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Education Through Exploration: Reimagining Learning in a Digital Age

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Emerging digital learning environments enable inquiry-driven and active learning at scale. The sophistication of interactivity, adapativity, and assessments continues to improve, driven by a combination of technological innovation and learning sciences research. This convergence creates new possibilities, but demands new approaches to the design of learning experiences. We are developing a new model of digital learning design that we call “education through exploration” (ETX) that aims to inspire curiosity and to promote higher order thinking skills, in addition to content mastery. Students solve problems and actively discover relationships, supported by an intelligent tutoring system which provides immediate feedback and scaffolds scientific thinking and methods. This talk will describe the ETX model, provide implementation examples, and evidence of effectiveness.


Ariel Anbar

Professor, Arizona State University
Ariel Anbar is a science and education innovator exploring Earth’s past and future as an inhabited world, and the prospects for life beyond. He directs ASU’s Center for Education Through Exploration, which is reinventing digital learning around curiosity, exploration, and discovery. In 2017 Anbar was named one of 10 “teaching innovators” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. A graduate of Harvard and Caltech, Anbar is a President’s Professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and School of Molecular Sciences.