Simon Fraser University
Dr. Alyssa Wise
Associate Professor

Educational Technology & Learning Design

My research focuses on the design and use of online learning environments. Coming from a constructivist perspective on learning, I am interested in the tensions (and overlap) between current “consumer” and “community” models of learning. In my work I have looked at how online environments can use roles and reference point objects to support learners from different locations and contexts in having conversations that lead to deep knowledge building. In addition within the realm of “community” models I am particularly intrigued by the interplay and interdependency between a group’s collective negotiation and development of ideas and individuals’ personal trajectories of understanding over time. My most current project is focused on exploring different ways to analyze and promote productive “listening” behaviors between learners in online conversations. To address this issue we have been working on the design of new learning environments and learning analytics to support discussion processes.

Email: alyssa_wise@sfu.ca

2007 Ph.D., Learning Sciences Indiana University
2004 M.S., Instructional Systems Technology Indiana University
1999 B.S., Chemistry Yale University

Selected Publications

Wise, A. F., Speer, J., Marbouti, F. & Hsiao, Y. (2013). Broadening the notion of participation in online discussions: Examining patterns in learners’ online listening behaviors. Instructional Science. 41(2), 323-343.

Antle, A. N. & Wise, A. F. (2013). Getting down to details: Using learning theory to inform tangibles design for children. Interacting with Computers, 25(1), 1-20.

Wise, A. F., Zhao, Y., Hausknecht, S. & Chiu, M. M. (2013). Temporal considerations in analyzing and designing for online discussions in education: Examining duration, sequence, pace and salience. In E. Barbera & P. Reimann (Eds.) Assessment and evaluation of time factors in online teaching and learning (pp. 198-231). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Idea Group Incorporated.

Phipps, L., Wise, A. F. & Amundsen, C. (2012). The university in transition: Reconsidering faculty roles and expertise in a web 2.0 world. In T. Takseva (Ed.) Social software and the evolution of user expertise: Future trends in knowledge creation and dissemination (pp. 93-111). Hershey, Pennsylvania: Idea Group Incorporated.

Wise, A. F., Marbouti, F., Hsiao, Y. & Hausknecht, S. (2012). A survey of factors contributing to learners’ “listening” behaviors in asynchronous discussions. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 47(4), 461-480.

Padmanabhan, P. & Wise, A. F. (2012). Exploring situational factors shaping access in a laptop program for socially-disadvantaged children in India: A case study. Educational Media International, 49(2), 81-95.

Wise, A. F., Perera, N., Hsiao, Y., Speer, J. & Marbouti, F. (2012). Microanalytic case studies of individual participation patterns in an asynchronous online discussion in an undergraduate blended course. Internet and Higher Education, 15(2), 108–117.

Wise, A. F., Saghafian, M. & Padmanabhan, P. (2012). Towards more precise design guidance: Specifying and testing the functions of assigned student roles in online discussions. Educational Technology Research and Development, 60(1), 55-82.

Wise, A. F. (2011). Supporting future faculty in developing their teaching practices: An exploration of communication networks among graduate teaching assistants. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 23(2), 135-149.

Wise, A. F., & Chiu, M. M. (2011). Analyzing temporal patterns of knowledge construction in a role-based online discussion. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. 6(3), 445-470.

Wise, A. F., Saghafian, M. & Padmanabhan, P. (2011) Towards more precise design guidance: Specifying and testing the functions of assigned student roles in online discussions. Advance online publication. Educational Technology Research and Development. DOI 10.1007/s11423-011-9212-7.

Wise, A. F., Padmanabhan, P. & Duffy, T.M. (2009) Connecting online learners with diverse local practices: The design of effective common reference points for conversation. Distance Education, 30(30), 317-338.

Wise, A. F. & O’Neill, D.K. (2009). Beyond “more” versus “less”: A reframing of the debate on instructional guidance. In S. Tobias, & T. M. Duffy (Eds.) Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure? New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

Wise, A. F., Orrill, C., Duffy, T. M., del Valle, R. & Kirkley, J. (2009). When a peer group isn’t needed: Effective online learning in an individual mentoring model. In L. Moller (Ed.) Learning and Instructional Technologies for the 21st Century: Visions of the Future. (pp. 95-118). New York: Springer.

Wise, A.F., & Padmanabhan, P. (2009). Developing structural-temporal visualizations of asynchronous threaded online learning conversations. In the Proceedings of the E-Learn Conference 2009—World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, BC.

Wise, A., Schank, P., Stanford, T. & Horsma. G. (2009). The science behind nanosunscreens The Science Teacher, 76(6), 46-51.

Wise, A. F. & Duffy, T.M. (2008). A framework for conversation design to support the mutual development of tacit & explicit knowledge. In R. Luppicini (Ed.) The Handbook of Conversation Design for Instructional Applications (pp. 185-201). Idea Group Incorporated: Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Robinson, J.M.,Wise, A. Duffy, & T.M. (2008) Authentic design and collaboration: An opportunity for learning technology design teams in the post secondary context. In C. Digiano, S. Goldman and M. Chorost (Eds.) New Designers, New Technology, New Learning: Guiding and Inspiring Creators of Innovative Educational Tools (pp. 80-100).Lawrence Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ.

Duffy, T.M., Kirkley, J.R., del Valle, R. Malopinsky, L., Scholten, C. Neely, G. Wise, A.F. & Chang, J., (2006) Online Teacher Professional Development: A Learning Architecture. In Chris Dede (Ed.) Online Professional Development for Teachers: Emerging Models and Methods. Harvard Education Press: Cambridge, MA.

Schank, P., & Wise, A. (2006). Introducing high school students to nanoscale science. Forum on Education of the American Physical Society, Summer 2006 Newsletter.

Wise, A.F., Chang, J., Duffy, T.M., del Valle, R. (2004). The Effects of Teacher Social Presence on Student Satisfaction, Engagement, and Learning. Journal of Educational Computing Research 31(3), 247-271.

Research and Development Projects

  • Pedagogical Applications of Learning Analytics
  • Understanding and Designing “Listening” Interaction in Online Learning Conversations
  • New Online Models for Teacher Professional Development (completed)
  • NanoSense: The Basic Sense behind Nanoscience (completed)
  • Combating Child Labor through Education (completed)
  • FASES: Faculty Strategies for Engaging Students (completed)
  • Learning to Teach with Technology Studio (completed)
  • Online MBA Study Project (completed)

Selected Public Presentations/Conferences

Marbouti, F. & Wise, A. F. (2013, June). Using a graphical interface to address new post bias in online discussion forums. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Madison, Wisconsin.

Wise, A.F., Hausknecht, S. & Zhao, Y. (2013, June). Relationships between listening and speaking in online discussions: An empirical investigation. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Madison, Wisconsin.

Wise, A. F., Zhao; Y. & Hausknecht, S. N. (2013, July). Learning analytics for online discussions:  A pedagogical model for intervention with embedded and extracted analytics. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. Leuven, Belgium.

Wise, A. F., Hsiao, Y. T., Marbouti, F. & Zhao, Y. (2012, July). Tracing ideas and participation in an asynchronous online discussion across individual and group levels over time. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Sydney, Australia.

Wise, A .F., Hsiao, Y. T., Marbouti, F., Speer, J. & Perera, N. (2012, July). Initial validation of “listening” behavior typologies for online discussions using microanalytic case studies.Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Sydney, Australia.

Wise, A. F., Marbouti, F. Speer, J., & Hsiao,Y. T., (2011, July). Towards an Understanding of “Listening” in Online Discussions: A Cluster Analysis of Learners’ Interaction Patterns. Paper presented at the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2011.

Wise, A. F., Speer, J., Hsiao,Y. T., & Marbouti, F. (2011, July). Factors Contributing to Learners’ Online Listening Behaviors in Online and Blended Courses. Paper presented at the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2011.

Wise, A.F. & Chiu, M. M. (2011, April). The Power of a Synthesizer Role in Online Discussion Forums: Encouraging Midway Summaries Drives the Knowledge Construction Process. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, April 2011, New Orleans, LA

Wise, A. F., Hsiao,Y. T., Marbouti, F. & Speer, J. (2011, April). Exploring the Variety Of Student Interaction Styles in Online Discussion Forums: Case Studies of Thorough, Self-Monitoring and Independent Patterns of Behavior. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, April 2011, New Orleans, LA

Wise, A. F. (2009, December). Studying Temporal Patterns of Knowledge Construction in Asynchronous Online Discussions. Paper presented at the STELLAR Research Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning Alpine Rendezvous 2009. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Wise, A.F., Saghafian, M. & Padmanabhan, P. (2009, October). Comparing the Functions of Different Assigned Student Roles in Online Conversations. Paper presented at the E-Learn Conference 2009—World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, BC

Wise, A.F., & Marples, J. (2009, October). Designing Learning Spaces in Physical and Virtual Settings. Invited presentation for the British Columbia Educational Technology Users Group Fall 2009 Workshop, Vancouver BC.

Wise, A.F., Padmanabhan, P. & Duffy, T. M. (2009, June). Connecting Online Learners with Diverse Local Practices: The Design of Effective Common Reference Points for Conversation. Poster presented at the International Conference on Computer Supported Learning 2009, Rhodes, Greece.

Xin, M. C., Glass, G., Wise, A., Bures, E., Feenberg, A., Abrami, P., et al. (2009, May). Bridging Past and Present: Advancing Intellectual Engagement in Online Discussion through Web Annotation. Poster presented at the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education Annual Conference. May, 2009. Ottawa, ON.

Wise, A. F., & Padmanabhan, P. (2009, April). Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Visualizing the Structural and Temporal Dimensions of Asynchronous Threaded Online Learning Conversations. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, April 2009, San Diego, CA.

Wise, A.F. & Duffy, T.M. (2007, April). Building Knowledge through Online Conversations: A Theoretical Framework With Design Implications. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April, 2007, Chicago, Illinois.

Duffy, T.M., Kirkley, J. Wise, A. & Orrill, C. (2006, June). Design Strategies for Online Professional Development: Design Processes and Issues of Collaboration, Community, and Access. Paper presented at the First Research Symposium of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, June 2006, Bloomington, IN.

Wise, A.F. (2006, April) Associate Instructor Teaching Communication Networks: Exchanges of Knowledge, Resources, and Social Support. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, April 2006, San Francisco, CA.

Schank, P., & Wise, A. (2006, April). NanoSense: Introducing High School Students to Nanoscale Science. Poster presented at the NSF Instructional Materials Development Conference, Washington, DC.

Wise, A. Rosenquist, A. Stanford, T. & Schank, P. (2006, April). The Many Challenges of Designing and Teaching Nanoscience. Roundtable presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, April 2006, San Francisco, CA.

Wise, A.F., Chang, J., Duffy, T.M. & del Valle, R (2005, April). The Role of Mentoring in Online Learning Environments: The Importance of Social Presence. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April, 2005, Montreal, Canada.

Wise, A.F. (2005, April). Should I Go to School Today? Attitudes Towards School of Child Labourers in the Dominican Republic. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April, 2005, Montreal, Canada.

Wise, A.F. (2005, March). The Differences in Articulated and Realized Values of Schooling for Rural Dominican Child Labourers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative International Education Society, March, 2005, Palo Alto, CA.

Liu, X., Lee. S. H., Bonk, C. J., Magjuka, R., Kim, K., J., Liu, S., Zhai, M., Su, B., Shi, S., Wise, A.F., & Doo, M. (2004, November). Online Facilitation in Online MBA Courses. Paper presented at the E-Learn Conference 2004—World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Washington, DC.

Wise, A.F., Chang, J., Duffy, T.M. & del Valle, R. (2004, October). Online Mentoring: The Role of Social Presence in Influencing Learning Outcomes. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, October, 2004, Chicago, IL.

Wise, A.F., Chang, J., Kim, N., Lee, S. & Duffy, T.M. (2004, October). Creating Rich Problem Representations for Learners in Online Problem-Centered Courses: An Application of Flash Animation. Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, October, 2004, Chicago, IL.

Wise, A.F., Chang, J., Duffy, T.M. & del Valle, R. (2004, June). The Effects of Teacher Social Presence on Student Satisfaction, Engagement, and Learning. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, June 2004, Santa Monica, CA.

Wise, A.F. & Lee, S. (2004, March). Implementing Problem-Solving and Inquiry in Mathematics and Science. Presented at the Ohio SchoolNet State Technology Conference, March, 2004. Columbus, OH.

Leadership, Faculty Service, Community Service

  • 2013- present CSCL Committee Member,  International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • 2013- present Associate Editor, Journal for Learning Analytics
  • 2012-present  Executive Committee Member, Society for Learning Analytics Research
  • 2012-present Editorial Board Member, Journal of Research on Technology in Education
  • 2005-present Consulting Editor, Educational Technology Research & Development
  • 2008-2012: Coordinator, SFU Educational Technology Master’s Program Institute
  • 2009-2011 Program Coordinator, SFU Educational Technology Master’s Program
  • 2009-2010 Consulting Editor, Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning
  • 2008-2009 Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nano Education
  • 2008-2009: Committee Member, SFU Surrey-Burnaby Campus Integration Committee

Research Grants

Understanding and Designing “Listening” Interactions in Online Learning Conversations (2009-2012)

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: $123,000

Learning through Group Interactions with Technology (2007-2010)

  • President’s Research Start up Grant (PRSG), SFU: $30,000

Combating Child Labor through Education in the Dominican Republic (2006)

  • Indiana University International Enhancement Grant: $3,000

Awards, Honours, Scholarships, Fellowships

  • 2013: CSCL Conference Best Paper Award Nomination
  • 2012: HICSS Conference Best Paper Award Nomination
  • 2009: E-Learn Conference Outstanding Paper Award
  • 2007-2008: SFU Endowed Research Fellowship
  • 2007: IU Counseling & Educational Psychology Outstanding Dissertation Award
  • 2006: Frieda Alice Renfro Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2004: Beechler Academic Fellowship
  • 2002-2006: Indiana University Chancellor’s Fellowship

Selected Teaching & Professional Positions

  • 2013-present: Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
  • 2007-2013: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
  • 2002-2007: Research Assistant, Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Indiana University (USA)
  • 2000-2002: Physics & Computer Teacher, Academia Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
  • 1999-2000: Physics Teacher, Escola Graduada (Brazil)

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 358 Foundations of Educational Technology
  • EDUC 484Q Reconceptualizing Scientific Misconceptions
  • EDUC 811 Fieldwork I (Capstone for MEd in Educational Practice)
  • EDUC 864 Research Designs in Education
  • EDUC 893 Organizational and Social Aspects of Learning Technology Design
  • EDUC 894 Methods for Research and Inquiry in Learning Technologies
  • EDUC 932 Learner-Centered Design

Graduate Student Supervision

Nishan Perera (PhD, in progress)

James Rout (PhD, in progress)

Miwako Wantanabe (PhD, in progress)

Chris Jeschelnik (PhD, in progress)

Jovita Vytasek (PhD, in progress)

Amanda Willis (MA, in progress)

Ying-Ting Hsiao (MA, 2012)

Farshid Mabouti (MA, 2012)

Michelle Chu (MA, 2010)

Poornima Padmanabhan (MA, 2009)

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December 15, 2013
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