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.

by the College of Education at Illinois / Mar 14, 2017, 5:15 AM

Alumnus Michael WoodsMichael Woods, Ed.M. ’68, Ed.D. ’79, spent nearly 50 years as a teacher and coach in public schools and as an Illinois faculty member. Basketball was a major part of his youth, which he reflects on in a new book he wrote called The Game: The Way We Were to the Way We Are.

The 77-year-old Woods was inspired to write The Game after discovering his grandchildren didn’t know much about their family’s history. For Woods, that history started in Fulton, Illinois, where hoops was huge.

“You couldn’t grow up in the Woods family in the 1950s without being inundated with basketball,” Woods told Jim Dey of The News-Gazette. “You ate and slept basketball. Basketball was every day.”

Woods was president of the Champaign district teachers union for 16 years and in the 1980s briefly served in an administrative post that oversaw school desegregation efforts.

Fully retired since 2012, he and his wife now travel the country in a 25-foot van, often visiting western states.

Read more about Woods’s reflections on roundball.

Photo by Rick Danzl of The News-Gazette.

by Julie Kellogg ( / Mar 13, 2017, 9:15 AM

The Department of Educational Psychology
AppLeS Student Capstone Project Presentations

Please join the Department of Educational Psychology to celebrate our first graduating class of AppLeS (Applied Learning Science) students as they finish up their final year in the AppLeS program and the Learning and Education Studies (LES) major. The students will present findings from their Capstone research projects and discuss their future plans. Please come and help us toast our students!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Noon – 1:30 PM
22 Education Building

Presenting their Capstone research projects are:

Destinee Johnson – "The Effects of Teacher Involvement on the Student Field Trip Experience"

Jeremy Davis – "Motivation for Learning a Second Language between Different College Departments”

Xiaoyi (Kellie) Huang – “Gesture and Word Learning”

­Lunch will be served!