Projects

OpenIntro:

OpenIntro was started with one goal in mind: create a free and open-source introductory textbook. The mission of OpenIntro is to make educational products that are free, transparent, and lower barriers to education. I am a co-author on the three textbooks developed as part of this project and I also work on developing supplementary materials such as R labs, lecture slides, answer keys for instructors. Find out more at openintro.org.

MOOCs - Course development:

MOOCs - Research: Coursera and the Future of MOOCs

With the rise of open, online, publicly available education, educators have begun to question the legitimacy and practicality of this new form of learning (research opportunities, cost effectiveness vs. quality of education, completion rates, etc.). Our Bass Connections team in the Education and Human Development theme has developed and launched two Coursera courses in introductory chemistry and statistics, developing modules, investigating alternative means of conveying information, and probing the future of online education through mixed-methods research. Student team members are involved with all components of the project as well as serving as Community TAs for the courses. My collaborator on the project is Dorian Canelas (Duke, Chemistry). Find out more on the project homepage.

W-ISE and STEM FoR ALL:

This project aims to assess the use of active-learning techniques in introductory STEM courses as a means of increasing retention of women and minorities. Our model is based on social cognitive career theory (SCCT). SCCT suggests that individuals are more likely to pursue and continue in a field of study when, among other conditions, the individual has a high level of self-efficacy (feelings of ``I can do it”). Previous research suggest that self-efficacy is an especially good predictor of retention rates for groups who are viewed as a marginalized group within a field, such as women and minority students in STEM. Motivated by these findings, this project explores whether and how active-learning techniques in introductory STEM courses affects students’ self-efficacy since an increase in self-efficacy would suggest an increase in retention rates. The project is funded by Bass Connections - Education and Human Development for the 2015-2016 Academic year and my collaborator on the project is Genna Miller (Duke, Economics).

ShinyEd

Statistical education apps developed in R Shiny. Check out the gallery and let me know if you would like to contribute to this project.


This page is perpetually under development, check back again for an updated list of projects I’m working on.