A new paper on Drawing to Learn

So in the LSRI, it's probably well known that we love learning by drawing. Over the years, we have researched drawing to learn from texts, drawing to learn in science, drawing when learning fashion design, drawing to tell stories, drawing from simulations in Chemistry and Physics and drawing in medical anatomy sessions. I am probably forgetting some! So in this paper, Katharina Scheiter (an honorary professor in the LSRI as well as a professor at the University of Tübingen) and Shaaron Ainsworth (Director of the LSRI) tried to synthesise these studies (and more) to explore how drawing can be used for different educational reasons. You don't have to be an expert as it was written for a general audience. It's just out but sadly paywalled so if you can't see it, do get in touch with Shaaron. ...
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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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Getting to grips with technology enhanced learning literature – new paper by Denise Sweeney

What Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) literature do new university teachers and lecturers actually find useful? How do university teachers engage with TEL literature in their practice? Does disciplinary background influence TEL literature choices? Find out answers to these questions in a new paper by LSRI member Denise Sweeney, “Getting to grips with technology enhanced learning literature: Wading out of murky waters” (open access) can be found here. The paper is published in the inaugural edition of Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning. This new open-access academic journal aims to support scholarly conversation about Technology Enhanced Learning. ...
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Essay mills and the portrayal of HE student experience

Many essay mills adopt empathic narratives to secure custom from students. But how are student’s higher education experiences represented in these narratives? Do essay mills portray higher education practices in a positive or negative manner? And what impact could these narratives have on student’s beliefs about higher education? In How Internet Essay Mill Websites Portray the Student Experience of Higher Education, LSRI member Charles Crook and University of Nottingham colleague Elizabeth Nixon explore these questions. If you want to find out more, this paper is published by The Internet and Higher Education and is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2020.100775 ...
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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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New article on Inquiry-Based Instruction by Mary Oliver

Interested in inquiry-based instruction in science education? Concerned about the efficacy of the approach to develop scientific literacy? Or want to learn more about how variables are conceptualised in PISA? If so, have a look at the new article my LSRI member Mary Oliver. ‘The Efficacy of Inquiry-Based Instruction in Science: a Comparative Analysis of Six Countries Using PISA 2015’ was recently published in Research in Science Education. In this article, Mary Oliver and colleagues from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, conduct a comparative analysis of students’ scientific literacy and its association with different instructional strategies (inquiry-based, adaptive and teacher-directed). They do this by drawing on six countries that participated in PISA 2015. ...
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Successful viva for Nurjanah Jaafar

Congratulations to Dr Nurjanah Binti Mohd Jaafar who today successfully defended her thesis. Janah has been at the LSRI since 2015 working on her thesis titled ‘How to non-native speakers of English read multi-representational texts?’. It has been wonderful to have Janah working at the LSRI for the last few years, she will be sorely missed by many friends and colleagues at the University of Nottingham. We wish her all the best for her future career in Malaysia. ...
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New publication by Mary Oliver and colleagues

Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) in science education has received much funding, promotion and policy support from the EU. But how do teachers view IBL? And what are their experiences of engaging in IBL? A recent publication by LSRI member Mary Oliver addresses these questions. The article, titled ‘Highly Recommended and Poorly Used: English and Spanish Science Teachers’ Views of Inquiry-based Learning (IBL) and its Enactment’, was a collaborative piece with colleagues from the University of Jaen, Spain, and the University of Nottingham, UK. Follow the link to find out about how science teachers in England and Spain view and enact Inquiry Based Learning. ...
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New LSRI Postdoctoral Fellow

The LSRI welcomes back Dr Jonathan Halls. Johnny, an ex-LSRI PhD student, has been awarded a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship from the British Academy to pursue his research on ‘promoting children’s positive attitudes towards pro-environmental behaviours: encouraging understanding, agency and motivation through gamebooks’. The British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is the Academy’s flagship programme for early career academics, based at universities around the UK. Johnny is part of the 2019/2020 cohort of 53 early career researchers to be awarded one of these highly competitive fellowships. Chief Executive of the British Academy, Robin Jackson, said: “We are delighted to welcome this new cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows to the Academy; competition for these awards is always keen, and I congratulate them on their success.” You can find more information about Johnny's project here. ...
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