Dr. Hui Niu receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 06, 2017

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Education, Dr. Hui Niu is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Niu on her outstanding achievements.

For her dissertation, Pedagogical Efficacy of Argument Visualization Tools, Dr. Hui Niu developed a new online argumentation visualization tool which she calls the dialectical map. Students create dialectical maps by identifying and composing claims, evidence, and warrants and filling them in an online map. They then draw an integrated conclusion by evaluating arguments and counterarguments in a visually hierarchical structure.

After conducting empirical research, Dr. Niu found that the dialectical map boosted what learners remembered and comprehended from a text, and it increased the quality of writing about the topic in a post-test.

Read more about Dr. Hui Niu's work and further comments here.