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COE faculty to present at Friday’s Eagle Techxpo

On Friday, the University’s annual Eagle Techxpo will showcase the latest technology for the classroom, workplace, and home. Faculty members from the leadership, technology, and human development department are scheduled to conduct two presentations.

Assistant Professor Lucas Jensen, Ph.D., will present a workshop on the evolution of text-based adventure games and branching narratives with a focus on Twine, an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories on the web. Jensen will discuss his experience in utilizing this technology to create a learning experience for various audiences in settings including weekend workshops for children, evening classes at libraries, summer youth programs, and middle school classrooms. He has also included the use of Twine in his online courses and professional development opportunities for educators.

Jensen’s presentation is entitled “Creating Text Adventures, Branching Narratives, and Interactive Fiction Twine and will take place at 2 p.m. in room 2203 of the Information Technology Building.

Assistant Professors Mete Akcaoglu, Ph.D., and Eunbae Lee, Ph.D., will also be presenting on Friday. Their workshop will demonstrate to attendees the ongoing research and activities of the Innovation Studio, a space in the College of Education dedicated to serving educators, students, staff, youth, and local community members to foster a culture of innovation and provide experience with cutting technology. Akcaoglu and Eunbae will demonstrate the use of new tools such as littleBits, Sphero Robots, and Lego robotics and how this technology can support students’ skill development for STEM related activities.

Akcaoglu and Lee’s presentation is entitled “Innovation Studio at College of Education” and will take place at 2 p.m. in room 2205 in the Information Technology Building.

Eagle Techxpo is a free event and is open to all members of campus as well as the community. Door prizes will be given away at each presentation.



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