Marilyn Ault

Professional Title
Research Scientist
About Me (Bio)
Marilyn Ault, PhD, is the Director of ALTEC, a Division of KU-CRL and has directed research and technical assistance projects with federal, state, and private foundation support focusing on the integration of technology into instruction since 1995. As Director of ALTEC she is responsible for the development and dissemination of the many resources found at that are used by millions of teachers. She has also directed inservice projects focusing on the instructional integration of technology in elementary, middle and high school classes. Recently she has directed initiatives that support the integration of games into instruction and has conducted research on student game preferences. She holds a PhD in Special Education from the University of Kansas and is particularly interested in how the emotional attachment of games can engage youth to participate in challenging academic tasks.
University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (KUCR)

This exploratory proposal is researching and developing professional learning activities to help high school teachers use available and emerging social media to teach scientific argumentation. The project responds to the growing emphasis on scientific argumentation in new standards.

University of Kansas (KU)

This project develops a series of interactive on-line games and investigates the effect these games have on increasing middle school science students' and teachers' knowledge and skills of scientific argumentation. There are four areas of argumentation addressed by the games: (1) understanding a claim, (2) judging the evidence about a claim based on type and quality (objectivity, reliability or validity), (3) analyzing the reasoning applied to the claim, and (4) evaluating the claim.