by VariABILITY UIUC / Mar 24, 2017, 6:00 AM

VariABILITY 2017 is a two-day event that aims to bring together students from different backgrounds to collaborate and understand some ongoing challenges that people with disabilities experience. Our goal is to take a proactive approach to disability awareness and advocacy through human-centered design. This is a great chance to become part of a community conversation on inclusion. We are looking for Illinois students from all academic disciplines and backgrounds who are passionate about this area, or just want to learn more!

For more information, visit our FB page:

Register here to attend the event:

Location: BIF Atrium

Date: Friday, March 31 2017 6-8 PM - Saturday April 1 2017 10AM-5PM (Food and snacks will be provided on both days)

Contact us for more questions at! Looking forward to seeing you there!

by Tanisha King-Taylor ( / Mar 22, 2017, 1:15 PM

Tanisha King-Taylor, a doctoral student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, has written a book that is a genuine reflection of her life and story of escaping the superwoman syndrome, the Speaker. Coach. Facilitator, and now author at uses her story as a guide to help other women, especially Black women, achieve freedom. Word by word, Tanisha demonstrates the ways in which being too helpful to others while ignoring yourself can be to your detriment. Tanisha tells it like it is from the relationships you choose to the unhealthy friendships you have. Out of Battle Into Freedom is a much-needed story to spark and awaken the real you, motivating you to live your best life. It is the key to freedom.

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by the College of Education at Illinois / Mar 16, 2017, 6:00 AM

Jennifer CromleyAssociate Professor Jennifer Cromley of the Department of Educational Psychology will lead a study funded by the National Science Foundation that will seek to improve the design, learning, and future research of multimedia learning.

The project, titled “Meta-Analysis to Support an Integrated Theory of Multimedia Learning,” will pull together trends across findings from more than 500 studies conducted with students studying math and science via multimedia instructional materials used in middle school through college.

As students are increasingly presented with math and science information in multiple media such as narrated animations or hyperlinked illustrated Web pages, Cromley said the project is important because new research is showing that popular design principles used by developers of educational media are too broad and don’t apply to all learners. A new model is needed, Cromley believes, that explains effective learning from multimedia as the joint and mutual action of stimulus characteristics, individual differences in learners, and varied learning tasks.

“A major contribution of this study would be moving from what is thought to work for all to what the recent research suggests works—and for whom—when learning with multimedia,” Cromley said.

According to Cromley, the project could potentially disseminate sound findings about learning with multimedia to broad audiences, including science and math teachers, postsecondary instructors, and discipline-based education researchers. Once completed, Cromley said the project will result in a book, articles, workshops, and a searchable website.

University of Texas at Austin faculty member S. Natasha Beretvas will be the co-principal investigator on the two-year study, which received $289,753 in funding.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Mar 15, 2017, 8:00 AM

Global CafeSponsored by the Office of International Programs in the College of Education, Global Cafe events feature informal presentations by Education students who have studied abroad in various countries, as well as talks by international students from those countries. 

Event info:

Fridays; 1-2 p.m.
Room 22, Education building

April 7 - Italy
April 14 - France
April 21 - Spain
April 28 - Hong Kong and Macau

Food and drinks are provided at the events.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Mar 15, 2017, 6:15 AM

In celebration of the University of Illinois sesquicentennial, the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research are now accepting proposals to fund four to six research symposia that tackle big-picture topics with clear societal impact and that showcase the university’s research strengths. Topics should appeal to researchers in a number of disciplines, and proposed presentations should invite the exploration of new or innovative approaches to pressing societal issues. Target attendance should be limited to 50-100 internal and external participants.

Funding of up to $20,000 per symposium is available.

Learn more about submitting proposals.

Funding for this program is made possible through the generous support of the David Dodds Henry Lectureship Fund.