Founded in 2011, the Learning Transformation Research Group (LTRG) at Virginia Tech aims to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in K-12 curricula. LTRG consists of faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students from many disciplines.
|Osman Balci is Director of Mobile/Cloud Software Engineering Lab and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. His current areas of expertise center on iOS mobile software engineering, cloud software engineering, digital game-based learning, and modeling and simulation. Dr. Balci is interested in creating interactive visual simulations, educational games, and animations that run on mobile devices such as iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone as well as cloud software applications for the purpose of improving the effectiveness of learning STEM subjects in K-12 curricula.|
|Anderson Norton is Professor of Mathematics at Virginia Tech, where he teaches mathematics courses for future secondary school teachers. His research builds on Piaget's structuralism by building psychological models of students' mathematics, especially their fractions knowledge, algebraic reasoning, and conjecturing activity. Dr. Norton is interested in studying the mental actions necessary for meaningful mathematical engagement in various learning environments.|
Jay Wilkins is Professor of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. He teaches graduate-level mathematics and mathematics education courses for pre- and in-service teachers and advises masters and doctoral students in mathematics education. He is the Mathematics Education Program Leader and the K-8 Mathematics Specialist Program Leader. Wilkins' research interests include: understanding and measuring quantitative literacy, children's development of fraction concepts, mathematical beliefs and attitudes, and the teaching and learning of probability and statistics.