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xTalks: Digital Discourses

This series provides a forum to facilitate awareness, deep understanding and transference of educational innovations at MIT and elsewhere. We hope to foster a community of educators, researchers, and technologists engaged in developing and supporting effective learning experiences through online learning environments and other digital technologies.

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April 2014

Lori Breslow & Jennifer DeBoer: National Differences in an International Classroom

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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The virtual classrooms of open online courses include students from a vast array of backgrounds. These students are individually unique, but they are also nested within unique social, economic, political, and educational contexts in different countries.  In this presentation, we highlight interesting systematic differences in performance and behaviors for students and countries with different characteristics such as language, internet availability, and income. Dr. Lori Breslow is the director of the Teaching and Learning Lab at MIT, as well as senior…

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May 2014

Karina Meiri & Berri Jacque: The Great Diseases Partnership – teaching cutting-edge bio-med science in K-12

May 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Koch Institute Auditorium, 76-156

The Great Diseases Partnership: Addressing science and health literacy challenges by teaching cutting-edge biomedical science in the K-12 science classroom. Dr. Karina Meiri is Professor of Developmental, Molecular and Chemical Biology and Director of the Center for Translational Science Education (CTSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition to her interests in bringing cutting edge biomedical science into the high school classroom, she is a developmental neurobiologist. Dr. Berri Jacque is a Research Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the…

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Kalyan Veeramachaneni: Where Art Thou Big Data? Identifying & Harnessing Sources of Data for MOOC Data Science

May 14 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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  Kalyan Veeramachaneni will talk about his work identifying and harnessing sources of data for MOOC Data Science. Dr. Veeramachaneni is a research scientist at CSAIL and Research Project Leadear in ALFA group: Anyscale Learning For All. His research interests are with building statistical models that enable extraction of information from large amounts of data. To enable knowledge discovery from heterogeneous data sources Veeramachaneni is interested in building large scale integrative efficient computation platforms. Currently, he is leading multiple projects…

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Carl Wieman: Expertise in Science and Engineering, How it is Learned and Taught

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman will discuss how cognitive psychology research has illuminated what it means to “think like a scientist or engineer” (i.e. expertise), and how those abilities are developed.  In addition, he will connect that work to different teaching methods used in college science and engineering courses and show comparative data on the resulting learning of expertise that is achieved.  He will also discuss the significance of the content expertise of the teacher in this process. Dr Wieman currently…

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