VL Innovator Grant Winner

Ralph Vacca, a doctoral student and dolce lab member won a grant as part of the VL Innovator’s Challenge sponsored by VotoLatino, MacArthur Foundation, HASTAC, and Google. The grant is to fund a project called MiMente that aims to help adolescent Latinas improve their mental and emotional health through a mobile platform.

Best student paper award at AERA 2014

Gabriela Richard, former doctoral student and dolcelab member (now postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania), won the best student paper award for a paper submitted derived from her dissertation research, which Chris Hoadley advised on. The paper was titled, Fostering equitable digital identities for inclusive 21st century learning: Exploring identity, agency and informal learning in game culture and online environments, and was awarded in the Joint Learning Sciences and Advanced Technologies for Learning SIG of AERA. Gabriela and Chris were at the Business Meeting on Sat, April 5 to receive the award (pictured here).

AERA_SIGSTL_AwardPaper Abstract:

Culture and experience have strong implications for school learning. The new digital divide is a complex mix of access, experience and resulting efficacy, which is often grounded in social experiences as well as economic inequalities. The study is informed by social identity theory and stereotype threat research, which underscore the importance of social identities, group affiliation and social context in the way individuals invest in and perform in fields and domains. This paper explores the impact of socio-cultural experiences on informal learning in game culture and with digital games, as well as how differences in efficacy and identity can potentially impact equitable 21st century learning.

dolcelab at AERA 2014

We’re so excited for the upcoming American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting taking place this year in lovely Philadelphia. The theme this year is “The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy.” Check out the official meeting page, which also includes an online program.

There’s going to be a lot of dolcelab activity this year! Here’s a run-down of our presentations and posters. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fri, April 4
8:15 to 9:45am, Convention Center, 200 Level, Hall E
Poster Session 3
Poster: “‘Both R&D and Retail’: Hive NYC Learning Network as Infrastructure for Learning Innovation,” Rafi Santo (Indiana University), Dixie Ching (dolcelab, NYU)
10:35am to 12:05pm, Marriott, Fifth Level, Grand Ballroom H
Symposium: Pathways, Trajectories, Ecologies, Oh My! Bridging Theories and Methods for Studying Youth Learning Lives
Presentation: “Codesigning Opportunity: Researching and Creating Youth Pathways in a Regional Learning Network,” Dixie Ching (dolcelab, NYU), Rafi Santo (Indiana University), Christopher Hoadley (dolcelab, NYU), Kylie Peppler (Indiana University)
4:05 to 6:05 p.m.  Convention Center, 400 Level, Terrace II
Invited Poster Session: Excellence in Education Research: Early-Career Scholars and Their Work
Presentation: “Learning to Make Environmental Decisions in the Bhutan Himalayas,” Sameer Honwad (dolcelab, NYU)
Sun, April 6
4:05 to 5:35pm, Marriott, Fourth Level, Franklin 6
Symposium: Space and Technologies for Learning in Schools, Museums, and Workplaces: Recent Approaches in Design-Based Research
Presentation: “Designing Academic Technology-Rich Spaces to Facilitate Cross-Departmental Interactions,” Christopher Hoadley (dolcelab, NYU), Matt Lucas (dolcelab, NYU)
Mon, April 7
12:25 to 1:55pm, Marriott, Fourth Level, Franklin 13
Symposium: Learning in the Making: Studying, Understanding, and Designing Makerspaces
Chris Hoadley (dolcelab, NYU), Discussant [substituting for Kylie Peppler]
2:15 to 3:45pm, Convention Center, Terrace Level, Terrace IV
Roundtable Session 30: PCs in the Himalayas and iPads on the Reservation: Impact of Technology on Learning Within Cultures
Paper: “Indigenous Design of Appropriate Hardware Platforms for Learning in Nepal,” Sameer Honwad (dolcelab, NYU)
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Hoadley featured in report on the digital school

kearny report graphicATKearny recently released an “Issues and Insights” report on The Digital School, featuring an interview with Chris Hoadley.

“No amount of automation can substitute for the personal relationships that often drive learning. If the goal is to make sure that all children have all the important knowledge at their fingertips, we can do that pretty easily. If the goal is to inspire them to actually learn and hold them accountable, then relationships matter a lot more than content. This is an old argument—going back to SMART boards, and VCRs before that, and filmstrips and radios before that. The hardware is merely a platform for the software and the media, which are resources for classroom activities. These activities have to come from somewhere. That’s why the human element must be well aligned with the technological.”


Hoadley begins appointment at US National Science Foundation

Christopher Hoadley  joins the US National Science Foundation as a program director in the Education and Human Resources Directorate, Division of Research and Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, and in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Directorate, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems on December 2, 2013. Hoadley retains his faculty position at NYU and will be “on loan” to NSF, appointed under the intergovernmental personnel act (IPA) and will help implement the gold standard merit review process and influence new directions for NSF in cyberlearning and informal STEM learning in funding programs such as Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies, STEM-C, and Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST). Hoadley has designed and built educational technology programs and researched the connections between technology and learning and learning for more than three decades. He has published extensively and made presentations around the world on rethinking learning, evidence-based learning solutions, and digital education.

New MAGNET Center Ribbon Cutting


dolcelab was featured at the new Media and Games Network (MAGNET) ribbon cutting ceremony on October 9th.

image (3)Povost and Chief Academic Officer David W. McLaughlin (right) made a special visit to the lab to view projects on display with Chris Hoadley.  dolcelab displayed slides of several of their recent research endeavors and demos of their projects and designs.

Chris, as part of the MAGNET design and coordination team, was part of the ribbon cutting, along with NYU Deans, NYU President Sexton, NYU Provost McLaughlin and local politicians (pictures featured below).

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dolcelab Moves to Brooklyn


We’re all very excited about the new lab space. Here we are at our weekly meeting making plans and discussing our research. Good stuff! In the picture (From left: Chris, Dixie, Sameer, Matt).


Chris Hoadley and Dixie Ching partner with Indiana University on Hive Research Lab project

Chris Hoadley and Dixie Ching have received a grant to study the Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network, in collaboration with Dr. Kylie Peppler and Rafi Santo at Indiana University. The Hive Research Lab will serve as the applied research partner to the network of 56 afterschool providers known collectively as Hive NYC, with the goal of helping the network members achieve a more coherent experience for youth participants and a stronger community of practice for the educational organizations associated with the network.

We couldn’t be more excited to work with our esteemed colleagues at IU! Please stay tuned for more updates, or follow our activities on the HRL blog and via Twitter (@HiveResearchLab).

Other links: NYU Press Release, IU Press Release

Hoadley in online webinar for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Hoadley presents with learning designers from Pearson today in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s webinar series on LX Design: Using Evidence to Ignite Learner ExperienceThe event explores how evidence and research can be used to inform design practices for learner experience design in online environments.


Gabriela and Chris talk on Gender and Games

Gabriela Richard and Chris Hoadley presented a paper titled, “Investigating a Supportive Online Gaming Community as a Means of Reducing Stereotype Threat Vulnerability Across Gender” at the Games+Learning+Society conference in Madison Wisconsin. The study showed how harassment and negative treatment in gaming culture might lead to pushing women, girls, and other minorities out of games, and how equity-supportive gaming clans may provide a protective effect.