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Research Spotlight: Dongho Kim

Q & A with Dongho Kim, Assistant Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

My research has been situated at the intersection of educational technology, learning science, and learning analytics. I have sought to enhance teaching and learning in a variety of technology-enhanced learning environments through data-driven research. Thanks to great advances in educational technology, it is increasingly important to leverage various types of educational data for supporting educators and students in a pedagogically appropriate way. My research has focused on leveraging multimodal data analytics for the design, development, and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning environments that support learners with diverse needs. For example, one of my projects focuses on developing a personalized learning environment based on students’ online learning patterns and their learning progress over time.

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IES Summer Proposal Submissions

Faculty in the COE are submitting 12 proposals to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) this month. To accommodate all submissions, the OER has requested that PIs schedule an appointment time with Brian Lane to ensure each proposal is finalized and uploaded successfully before the deadline. If you have not already done so, please contact Brian Lane to confirm a date.

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IES Posts Additional FY 2020 Research Funding Webinars

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has posted a series of on-demand webinars for those interested in Fiscal Year 2020 funding opportunities and learning more about IES. These pre-recorded webinars are hosted by the National Center for Education Research and the National Center for Special Education Research. You can access them on the IES Webinar Series website.

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Office of Research Guidance on Foreign Activity Disclosure Requirements

DATE: August 5, 2019

To:  All UF Faculty

From: David P. Norton, Vice President for Research

Subject: Office of Research Guidance on Foreign Activity Disclosure Requirements

The University of Florida is deeply committed to and strongly encourages international research, collaboration, and scholarship.  Our UF faculty, staff, and graduate students come from all parts of the globe, interact with researchers and scholars located in over 100 countries, and are key to the success of our institution in its multifaceted mission.

As you know, UF faculty must fully disclose any outside activities with, or support received from, foreign entities, including universities. Regulations in this area are evolving, and there is a heightened expectation for disclosure. U.S. federal agencies that support university research have repeatedly expressed concerns to the university community over undisclosed agreements between individual agency-supported investigators and foreign institutions.   Many of the potential difficulties center around agreements that individual faculty execute with foreign entities, the terms and conditions of which may put the individual in conflict with their obligations to UF as faculty members, and to the U.S. federal agencies that fund their research.

Our goal is to make this process as easy and efficient as possible. In an effort to assist UF faculty in meeting these requirements, the Office of Research has created a website (https://research.ufl.edu/foreign-activities-disclosure.html ) that guides faculty through the requirements.  The website will be updated as additional information is provided by the federal agencies.

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Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies Related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components

The intent of this notice is to remind the extramural community about the need to report foreign activities through documentation of other support, foreign components, and financial conflict of interest to prevent scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has long required full transparency for all research activities both domestic and foreign and does not consider these clarifications to be changes in policy.

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NSF Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Research Protection

The director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter discussing the issues of research protection. Research is put at risk when another government endeavors to benefit from the global research ecosystem without upholding the values of openness, transparency, and reciprocal collaboration. The letter describes the initiatives under way to mitigate risk. NSF requests feedback to assist in ongoing development of solutions aimed at protecting research while continuing international collaborations.

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NIH Initiates Requirement for ORCID Identifier

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID IDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020.

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Awarded Projects for July 2019

Congratulations to Ester de Jong and Maria Coady for their award from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for July 2019

Best wishes to Frank “Chris” Curran, for his proposal to the National Academy of Education; Nicholas Gage, Ashley MacSuga-Gage, and Joni Splett for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; Nicholas Gage and Christopher Redding for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; Walter Leite, Paige Pullen, and Mary Rodgers for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Anne Corinne Manley for her subcontract proposal Spencer Foundation Flow Through from the University of Helsinki; Erica McCray and Hannah Mathews for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Education/OSERS; David Arnold, David Miller, Alina Glenn, Eric McLamore, Diane Rowland, and Ian Small for their subcontract proposal NSF Flow Through from Pennsylvania State University; Philip Poekert and Paige Pullen for their proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Patricia Snyder and Darbianne Shannon for their subcontract proposal U.S. Department of Education Flow Through from the University of Miami; and Joni Splett for her subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from the University of South Carolina.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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IES Announces FY 2020 Grant Competitions in Education and Special Education Research and Training

The National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released funding announcements for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) grant competitions. All application packages will be available July 11, 2019.

  • For all competitions except the Education Research and Development Centers (84.305C) competition, the application deadline is August 29, 2019. For the Education Research and Development Centers competition, the application deadline is September 26, 2019.
  • Pre-recorded webinars that describe the grant programs, application procedures, and grant writing procedures will be available in the coming weeks. Read more

NSF Designates SciENcv As an Approved Biographical Sketch Format

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an NSF-approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and is encouraging its use to prepare a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF.

Beginning with the next iteration of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG; anticipated effective date, January 2020), NSF will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. A description of NSF-approved format(s) will be posted on the NSF website when the PAPPG is issued. A draft version of the PAPPG was published in the Federal Register for public comment. The deadline for submission of comments is July 29, 2019.

Multiple training resources are available on the SviENcv website. The following resources may also be of assistance to proposers preparing a biographical sketch using the SciENcv format:

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NSF Email and Possible Impacts from Required Email Configuration

Please note that as long as you are following UF policy for using your @ufl.edu email address for UF business and NOT forwarding business emails outside of that email address, you will not encounter the following problem:

In October 2018, NSF implemented Domain-based Messaging and Reporting Compliance (DMARC), a series of email authentication and reporting checks to improve email fraud defenses. This Department of Homeland Security protocol may result in some recipients not receiving NSF email if their organization email is not configured to meet DMARC or if people are auto-forwarding email to another account. If you believe you are experiencing email delivery issues with NSF email, please contact your organization’s IT division.

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Explore xTRACT Before Its Required Use in FY 2020

Beginning with Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY 2020), recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants must use the Extramural Trainee Reporting and Career Tracking (xTRACT) system to create the required training tables for submission with NIH and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T15, T32, T90/R90, and TL1 progress reports.

xTRACT, a module within eRA Commons, is currently not mandatory for new and renewal applications for the specified types of training grants; however, it may be required in future years. Helpful resources are available on the eRA website. For more details on xTRACT required use and implementation, see the full Guide Notice.

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Awarded Projects for June 2019

Congratulations to Christy Gabbard for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Lynda Hayes for her award from the Florida Department of Education; Maya Israel and Christina Gardner-McCune for their award from the National Science Foundation; Maya Israel for her award from the National Science Foundation; Holly Lane and Sunshine Moss for their award from the Learning Disabilities Foundation of America; Anne Corinne Manley and Amber Benedict for their award from the U.S. Department of Education/IES; Philip Poekert for his award from the Helios Education Foundation; and Ross Van Boven for his award from the Florida Department of Education.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for June 2019

Best wishes to Chonika Coleman-King for her subcontract proposal NSF flow through from the University of Tennessee; Chonika Coleman-King for her subcontract proposal Knox County Schools flow through from the University of Tennessee; Ester de Jong, Mark Pacheco, and Timothy Vetere for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Dongho Kim and Bojan Lazarevic for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Angela Kohnen, Kara Dawson, and Jonathan Mundorf for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Philip Poekert for his proposal to Valley of the Sun United Way; Philip Poekert for his proposals to Richland County School District One; Philip Poekert for his proposal to Alachua County School Board; Christopher Redding for his proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Patricia Snyder and Brian Reichow for their subcontract proposal U.S. Department of Education flow through from the Florida Department of Health Children’s Medical Services; and Ross Van Boven for his proposal to the Florida Department of Education.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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