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...
Read More
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. ...
Read More

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. ...
Read More

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...
Read More
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. ...
Read More

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.  ...
Read More

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. ...
Read More

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. ...
Read More

Fashion Icons

LSRI has long been known for our style, I mean check out this photo of some of us on a recent night out ... But now its official, we have expertise in fashion design. OK so really what we really have is insight into the professional vision of fashion designers and the skills students need to develop to be successful. Check out this paper - hopefully not paywalled -  written by Valentina Caruso and her co-authors including the very stylish Shaaron Ainsworth. ...
Read More