Developing Online Learning Experiments Using Doenet (2024)

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  • Kris Hollingsworth - Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Anurag Katyal - Palm Beach State College
  • Melissa Lynn - St Olaf College
  • Duane Nykamp - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

In this five-day workshop, participants will learn how to create and implement online learning experiments using the Distributed Open Education Network (Doenet, Doenet is designed to help faculty critically evaluate how different content choices influence student learning in their classrooms. Doenet enables instructors to quickly test hypotheses regarding the relative effectiveness of alternative approaches by providing tools to assign different variations of an activity and analyze the resulting data.

Following brief introductions and demos of features of the Doenet platform, participants will work in small groups to develop learning experiments that can be used in the college classroom, assisted by the developers of Doenet. The expectation is that participants will leave the workshop with a learning experiment that they can use in their classroom the following year.

The workshop will run from 9 AM on Monday, May 20 through Noon on Friday, May 24. All organized activities will occur between 9 AM and 4 PM each day.

The workshop is open to faculty at all levels teaching STEM courses.

To apply, please submit the following documents through the Program Application link at the top of the page:

  1. A personal statement briefly (200 words or less) stating what you hope to contribute to the discussion on learning experiments and what you hope to gain from this workshop. Include courses you teach for which you'd like to develop learning experiments. Priority will be given to those able to run learning experiments in their courses in the following year.
  2. A brief CV or resume. (A list of publications is not necessary.)
This workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation. Limited funding is available to support travel and/or local expenses. The application includes a section to request this funding. There is no registration fee. We are opening the workshop to a limited number of remote participants. To apply for remote attendance, please mention in your personal statement that you would like to attend remotely.

Deadline for full consideration: April 17, 2024.

Start date
Monday, May 20, 2024, 8 a.m.
End date
Friday, May 24, 2024, Noon

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities