Instructional Technology Program Team Finalists in Highly Competitive Disney Learning Challenge - July 30th, 2010

Dr. Min Liu and a team of her students in the College of Education’s Instructional Technology Program were chosen as finalists in the national Siggraph 2010 Learning Challenge, which is sponsored by Disney.

Liu is a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin and is an Instructional Technology Program area coordinator and graduate advisor.

The Disney Learning Challenge is a highly competitive contest and was designed to encourage technology teams from the corporate world and higher education to develop ways of making students’ interactions with computers fun as well as educational.

According to Disney, the learning challenge aims to “harness the potential of digital technologies and children’s creativity to advance learning.” Contest entrants are tasked with developing learning widgets that effectively communicate key learning concepts to children from seven to 11.

“This is a very ‘serious’ game competition,” said Liu, “and we are so proud to be chosen. We’re extremely excited about this opportunity to present our work in Los Angeles when the judging takes place.”

Liu and her team developed a learning widget called Salamander Rescue for the competition. A learning widget is a layered activity that takes a student from little or no knowledge to active knowledge in one or more learning concepts.

In addition to finalists from businesses, Liu’s team is competing against teams from Stanford University, University of Toronto, University of Washington and Virginia Polytechnic.

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Last updated on July 30, 2010