Publications

Book Chapters:

Simon, R., Acosta, A., & Houtman, E. (2013). “Memeration”: Exploring Academic Authorship in Online Spaces. In R. Ferdig, & K. Pytash (Eds.), Exploring Multimodal Composition and Digital Writing (pp. 54-68). Hershey, PA:  doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4345-1.ch004  Download PDF

MA Thesis:

Acosta, A.  (2013).  The role of epistemic cognition in complex collaborative inquiry curricula.  MA Thesis.  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto.  Download PDF

Peer-reviewed Proceedings:

Slotta, J.D. and Acosta, A.  (2017). Scripting and orchestrating learning communities: A role for learning analytics.  Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – Volume 1 (p. 343-350).  June 20-22. Philadelphia PA, USA. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.  Download PDF

Hod, Y., Charles, E.S., Acosta, A., Ben-Zvi, D., Chen, M-H., Choi, K., … Kapur, M.  (2016, June). Future Learning Spaces for Learning Communities: New Directions and Conceptual Frameworks. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences – Volume 2 (p. 1063-1070).  June 20-24.  Singapore. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. Download PDF

Cober, R., Acosta, A., Lui, M., Moher, T., Kuhn, A., Quintana, C., & Slotta, J.D.  (2015, June).  The use of visual evidence for planning and argumentation.  Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – Volume 2 (p. 548-551).  June 7-11.  Gothenburg, Sweden. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. Download PDF

Moher, T., Slotta, J.D., Acosta, A., Cober, R., Dasgupta, C., Fong, C., Gnoli, A., Silva, A., Lopez Silva, B., Perritano, A., & Peppler K.  (2015, June).  Knowledge construction in the instrumented classroom: Supporting student investigations of their physical learning environment.  Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – Volume 2 (p. 631-638).  June 7-11.  Gothenburg, Sweden. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. Download PDF

Zimmerman, T., Najafi, H., Acosta, A., Slotta, J.D., O’Hara, M., & Krauss, A.  (2015, June).  Pioneer Valley Citizen Science Collaboratory: A CSCL approach to designing citizen science projects.  Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – Volume 2 (p. 771-772).  June 7-11.  Gothenburg, Sweden. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc. Download PDF

Acosta, A., Lui, M. and Slotta, J.D.  (2014).  Exploring Group-Level Epistemic Cognitions within a Knowledge Community and Inquiry Curriculum for Secondary Science.  Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences – Volume 2 (p. 673-680).  June 23-37.  Boulder CO, USA. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.  Download PDF

Lui, M., Kuhn, A., Acosta, A., Niño-Soto, M., Quintana, C., and Slotta, J.D.  (2014).  Using mobile tools in immersive environments to support science inquiry.  CHI EA ’14: CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.  April 26-May 1.  Toronto, Canada. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. Download PDF

Lui, M., Kuhn, A., Acosta, A., Quintana, C., and Slotta, J.D.  (2014).  Supporting Learners in Collecting and Exploring Data from Immersive Simulations in Collective Inquiry.  CHI’14: Proceedings of the 2014 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.  April 26-May 1.  Toronto, Canada. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. Download PDF

Chen, B., Scardamalia, M., Acosta, A., Resendes, M., and Kici, D. (2013). Promisingness Judgments as Facilitators of Knowledge Building. Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – Volume 2 (pp. 231-232).  June 17-19. Madison WI, USA. International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.  Download PDF

Resendes, M., Chen, B., Acosta, A., and Scardamalia, M.  (2013).  The effect of formative feedback on vocabulary use and distribution of vocabulary knowledge in a grade two knowledge building class.  Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning – Volume 1 (pp. 391-398).  June 17-19. Madison, USA:  International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.  Download PDF

Peer-reviewed Presentations:

Acosta, A. and Slotta, J.D. (2017).  Intelligent group formation in knowledge communities. Poster presented at the 12th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL). September 12-15. Tallinn, Estonia. Download PDF

Acosta, A., Brooks, S. and Slotta, J.D. (2017). Orchestrational patterns within a knowledge community and inquiry approach to secondary physics.  Paper presented at the 2017 Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).  May 27-31. Toronto, Canada.

Slotta, J.D., Acosta, A., and Zimmerman, T. (2017). Social network scaffolds for a citizen science community. In O. Sagy (Chair), The ecology of citizen science: An opportunity for learning. Symposium conducted at the 2017 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. April 27–May 1. San Antonio, TX.

Acosta, A.  (2017).  The Design of Learning Analytics to Support a Knowledge Community and Inquiry Approach to Secondary Science.  Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge.  March 15-17. Vancouver, Canada. Society for Learning Analytics Research. Download PDF

Acosta, A., Fong, C., and Slotta, J.D.  (2016, April).  Using temporal analytics to track idea growth and obsolescence in a knowledge community and inquiry approach to elementary astronomy.  In B. Chen, A.F. Wise, S. Knight, and B. Haugan Cheng (Chairs), Putting Temporal Analytics into Practice: The 5th International Workshop on Temporality in Learning Data.  Workshop conducted at the 6th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge.  April 21-25, 2016.  Edinburgh, UK. Society for Learning Analytics Research.

Cober, R., Fong, C., Peebles, B., Acosta, A., and Slotta, J.D.  (2014).  Getting a Feel For It: A Hands-on Approach for Expressive Activities in Middle-school Astronomy.  Roundtable presentation at the American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting.  April 4-6.  Philadelphia, USA.  American Educational Research Association.

Acosta, A. and Slotta, J.D.  (2013).  Evaluating knowledge community curricula in secondary science using model-based design research.  Paper presented at the 17th Annual Knowledge Building Summer Institute.  August 6-9.  Puebla, Mexico: Knowledge Society Network.  Download PDF

Tissenbaum, M., Zukowski, M., Cober, R., Acosta, A., and Slotta, J.D.  (2013).  Rock, Paper, Awesome.  Student design challenge demonstration presented at the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction.  February 10-13.  Barcelona, Spain:  Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.  Watch Video

Acosta, A.  (2012).  Using serendipity to advance knowledge building activities.  Paper presented at the 16th Annual Knowledge Building Summer Institute.  August 7-11.  Toronto, Canada: Institute for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology.

Other Invited Presentations:

Tapscott, D., and Acosta, A.  (2014).  Rethinking Education for an Age of Networked Intelligence.  9th Annual Ontario Education Research Symposium.  February 18-20.  Toronto, Canada: Ontario Education Research Panel.

Simon, R. & Acosta, A. (2013, February) Academic writing in online spaces: Multimodal practices as forms of scholarly engagement. Presented at the 34th Ethnography in Education Research Forum.  February 22-23. Philadelphia, USA: University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Acosta, A., Chen, B., Resendes, M., Gachuhu, R., and Perreault, C.  (2012).  Knowledge Forum Rebuild.  Interactive session presented at the 16th Annual Knowledge Building Summer Institute.  August 7-11. Toronto, Canada: Institute for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology.

Invited Guest Lectures:

Acosta, A. (2017, March).  Invited guest lecture:  Design-based research.  CTL1041: Research Methods in Education, Isabelle Kim, Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Acosta, A. (2016, November). Invited guest lecture: Computer-supported collaborative learning and design-based research. CTL1016: Cooperative Learning Research and Practice, Isabelle Kim, Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Cober, R. and Acosta, A. (2014, December).  Invited guest lecture: Tangible technologies in the primary/junior classroom.  CTL7016: Integrating Technology, P/J Second Year Course, Heather Birch, Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Cober, R. and Acosta, A.  (2013, November).  Invited guest lecture: Intro to tangible technologies and soft circuits.  CTL1926: Knowledge, Media and Learning, Jim Slotta, Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Cober, R. and Acosta, A. (2013, March). Invited guest lecture: Tangible and embodied interactions design (Part 2).  CTL1926: Knowledge, Media and Learning, Jim Slotta, Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Cober, R. and Acosta, A. (2013, February). Invited guest lecture: Tangible and embodied interactions design (Part 1).  CTL1926: Knowledge, Media and Learning, Jim Slotta, Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Slotta, J.D., Acosta, A. and Lui, M.  (2013, April). Invited guest lecture: Technology for science education.  EDU1480Y: Science – Chemistry, Pre-service Curriculum & Instruction (Intermediate/Senior), Cheryl Ann Madeira, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Teacher Professional Development Workshops Designed and Facilitated:

Acosta, A.  (2016, February).  Current research in science and technology education (Designer, Instructor).  Tiferes Bais Yaakov High School. Toronto, Canada.

Acosta, A.  (2011).  Technology-enhanced learning: Building and maintaining a course website (Designer, Instructor).  William Lyon Mackenzie C.I., TDSB. February, 2011.  Toronto, Canada.