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Earl Woodruff

Earl Woodruff
Associate Professor
Chair, Applied Psychology and Human Development

phone: (416) 978-1068
email: earl.woodruff@utoronto.ca  

Applied Psychology and Human Development
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Applied Cognitive Science
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
Institute for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology

Research Overview

Dr. Woodruff was appointed new Chair of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

His scholarship and teaching focus on computer supported learning environments and flexible modes of education; technology, play and gaming. His recent research interests have incorporated investigations into emotion and cognitive engagement. In this work, computerized real-time measurement of facial expressions is used to improve academic performance with higher levels of engagement through the real-time monitoring of student emotions-emotions directly linked to academic learning, classroom instruction, and achievement. He anticipates that this research will lead to greater understanding of engagement in learning, and provide a means to help students regulate their own learning, manage learning anxiety, and experience knowledge building as fun--factors likely to encourage them to stay in school, and lead to other results of significant value to education.

In applied practice, Dr. Woodruff is interested in initial education and the development of the teacher as a practitioner/researcher.

Teaching Overview

Dr. Woodruff's specialty course:

CTL1923S: a course designed to look at the role technology plays in the context of learning and knowledge-building.

Representative Publications

Woodruff, E., Nirula, L., (in press) Design Research in the Elementary School Classroom. In C. Howard, J. Boettcher, L. Justice and K. Schenk (editors) Encyclopedia of Online Learning and Technology Information Science Publishing.

Nason, R., & Woodruff, E. (2004). Online collaborative learning in mathematics: Some necessary innovations. In T. Roberts (Ed.), Online collaborative learning: Theory and practice (pp. 103-131). London: Infosci.

Fong, C., & Woodruff, E. (2003) Web-Based Video and Frame Theory in the Professional Development of Teachers: Some Implications for Distance Education. Distance Education 24(2), 195-211.

Andrews, G., Woodruff, E., MacKinnon, K., & Yoon, S. (2003). Introducing "thinking tags" to kindergarten children through a dental health simulation. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 19, 209-219.

Woodruff, E. (2002). CSCL communities in post-secondary education and cross-cultural settings. In T. Koschmann, R. Hall, & N. Miyake (Eds.), CSCL II: Carrying forward the conversation (pp. 157-168). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.


Research Grants and Contracts

- Investigator on Large Scale SSHRC NIE grant "Beyond Best Practice";
- Australian ARC grant on biological sustainability, and technological tools for understanding in mathematics education.