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ISU Researchers Discuss ThinkSpace at EDUCAUSE Meeting

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Pete Boysen of IT Services and Craig Ogilvie, Professor of Physics, held a poster session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) annual meeting on February 15 in Washington D. C. The theme of this year‘s meeting, "Educating in the Open: Philosophies, Innovations, and Stories" was to explore ideas such as open textbooks, open curriculum, open research, and open resources. The session focused on ThinkSpace, an open-source, instructional and collaborative website designed to provide real-world problems and environments to students. ThinkSpace can be used to present complex problems to students, which are completed through a series of intermediate tasks. By receiving automated feedback on their work, students will be able to track their progress as they work to solve the problems. ThinkSpace also has an eDoc component for electronic portfolios, which helps students organize, track, and evaluate their performance as well as document their competencies in the different areas of their field of study. Boysen has been developing ThinkSpace over the last two-and-a-half years with the help of a number of faculty members at ISU as well as other institutions. Ogilvie is the lead faculty member for the project. The ThinkSpace project was initiated with a grant from the Computational Advisory Committee (CAC), and has since received funding from NSF and the USDA.

For more information about ThinkSpace, see http://www.cio.iastate.edu/horizon/2010-12-02-thinkspace/.

Professors and instructors interested in using ThinkSpace should contact Pete Boysen or CELT.