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Honors and Awards

College of Education Faculty Members Receive Design Award at AERA Conference in Philadelphia

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Torrey Trust and Robert Maloy
Torrey Trust and Robert Maloy

College of Education faculty members Torrey Trust and Robert W. Maloy, along with learning, media, and technology master’s program alum, Viacheslav Yurchenkov, received the 2024 Outstanding Design Case from the Design and Technology Special Interest Group (SIG) at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference held in Philadelphia earlier this month.

The award recognizes the writing and publishing of their open online eBook, “Building Democracy for All: Interactive Explorations of Government and Civic Life,” available through online free textbook and journal publisher edtechbooks.org.

First published in 2023 by Indiana University’s International Journal for Designs for Learning, the design case showcases the development of an interactive, student-centered, multimodal, multicultural open-access eBook that promotes civic learning among upper elementary, middle and high school students.

In their design case, Trust, Maloy and Yurchenkov highlight the steps they took to redesign a traditional print-based textbook into an open access, interactive, multicultural and multimodal learning format that can be used both for in-person and online classroom learning. “Building Democracy for All” has separate chapters that address each of the 50 eighth grade learning standards in the statewide Massachusetts history and science curriculum.

The book encourages students and teachers to investigate, uncover and engage civics and history content while utilizing eBook features including live links to key online resources, embedded video and audio materials, interactive glossary and search functions and more.