This section of my portfolio provides an overview of, and links to, resources on my research interests.
[Paper 1]
[Paper 2]

Some PIHnet RG Members

1. Design of tools to promote reflection and collaboration
Hur, J. W., Tan, A., Brush, T., Saye, J., & Chen, L. (2005). Redesigning the Persistent Issues in History Network (PIHnet) online forum and journal to promote interaction and reflection. Tech Trends, 49(6), 63-68.
This article describes and explains the design and development of a collaborative tool and a reflective tool for the Persistent Issues in History Network (PIHnet). Researchers and instructional designers relied on survey and interview data as well as their knowledge on current online tools to create discussion forum and journal tools. These tools, their critical functions, and design rationales are described in the article.
The PIHnet team consists of about 10 individuals who provide various highly customized online tools and resources for PIHnet participants. These participants include social studies and history teachers, teacher educators, and researchers.
This article describes and explains the evolution of two of the PIHnet tools that were developed to promote collaboration and reflection. As co-author, my goal was to let readers know the rationales behind the design of the journal and why a tool for teacher reflection was important.
I co-authored this article with one other primary co-author, J.W. Hur. The other individuals mentioned were the principle investigators and a computer programmer. While my co-author focused on the online forum tool, I wrote about the online journal that I had designed for PIHnet. I also edited the entire article for precision and coherency.

The research conducted prior to publishing this paper included collecting and analyzing survey and interview data of ten PIHnet participants. This was done to determine the needs of the participants and to make improvements to the online tools.

In designing the journal tool, I had to compare the affordances of various blog tools determine how to incorporate the most critical features in the PIHnet journal.

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