Cynthia Coburn Addresses Digital Media and Learning Conference

Cynthia Coburn Addresses Digital Media and Learning Conference

Cynthia Coburn

Digital media can enhance the way children learn, and professor Cynthia Coburn is interested in spreading innovative practices and programs for youth. She will address hundreds of specialists in learning and digital media at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Boston on March 7.

The MacArthur Foundation supports work on digital media and learning through this annual conference organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the University of California Humanities Research Institute in Irvine. The conference gathers scholars and practitioners in the field of digital learning from around the world for an interdisciplinary dialog to connect theory and practice.

Coburn’s topic as a plenary speaker is “Approaches to Scaling.” She will present an overview of a scaling framework as a lens for understanding the specific scaling strategies of panel participants. Coburn will discuss commonalities and differences among their approaches with a focus on the implications for the types of work they seek to support.

Coburn is an expert in the area of approaches to “scaling up” — spreading effective projects, programs and practices and widening their use so that more young people can benefit. Her special area of interest is determining how social networks and social policy can support the spread and scale of innovative learning approaches.

The 2014 Digital Media and Learning conference is chaired by Nichole Pinkard (PhD98), a graduate of the SESP Learning Sciences doctoral program and the founder of Digital Youth Network and Remix Learning. Pinkard’s organizations work to ensure digital literacy as an important tool for today’s youth.

Coburn is a professor at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. In her research at SESP, Coburn studies the relationship between instructional policy and teachers' classroom practices in urban schools. To date, Coburn has investigated this issue in a series of studies that tackle critical issues facing public schools: the relationship between reading policy and teachers' classroom practice, the scale-up of innovative mathematics curricula, data use at the district level, and the relationship between research and practice for school improvement.

In 2011, Coburn was awarded the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association in recognition of her contributions to the field of educational research in the first decade of her career. Coburn has a BA in philosophy from Oberlin College, and a MA in sociology and a PhD in education from Stanford University.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/6/14