Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS)
Emerging from research collaborations started over 25 years ago, the TELS Community develops instructional programs including the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) that use educational technology to help students master complex scientific concepts.
Proven Learning Gains
WISE curricula have been tested in middle and high school classrooms for over two decades.
Research has shown that WISE units improve student learning of difficult standards-based science topics and that students continue to integrate their ideas and strengthen their understanding even after the units have been completed.
The WISE Community has operated many different funded research projects over the past 25+ years. Current projects include:
- Natural Language Processing Technologies to Inform Practices in Science (NLP-TIPS), which takes advantage of NLP methods for detecting student ideas to design adaptive guidance
- Anti-Racism Interactive Science Education (ARISE), which investigates how integrating anti-racist OERs with science curricula can promote equity and a commitment to oppose racism
- Supporting Teachers in Responsive Instruction for Developing Expertise in Science (STRIDES), which helps teachers design evidence-based responsive instruction