An investigation of several classrooms showed how changes made during the pandemic affected the suitability of those rooms for different kinds of learning after COVID-19.
G. Alex Ambrose serves as Director of Learning Research and is the founder of the Research & Assessment for Learning (ReAL) Design Lab at the University of Notre Dame Learning's Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. He holds the rank of Full Professor of the Practice with concurrent appointments in the Education, Schooling, & Society and Computing & Digital Technologies Departments. In addition, he is a faculty fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. In both his research and his teaching, Alex works to advance his mission: to fight for and create the conditions necessary for the liberation of learning and the alleviation of unnecessary anxiety and harm in education, for both students and faculty. Alex envisions his role as that of a learning experience architect, pioneering more inclusive and authentic assessment through technology. His current research focuses on applied learning research, design, and evaluation, including learning analytics, flexible learning spaces, digital portfolios and badges. Alex's work has been published in a range of academic and technology-based journals and has earned him the 2015 Campus Technology Innovator Award as well as recognition by Google, IBM, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates and National Science Foundations.
A first-year experience course at the University of Notre Dame offered the opportunity to develop and test a next generation digital learning environment based on the five dimensions described in an EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative report.
Over the past year, the University of Notre Dame's Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning and the Office of Digital Learning designed five different Credly Open Badges across three edX MOOCs and issued them to 233 learners around the globe. Here they share what they discovered.