Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Students’ Project Places Third in Prestigious Competition

Hsiao-Ping Hsu, Wenting Ellen Zo, and Joan Hughes at the Reimagine Education Awards ceremony

Two graduate students in the Learning Technologies program of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Hsiao-Ping Hsu and Wenting Ellen Zou, and Associate Professor Joan Hughes in collaboration with two schools, teachers, and students in Taiwan, have placed third in the 2018 Reimagine Education Awards Competition, hosted by University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the Milken-Penn GSE IdeaFest.

The project, called The International Collaboration to Develop 21st Century Skills Education with Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, involved developing a digital literacy curriculum that teaches middle school students to create augmented reality technology. Hsu, Zou, and Hughes conducted research that showed five aspects of the students’ digital literacy skills improved significantly.

Reimagine Education is an international competition that garners more than 1,000 applications from educational innovators for their projects that aim to enhance student learning outcomes and reshape education in the future.