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Douglas KennedyDouglas Kennedy is a recipient of the Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. Mr. Kennedy is a Ph.D. student in the comparative and international development education (CIDE) track in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD).

Joan DejaeghereJoan DeJaeghere (associate professor) and Alex Liuzzi (CIDE Ph.D. student) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented on global institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to 8th graders at the Twin Cities German Immersion School, as part of their interdisciplinary study of globalization. Students engaged in discussions around the effects that these institutions have on people's daily lives, including an example of a project to improve education through information and communication technologies.

On January 20, 2014 Robin Sakamoto was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies for Kyorin University located on the Hachioji campus in Tokyo, Japan. She may be the first foreign woman to hold the post of dean in a highly respected Japanese university.

Dr. Tamara Moore of the STEM Education Center will be awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Moore will receive her award during a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., in the coming year.

Dr. Moore is currently the principal investigator of an 8 million dollar grant awarded by the National Science Foundation titled EngrTEAMS: Engineering to Transform the Education of Analysis, Measurement, and Science in a Team-Based Targeted Mathematics-Science Partnership. The grant is one of the many Dr. Moore has been awarded while at the STEM Education Center. To learn more about EngrTEAMS click here.

The Presidential Early Career Awards embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation's goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy.

"The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead," President Obama said. "We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America's global leadership for many years to come."

For more information about this award please read the official press release from the White House.

1nexted.JPGWhat if you could combine the reach and accessibility of a MOOC with an engaging user experience and online interface, a Facebook-like social network, meaningful interaction with an instructor who is more than a talking head, and authentic project-based learning?

That's what the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) plans to accomplish via an innovative new learning initiative called NextEd. In January, LTML will launch NextEd with a course titled Designing for Experiences: Principles to Technology Transformation. Led by Aaron Doering, Bonnie Westby-Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology and associated professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the course is targeted at anyone interested in learning to design and develop transformative technology-enhanced experiences for learners of any age. Course participants will explore multiple technologies and teaching strategies as they put into practice the principles they are learning.

"Transformative learning begins with transformative experiences," Doering said. "This online experience will guide and inspire teachers, corporate trainers, designers, and anyone interested in technology-enhanced learning to generate real change in online, hybrid, and mobile education."

The NextEd courses offer an innovative course registration model as well, allowing participants to choose their level of enrollment and what type of recognition they will receive for completing the course -- from a simple certificate of completion up through University of Minnesota graduate-level credit.

See more about NextEd and the Designing for Experiences course.

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has recently published an article in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education entitled "More Clever Than the Devil: Ujanja as Schooling Strategy in Tanzania." In addition, her 2009 book with colleague Lesley Bartlett, Critical Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan) has been re-issued in paperback and is now available through the publisher and on

Rosemarie ParkRosemarie Park, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was quoted in the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News article "Adult English language learners struggle against program's policy" by Emma Nelson.

Joan DejaeghereJoan DeJaeghere, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), gave an invited presentation at the Feminisms, Gender and Sexuality seminar series at the Institute of Education, University of London on November 22nd. Her presentation was titled "Negotiating Desire: Material Needs and Sexuality in a Girls' School in Tanzania" and is based on a research project she is conducting with Laura Willemsen (CIDE Ph.D. student) and Anna Kwayu, (University of Dar es Salaam).

Joan DejaeghereSeveral students, staff and faculty from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) recently conducted project evaluation and learning workshops in Tanzania with NGO partners for The Mastercard Foundation grant. The project is evaluating the long-term impact of entrepreneurship training programs on youth livelihoods and well being in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

David ChapmanDavid Chapman, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), was the guest of the Malaysian Ministry of Education to serve as a panelist and session Chair at the Global Higher Education Forum, an international conference held in Kuala Lumpur from December 4-6. While the conference attracted participants from 18 countries, Chapman was the only participant from the U.S.

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