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The MARWiSE workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, takes place May 7-­8, 2015 at Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Development of a wide range of new technologies to support students’ learning of reading and writing skills in science subjects, and creation of a large, active community of researchers to address the many dimensions of this agenda, seems eminently feasible today. Relevant research exists in many fields, including learning design for science education, the psychology of reading and writing, and natural language processing. The MARWiSE workshop brings together practitioners and researchers from these diverse fields to exchange ideas and results, to foster collaborations across disciplines, and to create a framework for continuing activities in this arena, such as workshops or summits. Given the repeated refrain from various councils on education and from leaders in the workforce that many students graduate with less than ideal verbal skills, juxtaposed against the powerful role that good communication skills can play in lifelong learning, the benefits of technology that can help students acquire these skills inside and outside the classroom are sure to be profound.

Teaching in the Library
Teaching in the Library by Enokson, on Flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0