News from WCER
Astronomy Video Game Developed at UW–Madison Wins National People’s Choice Award
August 7, 2017
“At Play in the Cosmos,” an educational video game developed at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the winner of the Third Annual Mashable + Games for Change People’s Choice Award. This new educational resource for introductory college astronomy received the highest number of online votes among the 11 games nominated in the category.
Education Technologies Improve Collaborative Learning in Undergrad Chemistry
July 10, 2017
WCER researcher Martina Rau and colleagues found that undergraduate chemistry students who used educational technology to discuss problem-solving mistakes had higher learning outcomes than students who participated in the traditional version of the lab course. This study was published in Computers and Education.
Teacher Fellowship to Game Designer
July 5, 2017 | By Paul Baker
Teachers from across Wisconsin eagerly join a fellowship wait list to learn how to create digital educational games that engage students and boost learning.
June 28, 2017
David Williamson Shaffer, a WCER game scientist, explores how to make sense of the deluge of information in the digital age through quantitative ethnography. This new science gives researchers tools to understand not just what data says, but what it tells us about the people who created it.
Rural Teachers Speak Out
June 23, 2017 | By Lynn Armitage
Shirley Wright had an idea. “What if we created a forum where teachers could talk directly to education researchers about the challenges they face in the classroom?” In her capacity as the assistant to the director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), Wright’s job does not take her into the field, so she rarely sees the direct link between research and classroom practice.
Institutional Data Systems Limit Impacts on Teaching Improvement
June 22, 2017
In a study published in Project MUSE, WCER researcher Matthew Hora and colleagues found that institutional data systems were ineffective in supporting teaching and learning. Specifically, accountability mechanisms, such as student course evaluations, were too vague and tardily reported. Many faculty created their own course-level feedback systems.
Strength in Numbers
May 26, 2017 | By Lynn Armitage
Created by Christine Pfund, the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), one of the newest projects at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) in the School of Education.
Teacher Speakout! Panel Discussion and Event Summary
May 26, 2017
On May 15, nine teachers from rural districts around Wisconsin came to UW-Madison to discuss what it is like to be a teacher in a rural Wisconsin district.
Rural Teachers to Share Perspectives with UW–Madison Education Researchers
April 26, 2017
Nine public school teachers from seven rural districts around Wisconsin will share their experiences with university researchers at the first-ever Teacher Speakout! Monday, May 15, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Madison Education Partnership Issues Call for Proposals
April 17, 2017
The Madison Education Partnership, a research-practice partnership between Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), requests proposals from University faculty, research staff and advanced graduate students to conduct research under this partnership on questions related to the MMSD Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) program. Advanced graduate students may apply only with a faculty member as Principal Investigator. Below we describe the partnership, topic of focus for 2017-18, and details of proposal submission.
New Funding Awards Support Math Education and Native American Student Assessment
April 17, 2017
Two recent awards will support math contextualization and culturally responsive language assessment.
Nicole Bowman to Present at 2017 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum
April 13, 2017
Nicole Bowman to present paper at the 2017 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum
Madison School District, UW–Madison Create Research-Practice Partnership to Improve Local Education
April 11, 2017
A new partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to combine the expertise of district educators and university researchers to improve education.
UW-Madison School of Education Ranked No. 1 Among Public Institutions by U.S. News
March 14, 2017
U.S. News and World Report released its annual rankings of the top graduate schools on Tuesday and UW-Madison’s School of Education and many of its programs once again were recognized as being among the very best in the nation.
Teaching by Example
March 6, 2017 | By Lynn Armitage
A student holds up a sign with the comment, “You’re so pretty, for a Black girl.” In another photo, a student of Latino heritage grips this disturbing message: “The only reason you got into this school is because of the color of your skin.”