Erin Walker


Associate Professor




Projects


Social Dialogue and Entrainment in a Teachable Robot


How should a robot speak in order to socially engage learners? In this project, students explain equation solving problems to a robot. The robot listens to the students and responds by asking questions and stating comments about the problems, all while...


EMBRACE: Enhanced Moved by Reading to Accelerate Comprehension in English


How can we improve the English reading comprehension of native Spanish speakers in primary school? We combine theories of embodied education, bilingual instruction, and personalized learning to develop EMBRACE, an iPad application for English language ...


Designing the Postdigital Textbook


Given current advances in learning technologies, how can we improve digital textbook design? We are engaging in several parallel activities to develop a set of design principles for digital textbooks, including a review of learning theories as they app...


Facilitating Large-Scale Creativity


How can large groups of people realize their full creative potential during ideation sessions? This project uses the latest developments in crowdsourcing, information visualization, and data mining in order to facilitate synchronous, large-scale, onlin...


Robo-Tangible Activities for Geometry


How does teaching a robot influence student knowledge and motivation? Middle school students give Quinn, an autonomous Lego Mindstorms robot with an iPod Touch face, instructions on how to solve coordinate geometry problems. Quinn follows their instruc...