I want to build educational technologies that are as compelling and
engaging as the very best social media apps, video games or movies.
Like our most dedicated educators, I would like our technology to
captivate learners, young and old, and help cultivate attitudes
towards learning and growth that are compatible with the demands of
the modern world. In pursuit of these goals, I conduct research on
the design, use, and impacts of intelligent technologies for
learning and behavior change. more information...
My primary of research focus can be summarized to two lines of
research. One of the lines is to examine corporate learning
strategies and practices in relationship to employee learning
(formal or informal) and performance improvement in the workplace.
The other line of research is to investigate the impact of recent
economic reform on Chinese workforce and the implications for human
resource development in the Chinese context. more information...
My research examines theories and designs for learning within
emerging media platforms (e.g., simulations, virtual environments,
mobile devices, video games, augmented and mixed reality, etc.). I
seek to understand how digital technologies can be used to
construct new identities and generate new perspectives that lead to
stronger comprehension of complex ideas in STEM content areas. My
work investigates how physical, body-based interactions with
learning content can facilitate new understandings, and how games
and simulations can be effectively designed to take these types of
interactions as input. more information...
Michael C. Loui is Professor of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar, and an
affiliate of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and
Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His
interests include professional ethics and engineering education
research. He serves as Editor of Journal of Engineering Education
and as a member of the editorial boards of College Teaching and
Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE
Fellow. Professor Loui was Associate Dean of the Graduate College
at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. more information...
Chris Lubienski's research centers on public and private interests
in education, including the use of market mechanisms such as choice
and competition to improve schooling, especially for disadvantaged
children. His work examines reforms and movements such as vouchers,
charter schools, tuition tax credits, and home schooling that seek
to decentralize and deregulate educational governance. He focuses
on outcomes anticipated by reformers in areas such as increased
innovation and higher levels of achievement, exploring the frequent
disconnect between research findings and policy advocacy. more information...
Dr. Sarah Lubienski's scholarship centers around intersections of
education and equity, focusing on mathematics achievement,
instruction, and reform. Through quantitative studies of NAEP and
ECLS-K data, as well as qualitative studies of classrooms, she
examines inequities in diverse students' mathematics learning
experiences and outcomes. Dr. Lubienski has served as the
chairperson of both AERA's NAEP Studies SIG and the Editorial Panel
for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. She recently
co-directed an Illinois Math-Science Partnership and has received
IES and NSF grants to support her research. more information...