"Our Mission is to Build on Theories of Learning and Instruction to Create Innovative Learning Environments that Maximize Learner Capacity to Achieve Learning Goals"
Publication in the Journal of Korea Multimedia Society
January 27, 2023
Kim, J., Lee, M., Park, J., Kim, J., & Sohn, E. (2022). Effects of a Cognitive Flexibility Hypertext Learning Environment for University Software Education. Journal of Korea Multimedia Society, 25(12), 1698–1713.
This paper analyzed the effects of a cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environment to improve computational thinking skills, and perceptions and attitudes towards software in university software education. The research questions were ‘Is cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environments effective in improving university students’ computational thinking skills?’ and ‘Is cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environments effective in improving university students’ perceptions and attitudes towards software?’. The following conclusions can be drawn based on the results of the study: First, cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environments can be effective in improving university students’ computational thinking skills. In particular, it was found that cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environments can be effective in promoting pattern recognition. Second, cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environments can have no effect in improving university students’ perceptions and attitudes towards software. Based on the discussions, cognitive flexibility hypertext learning environments can be an effective method to develop learners’ computational thinking skills in university software education.
Dr. Young Rok Kim joined the lab as a visiting scholar
January 19, 2023
We have a visiting scholar!
Dr. Young Rok Kim joined our lab. He is an associate professor at the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Kangwon National University, one of the largest national universities in Korea. His studies cover education policy, especially distance education policies, based on his 12 years of work experience at Korean Educational Research and Information Systems. During his visit to GSU, he wants to conduct a comparative study on how the pandemic impacted educational technology policies in the United States and Korea.
His major is public policy, and detailed majors include comparative policy, financial administration, and education policy. Among education policies, he has pursued studies of distance education policies. Dr. Kim also has 12 years of work experience at a government institution, Korea Education Research Information Service (KERIS), researching education with technology in Korea.
During his visit, he will conduct research about educational innovation and policies. During the pandemic, schools in Korea were unable to conduct face-to-face classes for about one and a half years. Distance education in Korea made a great contribution to reducing the educational gap during the pandemic as experienced in the US. He will conduct a comparative study on education policies during the pandemic between the United States and Korea in various dimensions such as major policies, educational methods, technology deployment, new pedagogical models, benefits and challenges, etc.
Senior Program Committee Member for 2023 ICLS and Program Committee Member for CSCL
January 19, 2023
Co-Director, Dr. Min Kyu Kim, serves as a Senior Program Committee Member for the Learning Sciences (ICLS) and program Committee Member for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). The theme for this year’s annual meeting, Building knowledge and sustaining our community, explores the recent unfolding educational and social climate and new roles and practices for technology and distributed communities that have been quick to evolve and become adopted. The ICSL meeting will be held in Montreal, Canada, from June 13, 2023, to June 17, 2023.
Review Editor in Frontiers in Psychology
January 19, 2023
Frontiers in Psychology is one of the field's top gold SSCI journals in the category of Psychology, Multidisciplinary with an impact factor of 4.232. As a review editor, Co-director, Dr. Nam Ju Kim, will suggest and/or co-edit a research topic article collection- contribute to the editorial direction of the journal by developing an article collection that is in line with the field of educational psychology and also recruit the reviewers for the submitted manuscripts.
Reviewer for the evaluation report in IES, U.S. Department of Education
January 19, 2023
Co-director, Dr. Nam Ju Kim, will serve as a reviewer for the evaluation report published by IES. With his expertise in Bayesian statistical analysis. he will judge the quality of the report synthesizing "What Works Clearinghouse" research. "What Works Clearinghouse" is a leading federal source of evidence-based information about education programs, policies, and interventions that show promise for improving student outcomes.
Presentation at the AI-ALOE External Advisory Board Meeting
December 2, 2022
Director Dr. Min Kyu Kim and two project GRAs, Jinho Kim and Yoojin Bae attended the AI-ALOE External Advisory Board Meeting, which was held virtually on December 2nd, 2022. With all members of the AI-ALOE executive committee present, there were discussions about the many research projects and technology deployments of 2022. We shared findings from our deployment of SMART at two TCSG courses in a seven-minute presentation by Jinho Kim. We were able to show positive changes in student summary indices and surveys, as well as findings from interviews.
AI2 Lab Fall Feast
October 22, 2022
AI2 members at GSU had a Fall Feast event at Dr. Kim's house on October 22, 2022. It was our first face-to-face fun activity that had been delayed due to the COVID pandemic. Dr. Kim cooked Korean BBQ (chicken and beef), kmbob (Korean sushi), tteokbokki (spicy Korean rice cake), and some beverages. Also, there was very authentic international food our members brought. There were a lot of leftovers after we ate as full as we could hold. We should have invited more guests! We will do it next time.
AI2 members gave a talk about AI-enabled learning analytics.
October 4, 2022
Director Dr. Min Kyu Kim and two graduate research associates, Jinho Kim and Yoojin Bae were invited to present the topic, "AI-Enabled Learning Analytics: Strategies and Examples" at the AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (ALOE) Meetings: Use-Inspired AI. In the presentation, they discussed their ideas on the topic of AI-enabled learning analytics and introduced some research projects in progress to demonstrate how AI can help conduct descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.
Jinho Kim and Lia Haddadian present lastest work at AI-ALOE
August 19, 2022
On August 19, 2022, there was an National Science Foundation (NSF) visit meeting at AI-ALOE with NSF Program Director, James Dolon. With it being approximately a year since the start of the AI-ALOE project, researchers and graduate students discussed their work with agendas such as virtual assistants, participatory design, technology infrasturcure, self-directed learning, learning analytics, personalized learnning, machine teaching and mutual theory of mind.
Our two project GRAs, Jinho Kim and Lia Haddadian attended in-person to present the findings. At the morning session, Jinho spoke about how the Student Mental Model Analyzer for Research and Teaching (SMART) has been implemented in the pervious semester. During the afternoon session, Jinho presented how textul data is analyzed and evaulated in SMART. Lia showed how SMART can be used as a personalized learning tool.
Min Kyu Kim was invited to present his work on adult learner motivation
July 29, 2022
Director Dr. Min Kyu Kim was invited to give a talk about adult motivation research at the AI Institute for Adult Learning and Online Education (ALOE) Meetings: AI Research Exploration. In the presentation, building on his previous studies and the literature review, Dr. Kim shared learning-related motivational theories and what we need to consider for motivation research in online adult education settings such as AI ALOE.