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Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Mann Library, 102
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
The shortage of skilled labor in the digital economy and persistent educational disparities call for more efficient and equitable approaches to life-long learning. Online education can provide affordable and effective learning opportunities at scale, but it can also inadvertently reinforce disparities in a population with high demographic, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity. The extent to which learning environments are perceived as inclusive and supportive spaces can influence student attitudes and behavior. Large-scale behavioral science interventions in online education offer a path for identifying barriers to achievement, and inform strategies for Psychologically Inclusive Design, an evidence-based approach to reduce psychological barriers by strategically placing content and design cues in the learning environment to communicate inclusiveness.
Rene Kizilcec is an Assistant Professor in Cornell's Department of Information Science, where he directs the Future of Learning Lab. His research is on the impact of digital technologies in formal and informal learning contexts and scalable interventions to broaden participation, raise academic performance, and reduce achievement gaps. Kizilcec is known for his work in learning analytics on understanding and supporting learners in massive open online courses. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from University College London, and an MSc in Statistics and PhD in Communication from Stanford University.