Take My Course

Come take the course I am co-teaching: Education and Public Policy (HUDF 4000) at Teachers College. It is being offered on Mondays from 5:10-6:50 pm. For my 3-week section of the course, I will be focusing on the intersection of information policy and educational policy. In particular, we will be investigating how broad flows and presentations of information are being shaped by various public and private entities and the impact of such information on learning opportunities for individuals. We have lots of interactive activities planned and some cutting-edge readings on the subject, including Sandra Braman’s book, Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power

Outdoorsy Summer

Although this summer for me has been rather outdoorsy (second trip to Harriman State Park and lots of running in LA), it hasn’t been all fun in the sun. I just recently presented at the CSCL 2007 conference at Rutgers, which was a great opportunity because of all the good questions we received. Hopefully more thought-provoking conferences are to come!

American Muscle

Just got back from the great state of Alabama. Looking back at the pictures, I would have to say the theme was “American Muscle”. The rocket and the literal rockets were quite cool.

Also worth mentioning are the updates to my portfolio, which includes some brief information on some of the new projects I have been working on, including Meety.

Second Look

I thought I would share my project for Prof. Kinzer’s course on the Possibilities of Virtual Worlds. The name of the project is Second Look, which is a research platform for Second Life. Between the NED project that Matthew is leading up, and the smarter survey tool that Nabeel is heading up, surveys have been on my mind!

To use Second Look, drop the Second Look plaque onto your space in Second Life, and click on it to begin designing the survey. After you have designed your survey, users can click the plaque and begin taking the survey. The owner of the survey can click on it to view the participant results.

Below is the Powerpoint from my presentation to the class on Second Look:

Presentation @ the EdLab Seminar

On March 20-21 from 12p-2p, I will be presenting “Super Sexy Tech Projects” at the EdLab seminar, held at the EdLab (5th Floor of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University). Additional presentations will be made by the others members of the Technology Solutions and Innovations group. For more information, click on the below links:

March 20: Super Sexy Tech Projects
March 21: Super Sexy Tech Projects, Reloaded

Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

My colleagues and I, Hui Soo Chae and Gary Natriello, have submitted a short paper to the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2007 Conference. We hope to be accepted! I’ve posted our paper here for anyone who is interested in what we’re up to:

Using Social Network Analysis to Highlight an Emerging Online Community of Practice

Abstract: In this exploratory study, Cocciolo, Chae and Natriello investigate the extent to which the communicative processes exhibited within a large digital repository illustrate the emergence of an online community of practice (CoP). In order to make this claim, we present a method for identifying the emergence of an online CoP using Social Network Analysis (SNA) on communication data (i.e., uploads and downloads) and institutional role (i.e., expert/faculty vs. novice/student). The analysis reveals that the online repository provides opportunities for novices to perform the role of the expert knowledge facilitator. We posit that these conditions constitute a necessary element for the emergence of an online CoP.

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