Digital Learning and Educational Technology Research Projects

We have multiple ongoing research projects. Please navigate to the corresponding project page for more information. 


Advancing the Use of Digital Museum Assets in Schools

Examine the use of Smithsonian Learning Lab in classrooms. 

Cloud-Based Writing in K-12 Schools

Using collaborative writing on Google Docs to facilitate literacy learning in k-12


Corpora Use in Second Language Learning

Examine the effect of corpora use on second language vocabulary learning.

Computational thinking for ELL students from diverse background

CONECTAR: Collaborative Network of Educators for Computational Thinking for All Research

We collaborate with university and K-12 researchers and practitioners to promote computational thinking for students in grades three through


CS1C@OC: Building a Local Area Network of Computer Science Teachers

Increase in-service teachers’ CS content knowledge and their competence and confidence in evidence-based pedagogical practices for teaching CS to diverse learners


Digital Scaffolding for English Language Arts

Examine the efficacy of Visual Syntactic Text Formatting (VSTF) on reading and writing outcomes


From Keystrokes to Achievement Scores: The Moderating Effects of Computer Use on Writing

Analyse NAEP data to identify the impact of prior access to and use of computers on writing achievement.


Integrating Digital Storytelling in Classrooms

We collaborate with DIGICOM, a non-profit education organization in Palm Springs, CA, to develop professional development curriculum for teachers in PSUSD to use digital storytelling in classrooms.


Investigating the Learning and Cost Effectiveness of a Blended English Language Program Implemented in a Developing Country

Measure the effectiveness of blended English language courses compared to traditional face-to-face instruction


Online Collaborative Problem Solving in Remedial College Mathematics

Examine whether small group problem solving improves student course engagement, performance, and attitude toward STEM and virtual learning in an online pre-calculus class, compared to individual problem solving.


Investigating Virtual Learning Environments

Explore the effects of different types of virtual learning environments on teaching and learning processes, outcomes, and attitudes toward STEM in higher education.


Learning Processes and Outcomes in MOOCs

Investigate learning processes and outcomes in Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs).


Multitasking as a Collaborative System: Examining the Millennial Generation

Investigate how interactive media impacts multitasking behavior among Millennials.

Student doing homework by laptop at cafeteria table

Predicting Success, Preventing Failure: Using Learning Analytics to Predict At-Risk Students and Improve Retention in Online English Language Courses

Build a quantitative model to investigate how social engagement, online learning behavior, and student demographics may predict student persistence and performance in online courses


Project SPROUT: Investigating Learning Environments in Higher Education

Examine instructional practices in large undergraduate lecture courses in STEM


Virtual Inclusion via Telepresence Robots

Investigate how telepresence robots are used in classrooms by home-bound students, their teachers, and classmates.

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