Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Professor Running works to motivate students inside and outside of the classroom to make a positive difference in the world. Prof. Running's technical scholarship is focused on hypersonic aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics with complementary interests in novel experimental surface-measurement techniques and facility design. These research endeavors seek to deliver answers to fundamental questions facing the hypersonic community and will lead to increased national security, space exploration and a revolutionized commercial-flight industry providing flights from LA to Tokyo in under 2 hours. Prof. Running is also active in pedagogical educational research, where he investigates predictive learning analytics and dynamic driven admissions criteria to better serve underprepared and underserved students.
Xiaojing Duan is the learning platform & analytics architect at the Office of Information Technologies, University of Notre Dame. Her primary responsibilities include building a learning record warehouse to collect data and analyzing the data to gain insights for the enhancement of teaching and learning experience.
G. Alex Ambrose serves as Director of Learning Research and is the founder of the Research & Assessment for Learning (ReAL) Design Lab at the University of Notre Dame Learning's Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. He holds the rank of Full Professor of the Practice with concurrent appointments in the Education, Schooling, & Society and Computing & Digital Technologies Departments. In addition, he is a faculty fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. In both his research and his teaching, Alex works to advance his mission: to fight for and create the conditions necessary for the liberation of learning and the alleviation of unnecessary anxiety and harm in education, for both students and faculty. Alex envisions his role as that of a learning experience architect, pioneering more inclusive and authentic assessment through technology. His current research focuses on applied learning research, design, and evaluation, including learning analytics, flexible learning spaces, digital portfolios and badges. Alex's work has been published in a range of academic and technology-based journals and has earned him the 2015 Campus Technology Innovator Award as well as recognition by Google, IBM, USAID, and the Bill and Melinda Gates and National Science Foundations. He regularly serves as an international learning ambassador, educational developer, consultant, and evaluator for grants, programs, and universities in South America, North America, the Far East, Europe, and the Middle East.
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