The Educational Implications of Representing Covid-19

The Educational Implications of Representing Covid-19

Gharib, M., and Turner, C. (2020). A Comic Just for Kids: How to Stay Safe from the Coronavirus [Online Image]. NPR. Retrieved from: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/11/16/934679210/just-for-kids-how-to-stay-safe-from-the-coronavirus (Accessed May 14, 2021). Andrew Manches and I did what many of you did too last year. We spent a lot of time looking at pictures, videos, models, gestures and animations of Covid-19. But then we decided to put this to good use and analyse the implications of how we represent Covid-19 (and other viruses) to children and young people. The resulting paper is published in Frontiers in Education and available open access at Frontiers | Learning About Viruses: Representing Covid-19 | Education (frontiersin.org) (best read the pdf version as the figures are clearer). Please share with your educator friends if you think they will find it helpful. ...
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SRHE Prize Success for Dr Charlie Davis

We are delighted to share the news that Charlie (@charliejjdavis) has been awarded a prize by the Society for Research in Higher Education to research his project titled "Working-class academics talking: a participatory critical storytelling project with Russell Group academics". Charlie will be working with participants to develop stories about their routes into academia which will be then shared in podcasts. This study seeks to contribute to discussions about how to meet challenges that impede access to higher educations for academics and students identifying as working-class. ...
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Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in a Time of Crisis

A weekly webinar series about good practices of learning together online The COVID-19 pandemic has changed school and higher education on a global scale with the rise of online teaching and learning. The Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) community of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) together with the Network of Academic Programs in the Learning Sciences (NAPLeS) is offering a live webinar series with presentations as well as Q & A about effective practices, approaches, and tools for fostering a sense of co-presence and community in online teaching and learning. Live streaming of the webinar and participation in the Q&A session is free of charge for you - a service supported by the CSCL community of ISLS and NAPLeS. This webinar series is particularly interesting for practitioners teaching in schools and higher education who want to engage with experts on research and practice in computer-supported collaborative learning. On Wednesdays, January 13th – April 7th 2021 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm (GMT, London...
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Study Resources

Study Resources

If you are a student looking for ways to ways to help you learn more successfully, we have been creating a set of resources that describe approaches that you can use. Or maybe you are a teacher looking for approaches to recommend to students. Over the new few weeks, we are releasing blog posts which describe an approach, discuss when to use it, what resources you might need, give hints and tips for successful application and where relevant some practice example. Today, we start with a favourite, drawing to learn. ...
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An early holiday present

If sketching, simulations and quantum mechanics are your thing! Although intermediate level quantum mechanics involves some far from straightforward (from my limited perspective) mathematical reasoning; it can also involve visual reasoning. In this paper, co-authored with my amazing collaborators, who are working constantly to improve physics teaching, we explore how visual learning of quantum mechanics with simulations can be enhanced by asking students to draw both and during their interaction with these simulations. See this paper (open access) for lots more detail and do follow what Antje Kohnle and Gina Passante are up to. ...
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LSRI @ ICLS 2020

We went to Nashville. Bobby Whyte to present a full paper on Designing multimodal composition activities for integrated K-5 programming and storytelling; Freydis Vogel was part of a symposium on "Combining Scripts, Group Awareness Tools and Self-Regulated Learning – Theoretical Implications and Practical Implementations" Johnny Halls to the early career workshop, Pryce Davis to run a workshop on "Communicating design-based research: A workshop for creating and interpreting design arguments and; Shaaron Ainsworth to present a short paper on Designing Drawing Activities to Support Simulation-based Learning in Quantum Mechanics OK so we did not go to Nashville -we stayed at out desks in Nottingham and attended virtually. If you went to ICLS too, please watch our presentations on the ICLS conference site and tell us what you thought. If you can spare the time for only one - can we recommend Bobby's paper. He was nominated for the best student paper and I wish we could have seen him perform it live; but...
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Move like a fish?

Move like a fish?

Can enactment help you recognise and understand the movement patterns of creatures with bodies very different to our own? A collaboration between researchers at the LSRI at Nottingham and Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien in Tübingen set out to answer that question. If you want to read about what we found out you can in this paper now published by Computers and Education. ...
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PhD success for Ipek Saralar-Aras !

Congratulations to Dr Ipek Saralar-Aras who today successfully defended her thesis. While passing a viva is always a huge achievement, it is even more impressive considering the current coronavirus outbreak which resulted in a last-minute change to a virtual viva.  Ipek has been a highly valued member of the LSRI since 2016, investigating how technology-enhanced learning can improve Turkish middle school students’ understanding of three-dimensional geometry. She will be very much missed by colleagues and friends both at the LSRI and across the wider university. We wish her all the best for her future career in Turkey.  ...
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