Maryland at ICLS 2014

I’m excited to attend my first ICLS next week in Boulder, CO. UMD will have a great presence this year, and 2 best paper nominations. Come join us!

Wed, 6/25/14

The Role of Identity Development Within Tensions in Ownership of Science Learning
*Nominated for Best Student Paper*
Jason Yip, Tamara Clegg, June Ahn, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Michael Gubbels, Emily Rhodes, Becky Lewittes

“I want to be a Game Designer or Scientist”: Connected Learning and Developing Identities with Urban, African-American Youth
*Nominated for Best Paper*
June Ahn, Mega Subramaniam, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Anthony Pellicone, Amanda Waugh, Jason Yip

The Nature of Student Thinking and Its Implications for the Use of Learning Progressions to Inform Classroom Instruction
Alicia Alonzo, Andrew Elby

Thursday, 6/26/14


SYMPOSIUM: Differing Notions Of Responsive Teaching Across Mathematics And Science: Does The Discipline Matter?
Andrew Elby (chair), Jennifer Richards, Janet Walkoe, Ayush Gupta, Rosemary Russ, Melissa Luna, Amy Robertson, Janet Coffey, Ann Edwards, Miriam Sherin, Beth van Es (discussant)

Capturing Personal and Social Science: Technology for Integrating the Building Blocks of Disposition
Tamara Clegg, Elizabeth Bonsignore, June Ahn, Jason Yip, Daniel Pauwe, Michael Gubbels, Becky Lewittes, Emily Rhodes

Characterizing a New Dimension of Change in Attending and Responding to the Substance of Student Thinking
Jennifer Richards, Andrew Elby, Ayush Gupta


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:

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:

Check out a very cool workshop I am co-organizing at CSCW 2013, Designing Futures for Peer 2 Peer Learning:

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]