From The Theme
DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
What if we could provide an online platform for social reading, writing and annotation?
WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO
We set out to expand and improve data collection and analysis for Lacuna Stories, a project of Stanford’s Poetic Media Lab. Lacuna Stories is an open-source, online learning tool designed to create new possibilities for reading and learning collaboratively. It is used in courses at Stanford University as well as at Foothill Community College.
WHAT WE FOUND
By focusing on tools for digital annotation, Lacuna allowed instructors, students, and co-learners to discover different ways of reading, interpreting, and discussing course materials. The platform’s social annotation features enabled complex and comparative engagement with different forms of media concerning an academic topic.
Candace Thille Presentation: Big Data, the Science of Learning, Analytics, and Transformation of Education
PEOPLE BEHIND THE PROJECT
Amir Eschel is Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies, Professor of German Studies and Director of the Department of Comparative Literature. He is also an Affiliated Faculty at The Europe Center at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on the contemporary literature and the arts, with emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century German, Anglo-American and Hebrew.
Candace Thille is an Assistant Professor of Education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and Senior Research Fellow for the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning. She is also the founding director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on applying results from the learning sciences to the design, implementation, and evaluation of open web-based learning environments.