majority of students are observing and only a few actors are “engaged.” This project investigates using technology to engage all students during classroom role-play. In particular, we want to explore social media platforms such as Twitter, which have been shown to enhance classroom engagement.Education Social Computing Faculty
In this project, we aim to address the systematically-reduced standardized test scores of African American students compared to their Euro-American peers by using virtual peer technology to understand the role of dialect, and more broadly, cultural congruence, on students's performance, and to help students achieve in the classroom.Education Learning Sciences and Technologies Societal Problems articulab.justinecassell.com/projects/alex.html Faculty
Playtesting helps game designers evaluate not whether their games are useful and usable, but whether they are playful and playable. Strong playtest skills are critical to innovation in game design. They are also critical to making students self-directed, independent game designers who can evaluate and critique their own work. Better playtesting education is necessary if we want to help students create better games.Education Games Faculty
Working and living internationally can be a rewarding but difficult experience. This project investigates how people gain intercultural competence while developing technology to support the learning experience. We are currently developing a system to help new international teaching assistants allow for increased and equitable discussion in the recitation sections they lead. For many ITAs, discussion has not been a part of their previous school experience.Education Learning Sciences and Technologies Faculty