RESEARCH INTERESTS

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CURRENT PROJECTS

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PUBLICATIONS

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RESEARCH INTEREST

I'm a Learning Scientist

I am fascinated with how we can better use emerging technology to create large-scale improvements to education. I love that for the last five years I've had the opportunity to use my instructional design and learning science knowledge to examine how learning analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence could be used to measure and develop 21st Century Skills and make a positive impact.

My current research is focused specifically on how learning analytics, machine learning and educational data mining can be used in experiential learning programs designed to develop 21st Century Skills and prepare students for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

I've also been able to couple this research with my practice as a Learning Scientist at Practera. In this role, I get to help passionate educators embed technology into their experiential learning practice so that they can better support their students and in time open up access to experiential learning for more students.

My journey into learning science research and education technology did not follow a traditional path. I traversed outdoor education in China, humanitarian aid and development in Tanzania and higher education lecturing in Australia to name a few! But, throughout my travels, I was acutely aware that I was afforded these opportunities because of my access to quality education. I knew the next step in my journey was to use technology to increase access to quality education for everyONE. 

 

CURRENT RESEARCH QUESTIONS

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CAN TECHNOLOGY MEASURE HUMAN SKILLS AND MINDSETS?

Massachusetts Department of Secondary & Elementary Education

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DO VIRTUAL INTERNSHIPS OPEN UP ACCESS TO EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING FOR EVERYONE?

National Science Foundation

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CAN SUMMER JOBS CHANGE THE CAREER TRAJECTORY OF A YOUNG PERSONS LIFE?

City of Boston

 

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

USING TECHNOLOGY TO STRUCTURE AND SCAFFOLD REAL WORLD EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN DISTANCE EDUCATION

James N, Humez A & Laufenburg P. (2020). Technology to Scaffold Experiential Learning. TechTrends, 64, 636-645. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-020-00515-2

WHAT MAKES THE EDTECH ECOSYSTEM "DOWN UNDER" SO FERTILE?

VIRTUAL GEMBA ANALYTICS

Santos, F., Mello, A., & James, N. (2021). Virtual Gemba Analytics for Experiential Learning [conference poster]. Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK2021). Online.

BEST PRACTICES & INNOVATIVE MODELS FOR WORK-BASED LEARNING

Penczak, H. & James, N. (2021). Best practices & innovative models for work-based learning [conference presentation]. Illinois 60by25 Network Conference.

BRINGING WORK HOME: A FRAMEWORK FOR VIRTUAL WORK-BASED LEARNING

Penczak, H. & James, N. (2021). Bringing work home: A framework for virtual work-based learning.[Conference Presentation]. IACTE Annual Conference.

BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING USING TECHNOLOGY

James, N., Jona, K., Kebede, A., Kemp, N., & Miller, E. (2020b, October 16). Broadening participation in experiential learning using technology [Conference Presentation]. MCCC 26th Annual Technology and Learning Conference, Blue Bell, PA, United States. https://www.mc3.edu/for-the-community/personal-enrichment/technology-conference/conference-day-information

LEARNING ANALYTICS TO SUPPORT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

James N. Learning Analytics to Support Experiential Learning. Experiential Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, 3(3), 24 – 31.

LEARNING ANALYTICS TO SUPPORT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND 21ST CENTURY SKILL DEVELOPMENT

James N. Learning Analytics to support Experiential Learning and 21st Century Skill Development. National Society of Experiential Learning Conference 2020

THE IMPORTANCE OF METACOGNITIVE REGULATION IN WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING

Joksimovic, S, Marshall, R, Kovanovic, V, Ladjal, D, James, N & Pardo, A. (2020) The importance of metacognitive regulation for work integrated learning. Australian Cooperative Education Network Conference.

HELP STUDENTS LINK BUSINESS OUTCOMES TO THE SDG'S USING AN EXPERIENTIAL BUSINESS PROJECT

EXAMINING THE VALUE OF LEARNING ANALYTICS FOR SUPPORTING WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING.

James N, Kovanovic V, Marshall, R, Joksimovic, S, Pardo, A. (2018) Examining the value of learning analytics for supporting work-integrated learning. Australian Co-operative Education Network Conference.