Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Marble Solitaire
Since its inception and in its various incarnations, the CSML has always been involved in projects that explore pedagogy and that develop technological tools to assist with it. In fact, the original proposal for its first incarnation, The Internet Applications Laboratory (IALab), referred to the lab as a "collaborative learning environment." It was staffed by a dozen students from around campus who made use of seventeen computers and servers to serve more than a million education-based web pages a week to the global community free-of charge. This was particularly helpful for parts of the world where textbooks were not readily available, a point that was acknowledged by a significant number of email responses in support of this work. (It still amazes me what a group of motivated students can do to make the world a better place.)

Our emphasis on collaborative learning is rooted strongly in complexity theory, which has been used to establish the organization of activity in the lab itself and the design of several of my courses, including one dedicated to creating an AI that could win at the marble solitaire game pictured here. But that's another story for a later post. In anticipation of that and to demonstrate our commitment to education and pedagogy, it seems fitting at this time to offer a partial list of education-focused projects, presentations, interviews and news stories that have come out of research from the lab. They are as follows in reverse chronological order:

  • Collaborative Writing in the Undergraduate Classroom, Pastry and Pedagogy Workshop, Center for Teaching Excellence, The University of Evansville, April 23rd, 2015.
  • Epistemic Information Reductionism and Its Impact on American Higher Education, The 6th Workshop on the Philosophy of Information, Duke University, May 15th-16th 2014.
  • Future Knowledge Interview. Center for Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina, February 7th, 2014.
  • The Digital Revolution and Research in the Humanities. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, January 23rd, 2014.
  • Teaching Students beyond Their Abilities: What Multi-Agent Word Processing Can Do for the Philosophy Classroom. The 2013 Conference of the International Association for Computing and Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University, July 15th-17th, 2013.
  • Technological Enhancement of Humanistic Education: Modeling Student Interaction in a Classroom Setting (Austin Willis, Co-PI), UExplore Undergraduate Research Program, The University of Evansville, Summer 2013.
  • Integrating Research into the Humanities Classroom using Multi-Agent Word Processing, Faculty Grant Workshop, The University of Evansville, May 7th, 2013.
  • Computer Simulations in the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, (Co-director with Marvin Croy, Patrick Grim and Mirsad Hadzikadic), 2010-2012.
  • Domain-Specific Search and the Encyclopedic Internet Vision. Spring 2008 Talk Series on Network and Complex Systems, Indiana University, February 25th, 2008.
  • Pedagogy and Situated Cognition: Technique and Technology in the Evolution of Intelligence. Andiron Lecture, University of Evansville, 2005.
  • Edison, Bell and the Future of Educational Technology. Wednesday Mornings at the University of Evansville, 2005.
  • The University of Evansville's Program in Internet Technology. Board of Trustees, University of Evansville, 2001. Also presented to the Washington D.C. Area Alumni Association of the University of Evansville, Washington D.C., 2001.
  • A Progress Report on Research from the Internet Applications Laboratory. Evansville Chamber of Commerce Meeting at the University of Evansville, 2001.
  • Panel Participant, Philosophy on the Internet: Questions of Standards. Special Session Arranged by the APA Board of Officers, Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Boston, December, 1999.
  • Managing Quality Content on the Web: A Preview. Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Boston, December, 1999.
  • A Progressive Experiment for the Dissemination of Professional Philosophy. The 12th Triennial Conference of the International Association of University Presidents: Touchstones for a Modern University Culture, Brussels, July, 1999.
  • Interview on using the Internet to teach Plato for The Best of Our Knowledge, produced at WAMC in Albany, New York, syndicated on National Public Radio, aired May 6th, 1998.
  • Lisa Guernsey, Plato Pages Introduce Students to Dialogues. The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30th, 1998.
  • Argos and Exploring Ancient World Cultures: How a Limited Area Search Engine Can Supplement Course-based Internet Resources. Technology Enhancement of Teaching and Learning: Asynchronous Delivery from Course Development to Learner Support, Purdue University, October, 1997.
  • Exploring Ancient World Cultures on the World Wide Web. World Culture Faculty, Fall Faculty Conference, University of Evansville, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1999.

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