Publications

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Selected Papers and Presentations

Bishara, S., Baltes, J., Hamid, T., Li, T., Nacu, D., Martin, C.K., Gemmell, J. MacArthur, C., Raicu, D., & Pinkard, N. (2017) Revealing Interaction Patterns Among Youth in an Online Social Learning Network Using Markov Chain Principles. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.

Dillahunt, T., Israni, A. , Erete, S., Galusca, R., Nacu, D., Sengers, P. (2017) Reflections on Design Methods for Underserved Communities. CSCW '17: Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion Proceedings. Workshop site

Nacu, D., Martin, C.K., Pinkard, N. (2017). An Interface Design Approach to Encouraging Online Contributions among Underrepresented Youth. In Y. A. Rankin and J. O. Thomas (Eds.), Moving Students of Color from Consumers to Producers of Technology. (pp. 174-196). Hershey PA: IGI Global.

Martin, C.K., Nacu, D., & Pinkard, N. (2016). Revealing Opportunities for 21st Century Learning: An Approach to Interpreting User Trace Log Data. Special issue of Journal of Learning Analytics on Learning Analytics for 21st Century Competencies 3(2): 37-87.

Hamid, T., Nacu, D., Li, T., Raicu, D.R., Gemmell, J., Martin, C.K., Pinkard, N. (2016). Recommender System to Support Brokering of Youth Learning Opportunities. International Workshop on Educational Recommender Systems (EdRecSys): in International Conference of Web Intelligence 2016.

Nacu, D., Martin, C.K., Pinkard, N. and Sandherr, J. (2015). Encouraging Online Contributions in Underrepresented Populations. RESPECT (Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology) conference, Charlotte, NC, August 13-14, 2015.

Nacu, D.C, Martin, C.K., Nichole Pinkard & Tené Gray (2014): Analyzing educators’ online interactions: a framework of online learning support roles, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI:10.1080/17439884.2015.975722

Nacu, D., Martin, C.K., Pinkard, N. and Sandherr, J. (2015). Encouraging Online Contributions in Underrepresented Populations. RESPECT (Research in Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology) conference, Charlotte, NC, August 13-14, 2015.

Nacu, D.C, Martin, C.K., Nichole Pinkard & Tené Gray (2014): Analyzing educators’ online interactions: a framework of online learning support roles, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI:10.1080/17439884.2015.975722

Sandherr, J., Roberson, A., Martin, C.K., Nacu, D., Acholonu, U. (2014). Distributed Mentorship: Increasing and Diversifying Youth Access to Learning Networks. Panel at the 6th annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, Boston, MA, March 7 – 9, 2014.

Nacu, D., Pinkard, N., Martin C., & Gray, T. (2013) Educator roles that support students in online environments. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning in June 2013. PDF

Parker, J., Arya, D., Stornaiuolo, A., Pinkard, N., Nacu, D., Reilly, E. (2013, March) Social Networks as Educational Spaces: Exploring Youth Opportunities for Connected Learning. Presentation at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, Chicago, IL.

Nacu, D., Pinkard, N, Schmidt, R., Larson, K. (2012, March) Remixing iRemix: Data Visualizations to Understand Learning and Development in Online Social Learning Networks. Presentation at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, San Francisco, CA. PDF

Austin, K., Ehrlich, S. B., Puckett, C. & Singleton, J. with Susan E. Sporte, Penny Bender Sebring, Denise Nacu, and Eric Brown. (2011). YOUmedia Chicago: Digital Literacy for Teens at the Library, A Snapshot of Year One. Consortium on Chicago School Research. PDF

Shapiro, R. B., Gomez L. M, & Nacu, D. C. (2008). SPACE: Online tools for supporting formative instruction. In Proceedings of the 8th international conference on International Conference for the Learning Sciences (pp. 125-127). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences. PDF

Nacu, D. Walker, L., Pinkard, N., Whitcomb, J., Beardsley, S., Austin, K. (2007, April). Case Study of ePortfolio: Design Activity to Build an Instructional Core for Evidence-based Practice. Paper presented at the symposium “Reshaping Schools toward Evidence-Based Cultures: Learning through Design” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. PDF

Nacu, D. C. and Pinkard, N. (2006, April). Developing a Framework for the Design of Tools and Visualizations to Support Evidence-Based Practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. Paper | Poster

Nacu, D.C. (2004). Fostering reflection and social support in design critiques. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. PDF

Joseph, D. & Nacu, D. C. (2003). Designing interesting learning environments when the medium isn’t enough. Convergence 9(2): 84-115. PDF

Conanan, D. (2001, April). Considering Aspects of Social Context in the Design of Online Learning Environments to Support Critique: A Study of Studio Zone. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA. PDF