At the nexus of learning and innovation

Polly Lai

Polly Lai is a research associate at the Learning, Cognitive, and Brain Sciences (LCBS) research group, and and Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI).

Polly's research investigates the value of using computational models (Agent-Based Models) to learn challenging concepts in nanoscience from embodied cognition perspective. Polly holds Master of Learning Sciences and Technology from The University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. She also has five years work experience with a semiconductor manufacturing company as an instructional designer developing online courses for engineering professional development

Contact information

Room: 246 Education Bldg A35

Email: kuan.lai@sydney.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9351 4107

Lab: Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation

Websites

Recent publications

Jacobson, M. J., Taylor, C., Richards, D., & Lai, P. K. (2013, April). Computational scientific inquiry with virtual worlds and agent-based models: new ways of “doing” science to learn science. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

 

Lai, P. K., & Jacobson, M. J. (2014, April). A new approach in integrating productive failure into engineering e-Learning curriculum design. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Portolese, A., Markauskaite, L., Lai, P. K., & Jacobson, M. J. (2015, April). Model-based learning with productive failure and analogical encoding: Unpacking learning dynamics with contrasting designs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

 

Lai, P. K., & Jacobson, M. J. (2015, August). The value of using agent-based models for learning about nanotechnology. Paper presented at the 16th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction Limassol, Cyprus.

 

Portolese, A., Markauskaite, L., Lai, P. K., & Jacobson, M. J. (2015, June). How collaborative successes and failures become productive: An exploration of emerging understanding and misunderstanding turning points in model-based learning with productive failure. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

Lai, P. K., Jacobson, M. J. & Markauskaite, L. (2016, April). Agent-based models versus video-based visualization to learn nanoscience concepts: An embodied cognition perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington D.C.