My current interest is research in support of online teaching. My activities include data analysis, and the construction of systems that prototype advancements towards effective online learning activities. I work with large interaction logs of fine granularity actions that learners take during their study activities. These data include forum posts, video player manipulations, and homework submissions. Here are examples of questions students might pursue:
In addition to these focused individual projects, I would like a small team of students to construct a prototype that would allow a course in choreography to be taught to hundreds of geographically distributed learners.
All learners will operate their own robot simulation/animation environment for choreographing dances. Learners will animate the 'performers' within the environments to create dances. All environments will be interconnected so that learners and instructors can collaborate.
Course participants will be able to route all joint motion data among themselves, applying them to different performers in different scenes. Additionally we want to create visualizations that summarize all learner created dances. For example, we will experiment with projection of joint location frequencies onto motion planes, creating heat maps. These maps will serve both illustration, and the selection of example dances.
Or, listen to "Der Ewige Sturzbach (850KB)**", performed by I'lana Cotton. I composed this right after I learned about counterpoint. Thus another example of neo-convert enthusiasm: when all you have is counterpoint, everything looks like a cantus. The first theme is a tiny snippet from a work by Bach. Roughly translated, the title reads "The Eternal Tumbling Mountain Brook." The 'eternal' is for my taking an entire year to finish the piece. The 'brook' (in German 'Bach') is a tribute to the composer. 'Tumbling,' because I started with Bach and then went downhill. A big 'Thank you, ' though, to my composition teacher I'lana, who stemmed the downward slide. I imagine her teeth all worn out from the weekly secret grinding during our lesson.
** If your player cannot play the piece, try this larger, but fixed-bitrate version (1.5MB).
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