Heather Leary

Professional Title
Research Associate
About Me (Bio)
Heather Leary is a Research Associate in the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her doctoral degree in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University in 2012. Heather’s research interests include problem-based learning, teacher professional learning, technology integration in K12 classrooms, digital libraries, open education, information synthesis, assessment and usability of machine learning algorithms for education, and formative assessment.
Brigham Young University (BYU)

The project will develop and research an innovative model for rural science teacher professional development via technology-mediated lesson study (TMLS). This approach supports translating professional learning into classroom practice by developing a technology-based, social support system among rural teachers.

University of Colorado Boulder

This project will develop and test a cyberlearning professional-development model that builds on the successful Curriculum Customization Service model implemented in Denver with EarthComm. The cyberlearning system is tested with the Project Based Inquiry Science (PBIS) curriculum - a proven comprehensive middle school science curriculum. The cyberlearning system is evaluated for scalability, affordability, flexibility, and effectiveness for changing teacher practice and student learning.