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Designing Engaging Online Learning Experiences

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Kirsten Peterson, a highly experienced instructional designer and instructor, leads EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online team in providing capacity-building, research-based programs, courses, and services that enable organizations to build successful online and blended learning experiences for K–16 students, teachers, and adult learners. Clients include schools and districts, institutions of higher education, corporations, regional education service providers, education cooperatives, afterschool programs, museums, and a wide array of nonprofit organizations. Recently, Kirsten led the development of two for-credit high school online art courses for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, one of which was awarded a 2015 Gold MUSE award by the American Alliance of Museums. In this post, she describes three of the key tenets of instructional design that her team follows when they design courses for clients.

Kirsten Peterson, a highly experienced instructional designer and instructor, leads EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online team in providing

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Joe Ippolito

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Joe Ippolito provides expertise in the design and management of large-scale initiatives focused on career education and training for diverse fields. He is deeply committed to creating pathways to STEM careers and improving outcomes for at-risk young people, including youth reentering the community from juvenile detention centers.

Ippolito engages experts in documenting the skills and knowledge that professionals need to succeed. Career-technical education institutions, workforce training programs, and colleges use the resulting “professional profiles” to design curricula, workshops, and courses. Recently, for EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, he co-led  panels of big data experts in developing the first profiles of a Big Data-enabled Professional and Data Practitioner. Previously, he co-led the development of profiles of what “Social Technology-Enabled” and “Computational Thinking-Enabled” professionals need to know and be able to do. He is the lead author of the recent case study “Defining an Emerging Occupation: Who Is the Social Technology Enabled Professional” published by Sheffield Hallam University.

As the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) research project, Ippolito is examining the extent to which best-practice social media strategies enable colleges to increase student enrollment. He is also leading an NSF-ATE project that is working with community colleges to create big-data career pathways. Previously, he supported Athens Technical College (GA) in strengthening career pathways for its students.  Ippolito has co-authored Fulfilling the Call: A Model for Unitarian Universalist Ministry in the 21st CenturyProject SMART: Local Manufacturing Industry Skill Standards, and Project SMART: Work-Based Learning in the Manufacturing Firm.

Before joining EDC, Ippolito served as Vice-President / Programs and Development for Youth Opportunities Unlimited, where he designed and managed programs to deliver comprehensive career development, job readiness, and mentoring services to middle- and high-school students. Earlier in his career, he worked as a community organizer, building interdenominational faith-based advocacy organizations in low-income communities. 

Ippolito received a BA in Religious Studies from Duke University and an MA in Religious Studies from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago    

 

 

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Senior Project Director

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Pathways to College and Careers

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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216-386-3051

MassCAN Briefing Book

Fri, 01/01/2016

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Jim Stanton, Steve Vinter, Tripp Jones

Founded in 2013, the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) is a partnership of organizations collaborating to inspire and educate students in the field of computer science and prepare them to lead and innovate in a future economy that will be dependent on and driven by computer technology. In this Briefing Book, the leaders of MassCAN describe the goals, key accomplishments, and future directions of the partnership. The Briefing Book also includes extensive information about the current status of computer science education in Massachusetts and the U.S.

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Diana Wogan

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Diana Wogan contributes her expertise in research, policy analysis, and school improvement to a wide range of initiatives. Working closely with key state and regional education leaders, she ensures that research and lessons learned by practitioners inform education policy to improve educational outcomes for all students.

Wogan leads a team in providing analytic technical support that ensures that research informs the day-to-day work in schools, school districts, state departments of education, and state capitals. She also contributes analytical expertise to the REL Northeast & Islands

With colleagues, Wogan provides technical support to grantees funded by the US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) program. Her guidance advances i3 project leaders’ efforts to address education challenges such as turning around underperforming schools, educating English learners, and improving school culture and climate. She also provides technical support to grantees funded by the US Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program, particularly around stakeholder engagement and communication.

Before joining EDC, Wogan worked with the Boston Public Schools, helping schools with a longer day to use their time effectively in support of students and teachers. Prior to that, she served as Research Director for the Joint Committee on Education in the Massachusetts state legislature, where she helped draft legislation relating to school improvement and turnaround, and bullying prevention. In addition, Wogan advised members on education policy matters. She began her career as a community organizer in New Jersey, working with college students to advocate for student debt reform, urban renewal, and public health.

Wogan received a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Political Science from Northeastern University.  

 

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Research, Evaluation, and Policy

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2462

Quick-Click Tour of LTD FY15 Resources

Sat, 10/03/2015

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This "Quick-Click Tour" presents some of the online and print resources that the Learning and Teaching Division at EDC produced from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.

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10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety

Thu, 10/01/2015

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EDC Staff of the Head Start National Center on Health

This tool, targeted toward parents of young children and the Head Start program staff who support them, introduces 10 actions that adults and programs should take to create a culture of safety, and then goes into detail about each of the suggested actions.

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25 pp.

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Computer Science Success Strategies

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12/10/2015
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From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m ET, in honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13, 2015), join the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR) for the free webinar, Success Strategies for Integrating Computer Science in STEM. Although there is increasing national awareness of the importance of developing computer science skills and knowledge in students of all ages, it is challenging to effectively integrate computer science into existing STEM programming.

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