Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2006
Dr. Weusijana is a learning scientist researching and
developing advanced technologies for informal and formal learning.
His academic interests include Web 2.0 educational software, multi-user virtual environments for learning and research, social and mobile computing, computer supported collaborative learning, effective teaching strategies for web-based tutoring software, authoring tools, homeschooling, Socratic tutoring, distance education, making educational software engaging and interactive, supports for educators, STEM education, computer modeling of traditional African social environments, metacognitive reflection, and educational access.
Dr. Weusijana is a member of the interdisciplinary Learning Sciences field that draws upon multiple theoretical perspectives and research fields (chiefly Cognitive Science, Education, Computer Science, and Social-Cultural Sciences) in order to understand the complexities associated with learning, cognition, context, and development.
Ph.D., Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2006
MS, Engineering (Client/Server Computing with Distributed Objects), San Josť State University, 1999
BS, Computer Science (Minor in African Studies via University of Zimbabwe), San Josť State University, 1997
BS, Mathematics, Dillard University, 1992
AS, Computer Science, Foothill College, 1990
|SmartGraphs: Helping students learn about graphs and the concepts they convey by using digital objects that “know” about themselves and provide reflective scaffolding.|
Geniverse: A collaborative Web-based game environment where students explore heredity and genetics by breeding and studying virtual dragons.
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry Scale Up (ITSI-SU): Assisting teachers in preparing diverse student populations for careers in IT by engaging them in exciting inquiry-based science projects that use computational models and real-time data acquisition.
Weusijana, B. K. (June, 2011). BDD: Behavior Driven Development: Agile Testing and Collaboration, Educoder, Canada. Presentation
Weusijana, B. K. (March 24, 2011). How to Breed Your Dragon: Learning Genetics with Educational Software, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention, St. Louis, MO. Presentation
Weusijana, B. K. (March 24, 2011). Understanding Other People's Graphs: Learning with the SmartGraphs Educational Software, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention, St. Louis, MO. Presentation
Weusijana, B. K., & Fetter, A. (April 3, 2010) Virtual Math Teams: An Interactive Demo of a Free Tool for Learning Math, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) National Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. http://mathforum.org/workshops/nsbe2010
Weusijana, B. K. A. (2009). Using Virtual Environments for Teaching and Learning Research: Two LIFE SLC Projects. Retrieved November 5, 2009, from http://echo360.ischool.drexel.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/87c9798d-53a4-417a-82a6-6626234ce721 [Video and Slides]
Stahl, G., «akir, M. P., Weimar, S., Weusijana, B. K., & Ou, J. X. (2010). Enhancing mathematical communication for virtual math teams. Acta Didactica Napocensia, 5. http://GerryStahl.net/pub/adn2010.pdf.
Weusijana, B., V. Svihla, D. Gawel, & J. Bransford. 2009. MUVEs and Experiential Learning: Some Examples. Innovate 5 (5). http://www.edutek.net/Kofi/MUVEs_and_Experiential_Learning-Some_Examples.pdf (accessed November 11, 2011)
Weusijana, B. K. A., Kumar, R., & Rosť, C. P. (2008). MultiTalker: Building Conversational Agents in Second Life using Basilica. Paper presented at the Second Life Education Community Convention, Purple Strand: Educational Tools and Products, Tampa, FL. http://www.edutek.net/Kofi/WeusijanaKumarRose2008.pdf (accessed September 21, 2009)
Weusijana, B. K. A., Gawel, D. J., Svihla, V., & Bransford, J. D. (2007, 08/25/07). Learning about Adaptive Expertise in a Multi-User Virtual Environment. Paper presented at the Second Life Community Convention, Education Track, Chicago, IL. http://www.edutek.net/Kofi/WeusijanaSvihlaGawelBransford-slccedu07.pdf (accessed December 24, 2008).
Gawel, Drue, Baba Kofi A. Weusijana, John Bransford, Nancy Vye (April 9, 2007) Knowledge through interaction versus description, American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2007 Annual Meeting, Session on Adaptive Expertise: Its Development and the Role of Transfer, Chicago, IL
Mead, P. F., Stephens, R., Richey, M., Bransford, J. D., & Weusijana, B. K. A. (2007, April). A Test of Leadership: Charting Engineering Education for 2020 and Beyond. Paper presented at the 48th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Weusijana, Baba Kofi A. (2006). A Socratic ASK System: Helping
Educators Provide a Web-Based Socratic Tutor for Learners.
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/fullcit/3238417
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Riesbeck, Christopher K., Lin Qiu, Baba Kofi Weusijana, Joseph T. Walsh, Matthew Parsek (July/August 2003) Learning Technologies to Foster Critical Reasoning: Focusing on Challenge-Based Learning Activities That Are Effective for Long-Term Learning, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, New York, NY. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=1237502
Weusijana, Baba Kofi A., Christopher K. Riesbeck, Joseph T. Walsh, Jr. (June 26, 2002) The SASK Mentor Project: Using Software and Socratic Methods to Foster Reflective Thought in a Learning Environment, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Ed-Media 2002 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Full Papers--Systems & Resources, Denver, CO , 2048-2053. http://dl.aace.org/10515Dr. Weusijana's 2010 public security key.
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