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Lowes, Susan
Adjunct Professor
Director, Research and Evaluation, Institute for Learning Technologies
Mathematics, Science & Technology
212-678-8198

Office:
548 GDodge

Office Hours:
By appointment; please email.

Educational Background

B.A. in History, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
M.Phil. in Anthropology, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

Technology and education.   Online teaching and learning. Geography learning.  Technology in developing countries.  Class, ethnicity, race, and gender.

Selected Publications

 Online Teaching and Learning

“Recent Research on Online Teaching and Learning: Implications for Practice,” panels organized for the 2007-2012 Virtual School Symposium of the North American Council for Online Learning.

Lowes, S., Hamilton, G., Hochstetler, V. & Paek, S. (2012). “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog: Training medical students to communicate through role-plays in Second Life.” Paper presented at AERA Symposium on the Affordances and Constraints of Virtual Worlds for Formal and Informal Learning, Vancouver 2012. 

Lowes, S. (2011). “Looking at Group Work in Asynchronous Online Courses.” Paper presented at the Virtual School Symposium of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Indianapolis, IN, November.

Lowes, S. (2010). “Beyond the Counts: Teacher Beliefs and Teaching Styles in Asynchronous Online Classrooms.” Paper presented at the Virtual School Symposium of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Phoenix, AZ, November.

Lowes, S. (2010). “The Teacher as Migrant: How Teaching Online Can Change Classroom Practice.”  Distance Learning (US Distance Learning Association publication), June 2010.

Lowes, S. (2009). “Developing a Framework for Looking at Group Work in Asynchronous Online Courses.” Paper presented at the Virtual School Symposium of the North American Council for Online Learning, Austin, TX, November.

Lowes, Susan. (2008). “Online Teaching and Classroom Change: The Trans-Classroom Teacher in the Age of the Internet.” Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 4 (3). http://innovateonline.info. (Research funded by the U.S. Department of Education to Learning Point Associates.)

Lowes, S. (2007). “Trends in Professional Development for K-12 Virtual Schools.” Chapter in C. Cavanaugh and R. Blomeyer, eds., What Works in K-12 Online Learning?  Washington, DC: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Lowes, S., Lin, P., and Wang, Y. (2007). “Studying the Effectiveness of the Discussion Forum in Online Professional Development Courses.” Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 6 (3).

STEM Education

Hotaling, L., Lowes, S., Stolkim, R. & Lin, P. (2012). “SENSE IT: Teaching STEM Principles to Middle and High School Students Through the Design, Construction and Deployment of Water Quality Sensors. Journal of Engineering Education, 101 (2).

 

McGrath, E.W., Lowes, S., McKay, M., Sayres, J., & Lin, P. (2012). “Robots Underwater! Learning Science, Engineering and 21st Century Skills: The Evolution of Curricula, Professional Development and Research in Formal and Informal Contexts.” In B. Barker, G. Nugent, N. Grandgenett, and V.I., Adamchuk, eds.,  Robotics in K-12 Education (Hershey, PA: IGI Global).

McGrath, E. W., Lowes, S. (2011). “Infusing Non-Traditional Engineering Projects into Traditional Classrooms: Where Do They Fit? How Are They Assessed?” Paper presented at the ASEE 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, July.

McGrath, E. W., Lowes, S. (2011). “Infusing Non-Traditional Engineering Projects into Traditional Classrooms: Where Do They Fit? How Are They Assessed?” Paper presented at the ASEE 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, July.

McGrath, E. W., Lowes, S., Jurado, C., Squires, A. (2011). “SE Capstone: A Pilot Study of 14 Universities to Explore Systems Engineering Learning and Career Interest through Department of Defense Problems.” Paper presented at the ASEE 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, July.

Hotaling, L., Stokim, R., Lowes, S. (2011). “Student-Created Water Quality Sensors.”Paper presented at the ASEE 2011 Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, July. (Best paper Honorable Mention.)

Macalalag, A.Z., Tirthali, D., McGrath, E., McKay, M., & Lowes, S. (2011). “Teacher Professional Development Programs in Grades 3-8: Promoting Teachers' and Students' Content Knowledge in Science and Engineering.” Paper Presented at the National Science Foundation's Mathematics and Science Partnerships Learning Network Conference, Washington, D.C.

Macalalag, A., Lowes, S., Guo, K., and McKay, M. (2010). “Teacher Professional Development in Grades 3-5: Fostering Teachers’ and Students’ Content Knowledge in Science and Engineering. Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Louisville, KY, June.

Macalalag, A.Z., Lowes, S., Guo, K., Tirthali, D., McKay., M., and McGrath, E. (2010). “Advancing Science and Engineering in Elementary Schools: Fostering Teachers’ Knowledge and Scientific Inquiry.” National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March.

McGrath, E., Lowes, S., Lin, P., Sayres, J. (2009). “Analysis of Middle- and High-School Students’ Learning of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Concepts Through an Lego Underwater Robotics Design Challenge.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June.

McGrath, E., Lowes, S., Lin, P., Sayres, J., Hotaling, L., Stolkin, R. (2008). “Build IT: Building Middle and High School Students’ Understanding of Engineering, Science and IT through Underwater Robotics.” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 2008-781. 

McKay, Mercedes, Lowes, Susan, and McGrath, Beth. (2006). “Do ‘Real World’ Learning Objects Make aDifference?” In C. Crawford et al. (eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2006, pp. 2975-2980. Chesapeake, VA: AACE, 2006.

Geography Education

Lowes, S. (2008). “Mapping the World: Freehand Mapping and Children’s Understanding of Geography Concepts.” Research on Geography Education, 10 (2). (Research funded by the National Geographic Education Fund.)

PROGRAM EVALUATION

Director, Evaluation and Research, Institute for Learning Technologies, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1999 - Present

Direct evaluations of, and research on, projects at the K-12, university, and community levels. Current and recent evaluations of projects funded by NSF include: ITEST, MSP, STEP, C-PATH, GK-12, CCLI, IGERT, REU, BPC, and outreach initiatives from the EMSI, MRSEC, NSEC, and Genomics centers at Columbia University. Current and recent evaluations of projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education include 21stCCLC, FIPSE, AEMDD, PT-3 and TICG. Current and recent evaluations also funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York City Dept. of Education, the New Jersey Dept. of Education, the International Baccalaureate Organization, the National Geographic Education Foundation, and other private foundations.

 

Consultant to U.S. Dept. of Education State Educational Technology Partnerships.

Serve on Technical Working Groups for U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Education Technology.


TEACHING

Teachers College, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor, 2010-present
Adjunct Associate Professor, 2004-2010
Adjunct Assistant Professor, 2002-2004
Hunter College School of Education, City University of New York
Adjunct Assistant Professor, 1997 - 2003

PROJECT ADMINISTRATION

Institute for Learning Technologies, Teachers College, Columbia University
Associate Director, 2004- present
Manager, Professional and Curriculum Development , 1999 - 2001
Assistant Director, Classroom Applications, 1996 - 1997

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