TELS Community Partners

Director

  • Marcia Linn
    University of California, Berkeley
    Marcia is the Director of the TELS Community. She is a professor of development and cognition specializing in education in mathematics, science, and technology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Marcia is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as Chair of the AAAS Education Section and as President of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.
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Research Partners

  • James Slotta
    University of Toronto
    Jim is a Principal Investigator of the original TELS project and has worked on the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) since its inception. He is now an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Toronto. Building on a background in physics and cognitive psychology, Jim designs and investigates Web-based learning environments. He studies how these environments can add inquiry activities to the K-12 curriculum and improve student learning. Jim guides partnerships with curriculum developers, technology designers, educational researchers, and school districts.
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  • Robert Tinker
    Concord Consortium
    Bob Tinker is the Principal Investigator for the LOOPS project and a co-PI on the original TELS project. Bob is an internationally recognized as a pioneer in using educational technology for scientific inquiry. He developed the MBL and Network Science concepts and has directed numerous educational research projects. He founded the Concord Consortium and pioneered its INTEC and Virtual High School projects.
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  • Elizabeth Gerard
    University of California, Berkeley

    Libby was a TELS Fellow from 2003-2008. She completed her PhD from Mills College in 2008 and was a TELS post-doctoral scholar from 2008-2012.  She is now a professional researcher with the TELS Community. She studies the relationship between professional development, technology-enhanced instruction and student knowledge integration in inquiry science. Libby is particularly interested in how to use technology-enhanced assessment data to support teacher and principal decision-making to improve inquiry instruction and student learning. Libby leads the TELS professional development activities including summer institutes, sustained inquiry based communities, and teacher mentoring.

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  • Stephen Bannasch
    Concord Consortium

    Stephen Bannasch is the Director of Technology at the Concord Cosortium. He pioneered the technology used in educational applications of computer interfaces to laboratory experiments (microcomputer-based labs or MBL). Stephen develops new physical and computer models to help students understand heat and temperature. He also works with the Exploratorium in San Francisco developing handheld computers and wireless communication to allow visitors to explore exhibits in greater depth.

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  • Douglas Clark
    Vanderbilt University

    Doug Clark's research investigates students' learning processes as they study core science concepts in digital environments and computer games. He is an Associate Professor of Science Education at Vanderbilt University (and was formerly a professor at Arizona State University). Doug currently directs the SURGE project. He also directs the Technology Opening Diverse Opportunities for Science (TODOS) research group, which studies how computer and Internet technology can improve equity in science learning for minority populations and English Language Learners.

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  • Lydia Liu
    Educational Testing Service

    Ou Lydia Liu is Associate Research Scientist at ETS's Foundational & Validity Research Center. She was originally a TELS fellow and contributed to TELS-related assessment design and evaluation. Lydia's education research includes multivariate item response modeling, validation of standardized testing programs, and gender differences on large-scale standardized math assessments.

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  • Michelle Williams
    Michigan State University

    Michelle Williams is an assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University. Michelle's research involves the investigating teacher learning in science and technology in professional development communities. She is currently operating a five-year NSF-funded research project looking at how upper-elementary and early middle school students develop coherent understandings of complex science across successive grade levels using WISE. This entails studying the relationships between students' learning outcomes and teachers' instructional practices.

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  • Chad Dorsey
    Concord Consortium

    Chad Dorsey is the President and CEO of the Concord Consortium. He is a former physics teacher and Assessment and Evaluation Associate for the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, where he provided teacher professional development and developed educational technology projects. Chad is leading Concord's involvement in the CLEAR project and development of the MySystem diagramming and modeling environment.

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  • Yael Kali
    The Technion: Israel Institute of Technology

    Yael Kali’s work focuses on the design of educational technology-based curricula. She studies how an infrastructure that connects design principles with software features can assist designers and teachers to customize and design new educational technology-based tools. Yael runs the Design Principles Database, which synthesizes research findings and relates the findings to educational principles.

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  • Jane Bowyer
    Mills College
    Jane Bowyer's primary interests are the role of educational leadership and professional development in science and technology. She has directed numerous teacher development research projects, including the mid-career math and science teacher preparation program, a doctoral program in educational leadership and cross-cultural research in Japanese teacher development. Jane directs research on educational leadership and professional development in science and technology, with a focus on how educational leaders can best support the use of instructional technology for improving science education.
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  • Keisha Varma
    University of Minnesota
    Keisha Varma's research explores the cognitive processes that underlie science learning. She is a Professor of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Keisha investigate students' understanding of complex science concepts and how technology can facilitate science learning. Keisha is studying how technology can enhance students' learning behaviors and improve their representations for complex systems. Additionally, she studies teacher knowledge development and is looking at ways to leverage psychological methodologies to understand changes in teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge and their representations of effective teaching practice.
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  • Hee-Sun Lee
    Tufts University
    Hee-Sun Lee is an Assistant Professor at Tufts University. Her research interests include theory-driven inquiry-based science curricula, developing valid and reliable assessment instruments to measure inquiry learning, using authentic scientific practices in K-12 classrooms, using technological tools to enhance students' inquiry-based learning, and scaling locally successful curricular projects to culturally and ethnically diverse settings. Hee-Sun is also interested in designing and developing research methodologies that can allow researchers to conduct ecologically valid studies in real classroom settings. Hee-Sun directs the assessment activities for the TELS and CLEAR projects.
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  • S. Raj Chaudhury
    Auburn University
    Raj Chaudhury is Associate Director of the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Auburn University. His main interests lie in the application of learning technologies to better understand how people learn. As a physics teacher for 15 years, Raj has focused on conceptual development of abstract physics ideas for all students - with a special interest in non-science majors and future educators.
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  • Paul Horwitz
    Concord Consortium

    Paul Horwitz is a Principal Investigator for the LOOPS project and directs the Concord Consortium Modeling Center. His educational research interests center around helping students use mental models to learn and apply scientific principles.

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  • Ken Bell
    Concord Consortium

    Ken Bell manages the TELS project at the Concord Consortium and also works on the LOOPS project. He works closely with TELS Community partner schools, administrators, teachers, and staff. Ken assists the Concord Consortium technology team and manages software development and documentation.

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  • Hsin-Yi Chang
    National Kaohsuing Normal University
    Hisn-Yi explores the use of computer-based dynamic visualizations to support students in learning science and examines how dynamic visualizations can affect student learning and understanding of science concepts. She has designed instructional practices to incorporate learning technologies into science curricula.
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  • Ji Shen
    University of Georgia
    Ji Shen is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Science Education at the University of Georgia. He originally worked as a Post-Doctoral scholar for TELS and MODELS helped lead the school administrator professional development efforts. Ji's main areas of research include model-based instruction in science classrooms, modeling and visualizations in technology-enhanced curricula, science education assessments, epistemology and scientific learning processes, as well as teacher education.
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  • Christopher Hoadley
    New York University

    Chris Hoadley is interested in ways for computers to enhance collaboration and learning. His research focuses on collaborative technologies and computer support for cooperative learning (CSCL), as well as systems for supporting social capital and distributed intelligence, the role of informatics and digital libraries in education, and science and engineering education. Chris is the director of dolcelab, the Laboratory for Design Of Learning, Collaboration & Experience. He was recently awarded a Fulbright for 2008-2009 in the South Asia Regional program and is studying educational technologies for sustainability and empowerment in rural Himalayan villages.

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