Innovations in Teaching
and Learning

We develop and share innovative ways of teaching and learning that are made possible by multi-media and networked technologies.  These approaches increase access to educational opportunities and resources, especially for students and teachers in rural areas. Our new educational approaches engage students in interactive, visual learning environments and provide information to their teachers.

Digital Literacies

In K-12 education, we create model approaches to incorporating digital literacies into classroom practices; develop the conceptual framework and research base for digital literacies; and disseminate the framework and approaches to teachers, administrators and policymakers.

  • China Connections: Promoting global connections with new literacies in Beijing, China
    • Director: Hiller Spires
  • Crystal Island 5: Developing Science Problem-Solving Skills & Engagement Through Intelligent Game-Based Learning Environments
    • PI: James Lester
  • Crystal Island 8: Pedagogical Agents for Dynamic High-Performance Inquiry-Based Learning
    • PI: James Lester
  • Having Our Say: Stakeholders Share Perspectives on Education
    • Co-Directors: Hiller Spires and John Lee
  • New Literacies Collaborative: Promoting research, professional development, and global connections with new literacies
    • Co-Directors: Hiller Spires and John Lee

STEM Content and Teaching Practices

Through the design and testing of new models of practice, we develop curriculum resources and conduct professional development programs to engage educators in incorporating new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) content and teaching practices in K-12 classrooms.

  • AIM: All Included in Mathematics
    • PI: Paola Sztajn
  • ENGAGE: Immersive Game-Based Learning for Middle Grade Computational Fluency
    • Co-PI: Eric Wiebe
  • FIRE: Conceptualizing Non-Contact Forces – The Efficacy of Visiohaptic Simulations
    • PI: Gail Jones
  • GAMES Project: Gateways to Algebraic Motivation, Engagement and Success
    • PI: Michael Evans
  • JavaTutor: Investigating a model for human-computer tutorial dialogue
    • Co-PI: Eric Wiebe
  • The Leonardo Project: Intelligent cyber learning system that supports student’s scientific inquiry
    • Co-PI: Eric Wiebe
  • LTBI: Learning Trajectory Based Instruction
    • PI: Paola Sztjan
  • MISO: Maximizing the Impact of STEM Outreach
    • Co-PI: Eric Wiebe 
  • NC-MSEN: NC Math and Science Education Network Pre-College Program
    • Program Coordinator: Braska Williams
  • PTMT: Preparing to Teach Mathematics with Technology
    • Co-PIs: Hollylynne Lee, Karen Hollebrands and Allison McCulloch
  • STEM Career Awareness: Promoting STEM career interest, skills, and knowledge through Strategic Teaming
    • PI: Meg Blanchard
  • Studio STEM: Developing game-based applications to enhance learning
    • PI: Michael Evans
  • WIEP-STEM: Widening Implementation of Evidence-Based Pedagogies in STEM Education
    • Co-PI: Deniz Eseryel


Project Archive

To view completed projects in Innovations in Teaching and Learning, visit the Project Archive.