ICLS 2014: Connected Learning and STEM Identities

Our research team has been working on a 3-year Cyberlearning project, exploring how young adolescents can use social media and science storytelling as ways to develop deeper interest and identification with STEM.

I’m excited that we are now beginning to share some of our analyses and findings about the learning aspects of our project, beginning with the following paper we’ll present at ICLS 2014.

In the paper, we use case studies of two of our youth, to highlight how their engagement over time in our new media storytelling activities related to their developing aspirations toward or away from STEM-related futures. We situate our work in current discussions of Connected Learning and show the potential and obstacles we need to attend to, in order to realize connected learning for under-represented youth.

Ahn, J., Subramaniam, M., Bonsignore, E., Pellicone, A., Waugh, A., & Yip, J.C. (2014). “I want to be a game designer or scientist”: Connected learning and developing identities with urban, African-American youth. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2014).

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IDC 2014: A Case of Designing Social Media Technologies for Children in Science Learning

Excited to announce a paper with colleagues that will be presented at Interaction Design & Children 2014.

Yip, J.C., Ahn, J., Clegg, T.L., Bonsignore, E., Pauw, D. & Gubbels., M. (2014). “It helped me do my science.” A case of designing social media technologies for children in science learning. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2014).

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Designing and Using Social Media for Childrens’ Science Learning

How can we design and use social media with children? It’s a complex issue that is less explored in the research literature (for a myriad of reasons related to policy, safety, convenience etc.). Add onto that the complexity of “learning” science; how could we use social media to promote science learning for children?

I’m really excited to share our paper, which will be presented at the CSCW 2014 Conference in February, called “Selfies for Science”. It’s a case study of our 2-year design process of a social media app for kids called ScienceKit, and how new types of collaborative learning configurations can happen when we implement it in an informal science program.

Check out the paper here.

Open Education Research!!

Happy to report on several milestones concerning my research on open education.

Our research group has a web presence! Check us out at the CASCI page, we’re the OCEL Group (Open Communities for Education and Learning)

Had a paper on the Peer 2 Peer University appear in the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, special issue on MOOCs: http://jolt.merlot.org/vol9no2/ahn_0613.htm

Was invited to give a talk at the Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER) at Athabasca University. I talked about new opportunities for research and design of open education. The recorded talk and slides are available here: http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions/ahn2013/sessiondetails

Check out a very cool workshop I am co-organizing at CSCW 2013, Designing Futures for Peer 2 Peer Learning: http://p2pl.media.mit.edu/

ASIS&T 2013

Several papers from my projects with colleagues and students were presented at ASIS&T 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Check them out below:

Ahn, J., Butler, B. S., Weng, C., & Webster, S.A. (2013). Learning to be a better Q’er in social Q&A sites: Social norms and information artifacts. In Proceedings of the Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 76th Annual Meeting. [PDF]

Kim, J., & Ahn, J., (2013). The show must go on: The presentation of self during interpersonal conflict on facebook. In Proceedings of the Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 76th Annual Meeting. [PDF]

Waugh, A., Taylor, N. G., Subramaniam, M., Ahn, J., Druin, A., Fleischmann, K. R. (2013). Young people’s engagement in content creation: An analysis of outliers. In Proceedings of the Association of Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 76th Annual Meeting. [PDF]

IDC 2013: Social Media and Learning Papers

My colleagues and I presented several papers at IDC 2013 related to our work with designing social media and alternate reality games for learning! Check out the papers below, as well as some cool videos that showcase this work:

Bonsignore, E., Hansen, D., Kraus, K., Visconti, A., Ahn, J., & Druin, A. (2013).  Playing for real: Designing alternate reality games for teenagers in learning contexts. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and ChildrenNew York, NY. [PDF]

Ahn, J., Yip, J., & Gubbels, M. (2013). SINQ: Designing social media to foster everyday scientific inquiry for children. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and ChildrenNew York, NY[PDF]

Ahn, J., Gubbels, M., Yip, J., Bonsignore, E., & Clegg, T. (2013). Using social media and learning analytics to understand how children engage in scientific inquiry. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and ChildrenNew York, NY. [PDF]


CSCL 2013 Paper Accepted

Happy to share that my co-authored paper with colleagues Tammy Clegg, Jason Yip, Elizabeth Bonsignore and others will be presented at Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2013.

In the paper, we utilize a social media app I have been developing with HCI student Michael Gubbels called SINQ, in an after-school cooking program with children.

The paper highlights how the app helped the children break through some barriers to collaboration that they had.

Take a look here! [PDF]


Clegg, T., Yip, J., Ahn, J., Bonsignore, E., Gubbels, M., Lewittes, B., & Rhodes, E. (2013). When face-to-face fails: Opportunities for social media to foster collaborative learning. Tenth International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Madison, WI.

Packed Spring Semester

I’ll be traveling a ton this semester (Spring 2013), presenting my research at various places, and I’d love to meet new colleagues or anyone doing related work! Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in connecting.

Feb 13, 2013 – iConference
Experiencing Science in Informal Learning Environments – Talkes from the Field

Social Media Expo: Finalist for student-led project called SINQ – Social Media for Scientific INQuiry learning

Feb 23, 2013 – CSCW
Presenting a paper with Brian Butler on open learning environments at the CSCW and Education workshop.

April 8-12 – Learning Analytics and Knowledge
Presenting my paper about observing new media literacies from Facebook data using analytics [PDF].

April 27-May 1 – AERA
Designing Science Fiction and Online Community as Tools for STEM Literacy and Self Identity [I’ll post the paper soon].