Yi-Fang Brook Wu
I am an Associate Professor and currently Chair of the Department of Informatics in Ying Wu College of Computing at New Jersey Institute of Technology. I received an M.S. in Information Resources Management in 1996 from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Information Science in 2001 from State University of New York at Albany. My current research interests include: text mining, information extraction, knowledge organization, information retrieval, and natural language processing.
The primary goal of meaningful learning is to deliver course content in innovative ways that allow students to learn and then apply. As a pedagogical strategy, Writing-to-Learn activities use writing to improve students’ understanding of course content. We are developing an enhanced “Write-and-Learn” framework to generate automated formative feedback through comparing the concept maps constructed from teaching materials and students’ writing assignments. Our work aims to 1) evaluate how effective the automated formative feedback is on the acquisition and development of conceptual knowledge, and 2) explore how such formative feedback can be utilized to scaffold and promote meaningful learning.