To LRDC Director Charles Perfetti who is among the top ten Highest Cited American Scholars. Chuck is the most influential in the area of reading. Former LRDC faculty member Micki Chi is also a member of this distinguished group for her work in instructional design. Article here.
John Levine, Professor in Psychology and Senior Scientist, has been awarded the Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lausanne.
Carrie Leana, Center Associate, was elected to the Fellows Group of the Academy of Management. More information on the Academy fellows can be found here.
Jennifer Iriti, Director of Evaluation for Learning Group, was an invited presenter at a Summit on College Affordability hosted at the Ford Foundation by the Campaign for Free College Tuition. Jen shared a summary of the research on the effect of college scholarship programs, such as the Pittsburgh Promise, to an audience of 50 University, non-profit, and government officials, including Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell.
LRDC to Partner with Central China Normal University
Central China Normal University’s Chancellor Ma Min visited the University of Pittsburgh May 5 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a formal partnership between CCNU and Pitt. The goal of the MoU is to promote international collaborations in innovative educational research between the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) and CCNU’s National Engineering Research Center for E-Learning (NERCEL).
Established by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, NERCEL is China’s only national research center in the field of education. Its strength is the development of digital technology for use across schools in China.
“We are honored to be collaborating with Central China Normal University to advance the development of new and effective learning tools,” said Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson. “This partnership demonstrates our focus on amplifying our impact by embracing a global perspective.”
The genesis of the collaboration began in late 2014 when LRDC Director Charles Perfetti visited NERCEL and gave a presentation on LRDC’s “Innovative Technology in Learning and Teaching.” In late 2015, a small group of NERCEL faculty visited the LRDC. It became apparent to both Perfetti and the NERCEL group that a research collaboration could result in the development of educational interventions with applications to international educational science.
“Bringing together the complementary expertise of the two institutions creates an opportunity for bringing a global dimension to translational research on learning. We hope to address some of the shared challenges of developing effective and engaging learning tools and getting them in the hands of students,” said Perfetti.
The partnership may enable longer-term international projects and lay the groundwork for joint research with other schools at CCNU such as the School of Psychology.
James Cook, acting director of the Asian Studies Center, played an instrumental role in moving the collaboration forward and will continue to provide his expertise as the collaboration develops. Moreover, CCNU may broaden its relationship to other parts of the University—such as the exchange of materials with Pitt’s East Asian Library and student exchanges in a number of departments including sociology and history.
Former LRDC Post-Doc Matthew Keefer has been named the new Dean of the College of Education and Human Services (CoEHS) at Sourthern Illinois University Carbondale. Read about Matt’s and his new position here.
Former LRDC Post-Doc Robert Hausmann has compiled posts from his blog into a book, titled Cognitive Science for Educators: Practice Suggestions for an Evidence-based Classroom. Bob is now a Cognitive Scientist at Carnegie Learning, Inc. in Pittsburgh. View the book here.
LRDC In the News
University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced the formation of Pitt’s University Center for Teaching and Learning. The center is among a set of initiatives associated with the University’s strategic plan, and includes a Teaching and Learning Exchange will work to incorporate the latest research on effective approaches to teaching and learning. LRDC will be part of the Teaching and Learning Exchange. More information here.
Marc Coutanche, LRDC Research Scientist, was quoted in the July 6 Pittsburgh City Paper article “We Go Inside the Escape-Room Phenomenon,” on the role of stress in figuring out puzzles. Article here.
The D3 Methodology: Bridging science and design for bio-based product development. Egan, P, Cagan, J., Schunn, C., Chiu, F., Moore, J., LeDuc, P. (2016) Journal of Mechanical Design, 138(8). Article here.
Exploring the relationships between facilitation methods, students’ sense of community and their online behaviours. Phirangee, K., Demmans Epp, C., & Hewitt, J. (2016). Special Issue on Online Learning Analytics. Online Learning Journal, 20(2), 134–154. Article here.
Effects of contrastive accents in memory for L2 discourse. Lee, E-K. & Fraundorf, S. (2016). Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Article here.
Supporting teachers to implement contextualized and interactive practices in vocabulary instruction. Rimbey, M., McKeown, M., Beck, I., & Sandora, C. (2016). Journal of Education, 196(2), 69-87.
Automatically Extracting Topical Components for a Response-to-Text Writing Assessment. Rahimi, Z., Litman, D. (2016). Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, 277–282, Article here.