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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Karina Meiri & Berri Jacque: The Great Diseases Partnership – teaching cutting-edge bio-med science in K-12
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…Find out more »
Kalyan Veeramachaneni: Where Art Thou Big Data? Identifying & Harnessing Sources of Data for MOOC Data Science
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »