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2 College of Education doctoral students awarded COIL research grants

Fariha Salman, Kyung Kim finished near top of detailed review process.
2 College of Education doctoral students awarded COIL research grants

Kyle Peck

Two College of Education doctoral students have been awarded research initiation grants of up to $50,000 from the Center for Online Innovation in Learning.

Kyle Peck
Kyle Peck
Fariha Salman and Kyung Kim, students in the College’s Learning, Design and Technology program, had their proposals rated near the top during a rigorous review process, according to Kyle Peck, co-director of COIL.

Salman’s submission is titled “GreenDesigners: Augmented Reality Learning Experience for Sustainable Engineering Design.’’ Kim’s is “Exploratory Development of a Tool to Measure Learners’ Knowledge Structure in Online Learning Courses: Formative Structural Assessment.’’

COIL’s directors also verified that each proposal represented innovation that was likely to enhance learning and provide processes, products or lessons that could benefit other professors or learners, Peck said.

Peck said Kim worked on the proposal’s scholarship with Roy Clariana, a professor in Learning, Design and Technology.

Salman’s research partners were Peck along with David R. Riley, an associate professor in the Sustainability Experience Center; Eric Klopfer, a professor in the Scheller Teacher Education Program at MIT; and Bob Coulter of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Salman had previously partnered with Drs. Heather Zimmerman and Susan Land in research in this area.

COIL was designed to build and sustain a culture of innovation, collaboration and invention focused on improving online teaching and learning. Its grants fund research-project development and proof of concept stages intended to generate preliminary evidence to pursue external funding for larger-scale studies.

Jim Carlson (June 2015)