Friday, September 11th
CharlesRiverX Colloquium Fall Launch
Guest Speaker: Ricarose Roque, Jen Groff, and Saif Rayyan
Family Creative Learning
Social support from peers and adults can play a major role in engaging, sustaining, and deepening what young people can learn and create with technology. In this talk, I describe Family Creative Learning, a community-based program that engages families from low-income communities in creating and learning together using technologies like the Scratch programming language. By tinkering with the program’s structures (e.g. activities, environment, and facilitation), we developed strategies to support an inclusive and creative learning experience to meaningfully engage children and families from groups often under-represented in computing.
Balanced Design for Learning: Leveraging Assessment Methodologies for Deeper Learning
We have an exponentially expanding field of learning technologies in education–everything from learning games to cognitive tutors to adaptive learning platforms. Coherently defining and modeling the learning constructs “under the hood” of these tools has never been more critical–so that we can have a better understanding of the true nature of learning happening, so that we can understand what the learner is able to do, and so that we can connect and integrate these technologies. Balanced Design is a framework and methodology for designing learning tech to not only get at these goals, but to ultimately design a more coherent and meaningful experience for the learner.
Models of using Physics MOOCs for Blended Learning on Campus
Since 2012, the physics department at MIT has been exploring the use of MOOCs in MIT’s residential courses. In one model of implementation, the traditional lecture instruction is eliminated in favor of using online learning sequences, enriched with interactive assessment and supplemented by in-person discussion sessions with the instructors. In another models, MOOC content and technology are used to support active learning in a studio physics format. Factors such as the level of the course, audience, and existing course pedagogy affect the decision to use one model over another.