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Roland Hubscher Awarded Two Collaborative NSF Grants

October 19, 2004

Roland Hübscher, assistant professor of Information Design and Corporate Communication at Bentley College, was recently awarded two collaborative grants from the National Science Foundation.

A $1.9 million IERI (Interagency Education Research Initiative) grant is a five-year collaboration between Bentley, University of Wisconsin, University of Connecticut and Kansas State University. The project is a large-scale implementation of earlier research by Hubscher and his co-investigators to better understand how middle school science students integrate conceptual learning from informational electronic text with hands-on activities and learning. Hubscher will develop the software that will be used to explore and analyze the enormous amounts of data that will be collected in Connecticut and Wisconsin classrooms from approximatey 500 students. One goal of the research is to better understand the relationships between the students' navigation patterns when studying text on the web and their actual learning.

A second, $435,000 NSDL (National Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education Digital Library) grant is a three-year collaboration between Bentley and the University of Wisconsin, with the goal of providing teachers a better mechanism for finding information within digital libraries. The project is an extension of CoMPASS, a hypermedia system that allows students to explore questions and follow their own paths within electronic resources by navigating the content using textual hyperlinks as well as a dynamic concept map. The new system, CoMAPSS-DL, will be one of the first systems using the vast resources of digital libraries that actually has proven educational benefits.


A computer scientist by training, Hubscher is a specialist in intelligent user interfaces, focusing on adaptive hypermedia which borrow methods from artificial intelligence to make computers adjust to users' needs. He holds a BS from the Engineering College Brugg-Windisch, Switzerland; an MS from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; and a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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