What We Do in the ALT Lab

Assess Educational Technologies

Is your technology evidence-based? We can work with you to design and carry out research on your educational technology and provide the connection with research that all good educational technologies need

Create Educational Technologies

Students in the ALT lab create education technologies based on research, then assess the efficacy and usability of those technologies.  Click here to learn more about the technologies we are extremely proud of

Provide Research Training

Are you an undergraduate, graduate or postdoc interested in performing research on educational technologies? Do you have either coding or research skills and a sincere interest in enhancing education?

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Our Philosophy

The central goal of our lab is to support the creation of effective and research-supported educational technologies that enhance learning We embrace a "two-level evidence-based" approach to the development of our technologies.

Each technology is first informed by educational research. Effective educational practices with a strong research base are first identified. We then ask whether we might be able to capture these practices within technologies that allow them to be used easily and in a resource friendly way, even at scale and even via online delivery. If we can envision such a technology we begin building it out.

Once a technology is usable we begin performing research directly on that technology, typically employing it in our very large Introduction to Psychology call at the University of Toronto Scarborough, an 1800 student class that employs blended delivery and makes heavy use of educational technologies. Our research allows us to evolve our technologies in a research informed manner to maximize their efficacy and use-ability.

Who we are?

Director:

Professor Steve Joordens
3M National Teaching Fellow (2015)
Coordinator of Pedagogical Development, UTSC

Associate Director:

Professor Dwayne E. Pare
Assistant Coordinator of Pedagogical Development, UTSC

Previous or Current PostDoctoral Students:
  • Lisa-Marie Collimore
  • Cho-Kin Tim Cheng
Previous or Current Graduate Students:
  • Robin Walker
  • Ainsley Lawson
Previous or Current Undergraduates:
  • Aakriti Kapoor
  • Ayaan Chaudry

Our Research

Due to copyright restrictions we cannot provide directly links to most of the research we publish in international peer-reviewed journals. However can share this report on work we did with the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario as an example of the research we do

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Our Technologies

Digital Labcoat

Digital Labcoat is a “science simulator” within which students practice critical steps of the scientific method – including hypothesis formation and testing, replication, and theorization – all in a fun context that enhances both scientific and numeric literacy

mTuner

mTuner is an online assessment tool that harnesses research on the Testing Effect to simultaneously strengthen the learning of accurate information while weakening misconceptions.  In addition it is implemented in a way maximizes academic integrity

peerScholar

peerScholar harnesses three powerful educational practices (peer-, self- and formative-assessment) to give students deep structured practice thinking critically and creatively, communicating (both expressively and receptively), and learning how their work compares to that of their peers

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Interested in Joining the Lab?

Building effective educational technologies is our passion. Many of us in the lab have children or grandchildren who are or will be entering our education system soon, and we want our work to have a positive impact on the way they learn. In fact, we care about all students and our hope is that our impact will be global and significant. In other words we take what we do very seriously.

If you feel as passionate about learning as we do, then please apply to work in the ALT lab. To do so, please send an e-mail with "Want to Join the ALT lab" as a subject that addresses each of the points below, and include as attachments you record of academic achievement and your curriculum vitae if you have one

  • The level of education you will be at during your time in the lab (undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, or visiting faculty)
  • A reference to some original research article related to educational technology, and your summary of it including what you liked or didn't like about it
  • Your current level of skill with respect to either development or research. What experience do you have? What courses have you taken?

Professor Steve Joordens

joordens@utsc.utoronto.ca
416-287-7469