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In this weekly video blog, Dr. Rau is translating the lab's research into everyday language for teachers, parents, and students. To stay up to date, subscribe to the lab's youtube channel.

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23 - Image recognition to integrate physical models into educational technologies (1/29/2018)
In this video, I discuss how image recognition, a subfield of computer science, plays into our research on learning with visuals.

22 - Using machine learning to find out how to sequence visuals (1/22/2018)
In this video, I describe another way in which machine learning, a subfield of computer science, plays a role in my research on learning with visuals.

21 - Measuring intuitive knowledge about visuals (1/15/2018)
In this video, I explain how machine learning can help us understand how humans learn. I show an example from my research where we used this approach to assess students’ intuitive knowledge about visuals.

20 - Usability of educational technologies (1/8/2018)
Designing educational technologies requires attention to usability - making tools easy to use - but also to creating opportunities to learn - by making tasks appropriately difficult. In this video, I talk about design considerations that take the needs of students and teachers into account.

19 - Research in different educational contexts (12/18/2017)
In this video, I discuss how the question I’m interest affects what I measure and in which context I conduct studies.

18 - Involving students from multiple disciplines in my research (12/11/2017)
In this video, I am discussing how students from a variety of disciplines contribute to my research.

17 - New interactive visuals for Chem Tutor (12/04/2017)
In this video, I am honoring the work by my programmers Ying Zhang and Will Keesler by showing the interactive visualization tools for Lewis structures, wedge-dash structures, and ball-and-stick models they built for Chem Tutor.

16 - What is it that we don’t know about teaching and learning? (11/27/2017)
In this video, I am raising just some of my open questions about learning with visuals, which I hope to address in future work. What are your questions about learning with visuals?

15 - Which activities should students do individually or collaboratively? (11/20/2017)
Is collaboration always effective? In this video, I talk about some open questions about my (yet to be tested) hypothesis that explanation activities should be done collaboratively, but that intuition activities may best be done individually.

14 - Collaborative activities and flipped classrooms (11/13/2017)
In this video, I describe one of our studies, which shows that combining flipped classrooms with in-class collaboration support is more effective than traditional lecture-centric instruction.

13 - Helping students collaborate with visuals (11/06/2017)
Students often help each other understand visuals. In this video, I discuss how educational technologies can support student collaboration via adaptive collaboration scripts.

12 - Teachers matter! Students need their help to understand visuals (10/30/2017)
In this video, you'll learn about one of our studies that suggests that students heavily rely on help from their instructors when they make sense of visuals, even if they receive help from an educational technology.

11 - How to make technology-based activities that train intuitions about visuals (10/23/2017)
In this video, you'll learn to create technology-based activities that help students learn to intuitively translate among visuals. A write-up of step-by-step directions and template files that you can modify to fit your own needs can be found here

10 - How to help students train intuitions about multiple visuals (10/16/2017)
How can we help students train their intuitions about visuals? In this video, you'll learn about a type of problems that students get right only if they pay attention to visual features that carry important information.

9 - Technology-based activities that help students translate among visuals by explaining (10/09/2017)
In this video, you'll learn to create technology-based activities that help students translate among visuals by prompting them to explain. You’ll learn how to make activities with a dynamic interface, error-specific feedback, and a series of hints that give additional information if students need it. A write-up of step-by-step directions and template files that you can modify to fit your own needs can be found here.

8 - How to help students translate among visuals by explaining (10/02/2017)
How can we help students explain how to translate between different visuals? This video suggests prompting students to reflect on which visual features show important concepts. This can be done in classroom discussions, small-group discussions, or individual work.

7 - Technology based activities that help students understand visuals (09/25/2017)
Ever wanted to create your own technology-based activities? In this video, you'll learn how to create your own activities that help students understand how visuals show information. You’ll learn how to make activities with dynamic visuals, error-specific feedback, and a series of hints that give additional information if students need it. A write-up of step-by-step directions and template files that you can modify to fit your own needs can be found here.

6 - How to help students understand visuals (09/18/2017)
How can we help students understand how a given visual shows information? You can prompt students to reflect on which visual features show important concepts. This can be done in classroom discussions, small-group discussions, or individual work.

5 - Explaining by drawing (09/11/2017)
What are tangible strategies for helping students understand visuals that can be easily implemented in classrooms or used for studying? Drawing can help students learn from conventional visuals.

4 - From fractions to chemistry (09/04/2017)
Martina Rau talks about how she realized that visuals can confuse students and how that sparked her interest in research that supports students in learning with visuals.

3 - Order of explanation activities and intuition activities (08/28/2017)
Students need to learn to explain how visuals show information and they need to develop intuitions about what visuals show. In what order should they learn about explanations and intuitions? Our research shows the right order can make a difference of up to a full letter grade.

2 - Learning with visuals by explaining and by training intuitions (08/21/2017)
What skills do students need to learn with visuals? Our research suggests that we need to help students understand visuals by explaining and by training their intuitive knowledge.

1 - Learning with visuals - Translating research into everyday language (08/21/2017)
In this introduction to her Vlog on Learning with Visuals, Dr. Rau explains why she is looking for new ways to make her research accessible to non-scientists, such as teachers, parents, and students.