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  • Welcome to the College of Education Announcements Blog!

    This blog is open to all College of Education students, faculty, and staff. Post all your announcements here, and each week you'll get an email of all the recent announcements. In addition, if you have an event to publicize, you can post it to the online College Calendar

  • CI 507: Digital Learning

    CI 507: Digital Learning
    Dr. Robb Lindgren,
    Fall 2013
    Monday, 4pm-6:50pm
    15 Education
    Credit: 4 hours

    The emergence of digital media technologies—from the Internet to mobile devices to immersive virtual worlds—is having a profound effect on education, and how we structure environments to help people learn in domains such as math and science. This course examines the intersection of learning theory and the design of interactive technologies for promoting problem solving, creativity, reflection, etc. The course also seeks to prepare students in education, computer science, and other areas of study for the burgeoning space of digital learning design.

  • EPSY 590KR Focus Groups in Education and Social Science Research

    EPSY 590KR Focus Groups in Education and Social Science Research

    CRN: 61424

    Instructor:    Katherine Ryan (  Time: Tuesday, 1:00 - 3:50 p.m.

    Location:      15 Education 

    The focus group interview involves a group of participants that interact with each other and the interviewer in answering questions about a specific topic. This course emphasizes the focus group as a distinctive research method, not just as an extension of interviews. In the course, students will develop an understanding of the design and implementation of focus groups research in education and the social sciences. The course will introduce students to the research literature on the nature and unique methodological characteristics of focus groups, critically examine focus group approaches, and explore the benefits/costs of focus groups through readings, discussions, and conducting a focus group project. Topics covered include the history and uses of focus groups, nature of focus group evidence, role of participant interaction, focus group protocols, moderator and observer/note taker techniques, focus group logistics, and analyzing and reporting focus group data.

  • CI 507 CLI: Collaborative Learning and Instruction

    CI 507 CLI: Collaborative Learning and Instruction

    Instructor: Dr. Emma Mercier

    115 David Kinley Hall

    Credit: 4 hours.

    While research on collaboration indicates that it can be productive pedagogic strategy for both learning and problem solving, it is rarely used in classrooms (and often disliked by students). We will explore the research on collaborative learning to understand what we know about it as a pedagogic strategy, what the limitations of the research are when it comes to implementing it in classrooms, and how current directions in the field, and in computer-supported collaborative learning, might be used to further our understanding of the complex nature of collaborative learning in classroom environments.

    Topics will include basic research on collaborative learning, differences between cooperative and collaborative learning, the role of teachers in the collaborative classroom, supporting collaboration practices within groups, and current research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). The course will take a critical approach to the literature to build an understanding of the state of this field, and class sessions will include different types of collaborative learning activities.

  • CI 499 CPC: Computer Programming and the Classroom (K-8)

    Instructor: Dr. Dan Hoffman

    Time: Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:50pm

    Location: 37 Education

    Credit: 4 hours

    This Fall, Dan Hoffman, a new member of the Curriculum & Instruction faculty, will be offering a course titled "Computer Programming and the Classroom (K-8)." This course is designed to introduce the theoretical, pedagogical, and practical aspects of integrating computer science activities into elementary and middle school classrooms. Throughout the semester we'll review current thinking on computer science education and how computer science topics and concepts can impact learning across the curriculum. Students will experience a variety of hands-on activities using child-friendly programming environments including Snap!BlocklyTynker, and Hopscotch. No programming experience required. Open to all.

    Flyer: Computer Programming and the Classroom (K-8)

  • Course Announcement: EPSY 590 IPP "Preparing Future Faculty"

    Are you finishing your doctoral degree in the near future and want support and guidance in entering the job market?   If so, this seminar is for you. Open to all graduate students in Education, we will cover topics such as:

    Conducting a Job Search: Writing a CV, Crafting a Cover Letter

    Getting the Job: Interviewing, Negotiating an Offer

    Managing the Job: Launching a Program of Research, Work/Life Balance

    Although the course is geared to students seeking academic positions, we will devote some time considering job searches outside of academics. This course is most appropriate for students who are at the dissertation stage.

  • Research Position for Postdoctoral Fellow or Advanced Doctoral Student

    Researchers from the Illinois Graduate College and the College of Education, with funding from the National Science Foundation, are studying the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) in STEM education, particularly where “flipped classroom” pedagogical approaches are being employed.  The research team is seeking applicants for a new, two-year research position. Duties will include administering and analyzing surveys and interviews, conducting classroom observations, writing reports, meeting/conference planning, and general project administration. The ideal candidate will have experience with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, along with excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Experience with project management, grant administration/reporting, and IRB paperwork would also be beneficial. Illinois professors Dr. Bill Buttlar, Dr. Sarah Lubienski and Dr. Wen-Hao Huang will oversee this position. Interested applicants should send a resume to Professor Sarah Lubienski at 


    Join us for 50 minute, hands-on workshops that will help you improve your research and information management skills. Upcoming sessions include:

    •             Intro to data management

    •             Getting organized with Mendeley

    •             How to create a great poster

    •             Deep searching the web

    •             How-to series: Mobile media production

    •             Your research rights: Ownership awareness to maximize the impact

    •             Digital humanities workshop: Omeka in a nutshell

    •             Digital historian series: Using digital tools for archival research

    And much more! For more details and registration:

    All sessions held in the Main Library, Room 314 unless otherwise noted.

  • University Library's Data Purchase Program

    The University Library is soliciting applications from faculty and graduate students who need to purchase numeric or spatial data for their research. Through a Data Purchase Program, funds will be awarded for such data purchases, with a maximum award of $5,000. The application deadline for first consideration is October 7, 2013.

    Visit for more details, including a description of the program and how to apply.

  • Retirement Reception: Professor Georgia Earnest Garcia

    You are invited to a retirement reception for Professor Georgia “Joey” Earnest García on
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., in 390 Education Building. Please join us to recognize her accomplishments and service to the University of Illinois. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP for food & drink planning purposes. Respond by replying to

  • School Research Deadline - September 10, 2013

    The Fall 2013 deadline for filing your School Research forms seeking to do research in Champaign, Urbana or Danville schools is SEPTEMBER 10th – one week from today. Be sure to have your IRB on file before you submit the form. You should also be aware that the form is no longer a Word document but is a web form completed online. Click here to go to the form or you can copy and paste this - - into your web  browser. The form can be saved and returned to later if you do not complete it in one sitting. You will also be asked to upload your IRB documents as you submit the form. Paper submissions are no longer accepted and the old forms will not be accepted. If you have any questions or experience difficulty with the form, please contact David Requa, Coordinator of School–University Research Relations, at 300-5021 or via email at

  • On-Site Background Checks - September 4, 2013

    Accurate Biometrics will be on site to administer fingerprint criminal background checks on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the College of Education in Room 192. 


    Visit the Bureau of Educational Research in Room 142 between August 26 and August 30, 2013 to secure an appointment time with an Accurate Biometrics representative during the time listed above. Please note that appointments will be handled in five-minute time blocks. This will be the only date during the Fall semester when an Accurate Biometrics representative will be on-site at the College.  We encourage you to take advantage of this service as background check requests that fall outside of this window will require researchers to visit the local Accurate Biometrics office.

    What to bring to your appointment:

    1. A valid, government issued picture ID (i.e., driver’s license, State ID, or passport). School IDs WILL NOT be accepted.
    2. Payment of $30.00 is required at the time of fingerprinting, and may be made via cash or money order made out to Accurate Biometrics. NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Although cash or money orders are preferred, credit card payments will be accepted with a mandatory $2.00 service fee assessment.

    Other important information:

    • You will be given a computer-generated receipt upon completion of the fingerprinting process. If a research grant will cover the costs of the background check, the researcher must first pay the fee to Accurate Biometrics and submit the receipt along with the approval of the Principal Investigator to the College Business Office for reimbursement.
    • The results of the background check will be sent by the Illinois State Police directly to the agency/individual requesting it on the form you complete. At no time will Accurate Biometrics receive the criminal history response.
    • If you miss Accurate Biometrics’ on-site services on the dates provided above, you will need to complete the form provided and visit their Champaign location (or another location most convenient to you). Please check their website often at for the most up-to date hours of operation & locations.
  • EPS 515: Philosophy of Educational Research

    Space remains in EPS 515, Philosophy of Educational Research [4 hours] (M. 4-6:50, 108 DKH)--Prof. Chris Higgins

    • Meets in conjunction with EPS 508, Uses & Abuses of Research in Education Policy--Prof. Chris Lubienski
    • Examines the rhetoric of the major research paradigms, the politics of research use in educational policy, and the philosophy of inquiry with the goal of fostering comprehensive and critical research literacy.

    Warning! Do not take this course unless you are one or more of the following:

    • a doctoral student who needs a general overview of educational research for your research specialization;
    • an educational researcher in training who wants to be conversant with research modes outside of your specialty;

    • an educational practitioner who needs to know how to read research and "evidence-based" directives critically;

    • a citizen who is angered by the idea that the democratic work of articulating who we will be through how we educate will be farmed out to technical experts or hijacked by special interest groups cloaking themselves in "research findings."

    The course begins with an extended case study. We examine what it is that makes education public, along the way reflecting on the affordances and limitations of different species of quantitative, qualitative, and humanistic educational research. We consider what counts as evidence in various research paradigms, what it means to speak of a "method" or "theoretical framework," and where one can find this special stuff known as "data." We also explore different forms of "proofiness," in which the trappings of a mode of research serve to hide the lack of a real question, an actual argument, or genuine significance. In the final third of the course, we take a closer look at the politics of research use and the philosophy of inquiry.

    If you have questions or would like a copy of the syllabus, email Chris Higgins at

  • QUERIES Consulting

    Need a little help getting your research design or analysis off the ground?  Have you run into an unexpected hitch in the research process?  Not sure how to handle a sticky evaluation issue?  

    We're here to help!

    The QUERIES division in the Department of Educational Psychology offers free assistance for research and evaluation designs and statistical analysis to students, faculty, and staff in the College of Education during drop-in consulting hours:

    Room 236 Education Building

         Tuesdays from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

         Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm

    I-STEM Education Initiative, 704 S. Sixth Street, MC-308

         Mondays from 12:30 – 3:30 pm

    And by appointment.

    Drop by to discuss your research project with QUERIES consultants! In general, no appointment is necessary to meet during regular office hours.

  • National Academy of Education Accepting Applications for Fellowships

    The National Academy of Education awards two professional development fellowships. The Dissertation Fellowship Program, which has an application deadline of October 4, seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, with an application deadline of November 1, supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. The NAE will host a webinar opportunity on September 16 for applicants to the Dissertation Fellowship Program and on September 18 for applicants to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This is an excellent opportunity for applicants to ask questions concerning the application process. If interested, register here for the dissertation webinar or register here for the postdoctoral webinar.