PROJECTS & RESEARCH
2007-Present      Principal Investigator, The Math Forum’s Virtual Fieldwork Sequence. This two-year NSF project builds on the former Online Mentoring project by building two new online learning modules to support pre-service teachers to mentor K-12 students in mathematics. The new modules focus on Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning and Diagnosing Student thinking in Mathmatics. These two new module are coupled with an updated mentoring module to make a three module set to be used in face-to-face math education classes. The research in the project investigates the potential of hybrid learning spaces, combining online work with face-to-face classes in an effort to affect the local culture of teacher education programs and the identities of the students in those programs. The project is funded by NSF’s CCLI program for $457,750 over two years. Award number: 0717732

2005-Present    Co-principal Investigator, Leadership Development for Technology Integration: Developing an Effective NSDL Teacher Workshop Model This is a three-year NSF project to develop and refine a hybrid workshop model that supports teachers to integrate National Science Digital Library (NSDL) resources and technologies into their classrooms with an immediate goal to directly engage over 1,000 teachers, grades 5-9. The project is funded by NSF’s NSDL program for $650,000 over the three-year period.

2003-Present    Co-principal Investigator, Virtual Math Teams.  This is a five-year NSF project at the Math Forum that will investigate the dynamics of online and face-to face collaborative problem solving and problem creation. The project will seek to identify aspect of good collaborative problem solving and then design online systems that will help both students and teachers to create and solve collaborative math problems. The five year project is funded by two NSF grants. NSDL: Collaborative Services for the Math Forum Digital Library, $450,000 for two years. ITR: Catalyzing & Nurturing Online Workgroups to Power Virtual Learning Communities, $2,299,978 for five years.

2005-2006     Community Evaluation Research, Episcopal Community Services. Work with ECS began as a collaborative project with ECS, Drexel University students and two Drexel univeristy faculty member to evaluate ECS's services to the local Philadelphia Community.  The work evolved beyond the intial evaluation project and grew into an effort to work with ECS afterschool programs.

2002-2005    Principal Investigator, Online Mentoring Project An NSF funded project designed to establish an online mentoring system using the Math Forum’s Problem of the Week environment. Pre-service Math Teachers will gain skills in mentoring students in an asynchronous environment.  The project will assess the value of this form of mentoring for helping new teachers focus on how students learn to think mathematically.  The project will demonstrate ways the Internet and the online resources of the Math Forum can contribute to teaching pre-service teachers how to mentor students in mathematics.  NSF funded three-year project beginning February 1, 2002, Award Id: 0127516.

2004-2006    Ethnographer, The Concord Model Project, Project to study the collaborative care model of Dr. Paul Uhlig and his team at Concord Hospital and other related sites where collaborative care is used. The project seeks to learn lessons that collaborative care has to offer and then to seek designs for a Computer Supported Collaborative Work model that could be generalized to other settings.  Grant funded by Partners Healthcare , Boston, MA

2004-2006    Ethnographic Evaluator, MSPnet, a Research Evaluation and Technical Assistance (RETA) project of the NSF’s Math Science Partnership(MSP). MSPnet serves the MSP community with a website that offers an online presence for MSP project as well as allowing for community building across projects. Funded by the NSF’s Math Science Partnership program.

2002-2003    Principal Investigator, Social Activity in the Educational Digital Library: Community Tools and Resources for Learning.  This CILT funded pilot project is designed to create a profile of how technology supports teachers collaborating around digital library resources. While both digital libraries and online communities promise to impact education, the two have been inadequately linked. The project identifies three types of online sites along a continuum from sites that are primarily resource collections to sites that are primarily collaborative with a blended site of resources and interactions in between. We propose to identify common activity structures occurring in different site types by surveying a number of online community and digital library sites and by collecting data on three example sites: CILTKN (resource collection), TAPPED IN (collaborative) and the Math Forum (blended). A pre-conference workshop will be held at ICLS in order to elicit activity structures from other sites and hone measures for our three-site study. A catalog of user activity structures will be compiled from the research and posted on the CILT Design Principles database for other researchers to use and build on.

2002-2005    Evaluator, Math Tools.  This NSF project is creating a digital library of software tools for learning mathematics for all platforms—computer and handheld . The vision is to develop a learning community that will share resources and ideas for learning in a collaborative context.  This is a two year NSDL project for $800,000.

2000-Present    Ethnographic Research on Higher Education.  This work is part of an international collaboration between scholars in the United States, Canada, England, and other parts of Europe to look at the current set of globalizing pressures on higher education and the way these pressures affect participants in higher education, faculty, students and administrators.

1997-2001    Literacy Training and Service-Learning.  Through the Sociology of Education and Literacy coaching course I have developed an ongoing relationship with CORPP (Community Occupational Readiness Program and Placement) to use Drexel Students as tutors for the learners at CORPP who are trying to prepare for the GED or improve literacy skills for the workplace.  This course is a central part of the service learning program in the sociology major at Drexel.

1996-Pres.    Ethnographer, The Math Forum, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. The Math Forum has recently received three years of funding from NSF to continue the work of providing a forum for the development of an on-line community supporting teachers and students of mathematics.  The grant will support an evaluation team made up of an educational psychologist and an ethnographer.  My role is to map the virtual community and assess the ways the Math Forum has fostered the development of new kinds of social interaction and support.