Putting the Research on the Record

Year in and year out the staff of the Center for Educational Technologies contribute a tremendous amount of research in the fields of education and technology. Almost everyone in the organization has written or contributed to presentations detailing our work.

Here are some of the presentations and publications we did in 2011:
  • At the invitation of the National Science Foundation, CyGaMEs principal investigator Dr. Debbie Denise Reese, senior educational researcher at the center, presented CyGaMEs research on game-based learning and assessment at the 2011 principal investigator's meeting.
  • Reese presented a 70-minute orientation to the MoonGazers suite of activities at the teacher professional development workshop "Afterschool Universe and Telescopes" held in Fairmont, WV.
  • Dr. Chuck Wood, director of the Center for Educational Technologies, was an invited speaker at AstroFest, the largest amateur astronomy meeting in Europe. He made two presentations about the Moon. In one he explained how to learn to read the Moon, deciphering its history and the sequence of processes that formed and modified its surface. The second talk told the history of observations and beliefs about lunar transient phenomena—observations of unusual lighting that often have been misinterpreted as evidence for life, atmosphere, or volcanism. Wood pointed out problems with these observations and how they are in conflict with modern understanding of lunar science.
  • Wood joined Motomaro Shirao, who worked with the Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA), in writing The Kaguya Lunar Atlas: The Moon in High Resolution.
  • The NASATalk collaborative was featured in two workshops at the National Science Teachers Association Research Dissemination Conference. Presenting the workshop sessions were Dr. Laurie Ruberg, associate director; Debbie Piecka, educational researcher/instructional designer; and Manetta Calinger, curriculum writer. The workshop was called "Adding Value to Instruction with Strategic Use of Online Collaboratives."
  • Ruberg presented a poster on the new climate change modules in the award-winning Exploring the Environment website at the Tri-Agency Global Climate Change Education conference at George Mason University.
  • Reese wrote a chapter entitled "The Moment of Learning: Quantitative Analysis of Exemplar Gameplay Supports CyGaMEs Approach to Embedded Assessment" in the edited volume, Assessment in Game-based Learning: Foundations, Innovations, and Perspectives, which is now in press.
  • Reese presented CyGaMEs: Cyber-Enabled Teaching and Learning through Game-based, Metaphor Enhanced Learning Objects at the National Science Foundation-sponsored symposium, STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Schools Successful in STEM.
  • Reese presented CyGaMEs: A Principled Approach to Instructional Game Design and Embedded Assessment at the annual meeting of principal investigators for projects funded through the NSF REESE program.
  • A poster session titled Designing Cognitive Scaffolds for Web-based Problem-based Learning was presented at the annual meeting of Earth System Science Education Alliance. The authors were Ruberg, Calinger, curriculum writer Tamie Shiplett, and graphic designer Cassie Lightfritz.
  • Calinger and Piecka presented Integrating a Live Medical Simulation into a High School Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum: CyberSurgeons at the Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011.
  • Piecka presented Show and Tell: Kindergartners' Meaning Making with Interactive Videoconferencing at the annual meeting of the International Society for Technology in Education.
  • Piecka and Calinger presented Addressing Values That Show Up in Evaluation Methodologies and Analyses: External Evaluation in a Live Diagnostic Simulation at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association.
  • Piecka and Calinger presented Incorporating a live Medical Simulation into a High School Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum: Results and Highlights at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association.
  • Piecka, Calinger, Wood, Challenger Learning Center director Jackie Shia, lead flight director Lori Kudlak, and consultant Barbara Tabachnick were asked to present Evaluation of a Live High School Clinical Science Education Simulation at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Piecka, Ruberg, computer programmer Chris Ruckman, and Dynae Fullwood of NASA wrote the chapter "NASATalk as a Discovery Learning Space: Self-discovery Learning Opportunities" in Constructing Self-discovery Learning Spaces Online: Scaffolding and Decision Making.
  • Ruberg, science resource teacher Meri Cummings, Piecka, Ruckman, and computer programmer Ralph Seward wrote "Designing, Scaffolding, and Evaluating an Online Collaborative Designed to Serve Science and Technology Educators for Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL) , which is in press.
  • Ruberg and Piecka presented Evaluating Mining Safety and Health Training, Technology Transfer, and Communications at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association.

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