William Cope

William Cope
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | UIUC · Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Website: http://newlearningonline.com

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August 2006 - October 2015
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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August 2006 - January 2016
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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  • Professor (Full)

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Technology has enabled new ways of meaning-making in the digital age, incidentally bringing with it inequities in education as a result of the differing access, resources, and experiences of students. These inequities may be rendered invisible if society and schools neither recognize, value nor set out to include in formal education the meaning-mak...
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Technology has enabled new ways of meaning-making in the digital age, incidentally bringing with it inequities in education as a result of the differing access, resources, and experiences of students. These inequities may be rendered invisible if society and schools neither recognize, value nor set out to include in formal education the meaning-mak...
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This chapter explores the connections between the bio and the digital in the construction of 'bioinformation' and 'biodigital convergence'. The site of examination of these connections is medical understandings of the body. Its focus is the notion of ontology in two, related senses, philosophical and technical. Philosophically, the chapter consider...
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This is the story of a handful of researchers and thinkers at the University of Illinois who created the world's first e-learning system, PLATO. It's a little story, because it was just a few workers of the mind who came up with some ingenious ideas. Eventually these ideas could be named as networked computing, the visual user-interface, and instan...
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Veterinary medical students need multiple thinking strategies, particularly critical thinking. We used a multimedia, peer review learning management system (CGScholar) to introduce a series of complex, realistic, case-based e-learning modules to help introduce critical thinking to 422 first-year veterinary students through instructor-designed clini...
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Universities and colleges have dragged their feet making the move to online teaching and learning. Suddenly, with this COVID-19 crisis, everyone had to move online. Few universities or colleges are prepared for such a rapid shift. Meanwhile, the conventional wisdom remains - the gold-standard for learning is traditional face-to-face, while online i...
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Translanguaging" is a concept that connects with older traditions of analysis in linguistics and practices in language pedagogy, while at the same time making some distinctions that justify the creation of a new word. In this chapter, we set out to extend the terms of this discussion by introducing another term, "transposition," a concept designed...
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Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to...
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Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality’, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to...
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Cambridge Core - Media, Mass Communication - Adding Sense - by Mary Kalantzis
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Over the past ten years, we have worked in a collaboration between educators and computer scientists at the University of Illinois to image futures for education in the context of what is loosely called “artificial intelligence.” Unhappy with the first generation of digital learning environments, our agenda has been to design alternatives and resea...
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Cambridge Core - Semantics and Pragmatics - Making Sense - by Bill Cope
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With the rise of social networking sites and the arrival of an open education era characterized by Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs, learning is undergoing a paradigm shift which requires new assessment strategies. The boundaries between what we know, how we know it and the ways we assess and evaluate knowledge in formal and informal settings are...
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These are times of unprecedented change in education. Digitally-mediated online education looms large as one of the most significant harbingers change. Potentially, for better or for worse, no classroom and no formal or informal learning process will be left unchanged. Immediately, this statement demands complication. On the one hand, online educat...
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Las alfabetizaciones múltiples: teoría y práctica es la primera obra en el mundo hispanohablante que ofrece una introducción exhaustiva de la pedagogía de las alfabetizaciones múltiples a través de un enfoque no solamente en la lectura y la escritura, sino también en otras modalidades que caracterizan la comunicación moderna. Incluye aspectos teóri...
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Η ελληνική έκδοση των Γραμματισμών: μια Παιδαγωγική Διαφοροποιημένου Σχεδιασμού και Πολυτροπικών Νοηματοδοτήσεωνπαραμένει μια ολοκληρωμένη εισαγωγή στην παιδαγωγική του γραμματισμού στο πλαίσιο του σύγχρονου περιβάλλοντος των νέων μέσων. Δεν εστιάζει μόνο στην ανάγνωση και στη γραφή, αλλά και σε άλλους κώδικες επικοινωνίας, όπως η προφορική, η οπτι...
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Automated assessment of complex assignments is crucial for scaling up learning of complex skills such as critical thinking. To address this challenge, one previous work has applied supervised machine learning to automate the assessment by learning from examples of graded assignments by humans. However, in the previous work, only simple lexical feat...
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p> In today’s increasingly fast-moving digital world, learners are immersed in multimodal online communication environments in their daily life, through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others. This requires educators to reflect the environment in which these learners live, and thus design instructional practices from a multimodal perspec...
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We have witnessed disruptive changes due to the extraordinary social and epistemic instability of the current moment. If, on one hand, this instability has made the access to academic papers on the internet much easier, on the other hand, it has provoked important changes in the journal article genre itself in the era of digital text—since many aut...
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As data reported by humans about our world, text data play a very important role in all data mining applications, yet how to develop a general text analysis system to support all text mining applications is a difficult challenge. In this position paper, we introduce SOFSAT, a new framework that can support set-like operators for semantic analysis o...
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The tremendous growth of technology innovations we witness every day has impacted every aspect in our life, and education is no exception. Among the notable changes that technology has brought to education is the ability to facilitate critical thinking skills in the classrooms in a much easier way than it was before. While there have been considera...
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Student performance over a course of an academic program can be significantly affected and positively influenced through a series of feedback processes by peers and tutors. Ideally, this feedback is structured and incremental, and as a consequence, data presents at large scale even in relatively small classes. In this paper, we investigate the effe...
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Online education has been going through numerous transformations as new and innovative technologies influence and shape new e-learning portals. Differentiated e-learning promises to add value and enhance the educational services provided by an academic institution. In this paper we present our online learning model that advocates and endorses diffe...
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In this discussion with educational researchers and New London Group conveners, Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis, we discuss the origins, life, and future of the New London Group‘s multiliteracies framework. We reflect on the initial goals the group had over 20 years ago for more equitable schooling opportunities, and what is yet to be done to reach th...
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This book explores a phenomenon we call "e-learning ecologies". We use this metaphor because a learning environment is in some senses like an ecosystem, consisting of the complex interaction of human, textual, discursive and spatial dynamics. These take a coherent, systemic form. Traditional classrooms, with their linear arrangement of seating and...
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Cambridge Core - Education, History, Theory - Literacies - by Mary Kalantzis
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Once writers complete a first draft, they are often encouraged to evaluate their writing and prioritize what to revise. Yet, this process can be both daunting and difficult. This study looks at how students used a semantic concept mapping tool to re-present the content and organization of their initial draft of an informational text. We examine the...
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The prospect of “big data” at once evokes optimistic views of an information-rich future and concerns about surveillance that adversely impacts our personal and private lives. This overview article explores the implications of big data in education, focusing by way of example on data generated by student writing. We have chosen writing because it p...
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This paper explores the complex and shifting dimensions of the social, cultural and bodily differences that impact on learners and their learning. Our theoretical argument proceeds in five stages. First, we build a typology of terms used to classify demographic differences for the purposes of designing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness...
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The term Multiliteracies refers to two major aspects of communication and representation today. The first is the variability of conventions of meaning in different cultural, social, or domain-specific situations. These differences are becoming ever-more significant to the ways in which people interact in a variety of social contexts. As a consequen...
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This chapter suggests that we might be entering a new phase of sociospatial development. In many respects, the shape of the emerging socioscape that we attempt to schematize in this chapter remains unclear. However, we want to focus on one possibility—that recent changes in the morphology of spaces and the dynamics of flows that in an earlier moder...
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This article sets out to explore a shift in the sources of evidence-of-learning in the era of networked computing. One of the key features of recent developments has been popularly characterized as ‘big data’. We begin by examining, in general terms, the frame of reference of contemporary debates on machine intelligence and the role of machines in...
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In this article, we argue that big data can offer new opportunities and roles for educational researchers. In the traditional model of evidence-gathering and interpretation in education, researchers are independent observers, who pre-emptively create instruments of measurement, and insert these into the educational process in specialized times and...
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After a brief history of the context and evolution of the idea of Multiliteracies, this chapter focuses on its pedagogy. Originally framed as Situated Practice, Overt Instruction, Critical Framing, and Transformed Practice, these four orientations were subsequently translated in the Learning by Design project into the ‘Knowledge Processes’ of Exper...
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In educational technology, the idea of innovation is usually tethered to contemporary technological inventions and emerging technologies. Yet, using long-known technologies in ways that are pedagogically or experientially new can reposition them as emerging educational technologies. In this study we explore how a subtle pivot in pedagogical thinkin...
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This chapter is an overview of the current state of scholarly journals, not (just) as an activity to be described in terms of its changing business processes but more fundamentally as the pivot point in a broader knowledge system that is itself in a process of transformation. After locating journals in what we characterize as a process of knowledge...