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Ana-Paula Correia, PhD

Associate Professor of Learning Technologies, Department of Educational Studies, The Ohio State University

Director of the Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE) The Ohio State University

Faculty Co-Coordinator for the Master of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Ana-Paula Correia is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. She holds a M.S and Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Correia has more than 25 years of experience in learning design and instructional systems technology. Specifically, Correia’s expertise lies in distance education, online and mobile learning, collaborative learning and entrepreneurial education have been published in over 30 peer-reviewed journals. Her work has been published in top-tier academic journals, such as Educational Technology Research & Development, Teachers College Record, British Journal of Educational Technology, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Computers in Human Behavior and Distance Education. Correia’s research was awarded for excellence several times by the Association for Educational Communication and Technology as well as the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. She has delivered innumerable presentations at local, national and international conferences.

Correia has been involved with research projects funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pappajohn Center/Kauffman Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and with the National Institutes of Health. She currently serves as the Chair for American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group in Online Teaching and Learning. Prior to that role, she was the Chair for Special Interest Group in Design and Technology. She was the President for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology Research and Theory Division between 2010 and 2013.

E-mail: correia.12@osu.edu
Website:  anapaulacorreia.com
Twitter: @correia65


Erin Clarke-Dorrell, MLS

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Recipient

Erin Clarke is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Clarke received her B.B.A. in Management Information Systems with a minor in English Literature at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2014. She then went on to earn a M.L.S. specializing in Digital Libraries at Indiana University-Bloomington.

 She has worked in academia since earning her masters as the director of the Lamar University Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Clarke’s work and educational background have led her to a commitment of providing undergraduate students with the resources they need to do research. This pledge has driven her to the Learning Technologies Program at The Ohio State where she hopes pursue how technology can be used to train budding researchers.

 Clarke’s current research interests include technology in librarianship, digital instruction, and emerging learning technologies.

E-mail: clarke.333@osu.edu
Twitter: @ekclarke18 


Sean Hickey, MA

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Sean Hickey is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Hickey received his B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University in 1998. After graduation, he worked as a curriculum developer and program director at the Center of Science and Industry, a science museum in Columbus, Ohio. Hickey later moved on to McGraw-Hill Education, where he developed instructional materials while simultaneously earning his M.A. in Integrated Teaching and Learning from The Ohio State University.

He currently works at Ohio State’s Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) as Lead Curriculum Developer. As part of his role, he facilitates item-writing workshops for statewide career-tech end-of-course tests and industry credentialing exams and develops eLearning materials for teachers and subject-matter experts.

An award-winning instructional designer, he is active in the learning-technologies community and has presented at several conferences related to both EdTech/learning technology and learning and development. Most recently, he has presented at the Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC), the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC), the eLearning Guild Learning Solutions Conference (LSCon), and OSU’s own Innovate conference, on topics such as assessment strategies, gamification, branching learning scenarios, and inquiry education.

Email: hickey.39@osu.edu
Twitter: @mshEducation


Ceren Korkmaz, MA

Graduate Research Associate, Office of Research, Innovation & Collaboration (ORIC), College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Ceren Korkmaz is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. She is also a Graduate Research Associate Office of Research, Innovation & Collaboration (ORIC), College of Education and Human Ecology. Korkmaz received her B.A. in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 2013. She then pursued an M.A. in Human Resources Development in Education at the same university. While pursuing her degree, she worked as an instructor of English and a curriculum developer for the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) at a foundation university in Ankara, Turkey. Her work involved close contact with young adults as well as various units within the DFL regarding testing, educational technologies, extracurricular activities, and professional development. She gave workshops to her colleagues on technology integration and conducted research on faculty technology use in classrooms.

At The Ohio State University, Korkmaz investigated machine learning & its relationship to learning technologies, and TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) assessment in pre-service English language teaching. Her work on machine learning was presented at the 2018 College of Education and Human Ecology Student Research Forum and this study is currently under review for publication. Additionally, along with her program cohort, she took a closer look at model STEM schools in Franklin County, Ohio, USA, and how they can be leveraged to increase the quality of STEM education in the county at large. In 2019, she collaborated with the Department of Design at OSU on a project regarding the place of emotion in learning experience design.

Korkmaz’s current research interests include mobile and e-learning, learning experience design, and emotional design.

E-mail: korkmaz.11@osu.edu

Twitter: @lxdify


Chenxi Liu, MA

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE), The Ohio State University

Chenxi Liu is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Liu holds a B.A. in Radio and TV Editing and Directing from Zhejiang University of Media and Communications in China, and an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Bowling Green State University.

Liu has worked in teaching and learning as a Chinese language teacher, program co-founder, curriculum developer, and instructional designer. She has also worked in the media industry as a TV director and editor specializing in children’s education and development. Her working experience includes local schools, online learning companies, and TV stations.

Driven by her work experience and educational background, Liu desires to explore innovative measures to promote learners’ motivation and engagement and help them to reach their full potential in digital learning. She wishes to fuse research and practice in various educational settings. Utilizing data science and cognitive science, she aims to design connected digital learning methods that are proper for learners with various purposes and backgrounds.

Liu’s current research interests include online and mobile learning, collaborative learning, instructional design and evaluation, learning experience design, educational technology design and production, and learning analytics and modeling.

E-mail: liu.8184@buckeyemail.osu.edu
Twitter: @cliu0623


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Cara A North, MA

Senior Learning Experience Designer, College of Education and Human Ecology, Office of Information Technology, The Ohio State University

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Cara A North is a doctoral student in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Cara holds a MA with an emphasis in Workforce Development from The Ohio State University and a BA in Journalism from the University of Kentucky.

She has worked in learning and development for more than 10 years as a trainer, curriculum developer, learning management systems administrator, and instructional designer. Her learning and development experience includes Amazon.com and various non-profit and higher education organizations.

North is committed to lifelong learning and scholarship through her leadership in many organizations. She serves as President of the Central Ohio Association for Talent and Development (ATD) and is the host of the Learning Technologies show for the Training Learning and Development Community. North is also the Communications Officer for the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT).

North’s research interests include instructional design standards, learning experience design, and learning analytics. She gives back by serving as a mentor to emerging talent in learning and development.

E-mail: north.129@osu.edu
Website: caranorth.com
Twitter: @caranorth11


Fan Xu, MA

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Graduate Research Assistant, Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE), The Ohio State University

Fan Xu is a doctoral student of Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Fan received her B. S. in Educational Technology from Shanghai Normal University, China in 2017. She then pursued a M.S. in Information Technology in Education at The University of Hong Kong in the next year, specializing in Learning Design Technology direction. She completed her independent project for the MITE program by working as a part-time research assistant at Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative and has contributed to the data analysis of several HKU Small Private Online Courses.

While studying in Hong Kong, she worked as an instructional designer at a local company that focused on e-learning design and development of Mandarin courses for French adults. She also designed and developed online training courses cooperating with local universities, insurance, and reinsurance companies. She has a great passion for optimizing e-learning design to engage and motivate adult learners.

Xu was involved in academic projects initiated by Research Center for Higher Education, Southern University of Science and Technology, where she worked after earning her master’s degree. She has recently become interested in MOOC design and assessment in higher education contexts, and is excited about its potential, particularly in developing countries. In addition, Fan’s current research interests include instructional design, learning analytics, learning science and lifelong learning with technologies.

E-mail: xu.3849@buckeyemail.osu.edu
Twitter: @FanXU92073425


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Karen Bruce Wallace, PhD, MLT

Learning and Performance Specialist, Nationwide Academy, Nationwide Insurance

Karen Bruce Wallace is a learning designer and academic. She works as a Learning and Performance Specialist for the Nationwide Academy at Nationwide Insurance. She holds a B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in English from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and an M.A. and Ph.D in English from the Ohio State University. She recently earned her Masters of Learning Technologies under the supervision of Dr. Ana-Paula Correia. She completed her capstone project for the MLT as an intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and has designed multiple online courses for the English department, where she used to work as a senior lecturer. In her current role at Nationwide, she focuses on learning design and e-learning development for insurance agents, working on a wide range of projects from compliance to systems training.

As a scholar with a background in disability studies, Bruce Wallace is passionate about creating learning experiences that are effective and engaging for all individuals. This commitment guides her design and development work, and informs her research agenda. She is interested in inclusion, accessibility, and justice in learning design, and in the theory and application of Universal Design for Learning. She always seeks to learn more about methods to maximize engagement and motivation, particularly gamification and game-based learning. She has recently become interested in microlearning and microcertification, and is excited about exploring the possibilities that they offer.

When she is not working in learning design, she is researching, presenting, and publishing on Anglo-Saxon disability.

E-mail: kbrucewallace@gmail.com
Twitter: @kbrucewallace


Vicki Simmerman, MLT

Masters of Learning Technology, The Ohio State University

Vicki Simmerman completed her Master of Learning Technologies program in December 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and has presented on several educational and instructional design topics. Her capstone project for the MLT was the evaluation and review of the OHI/O Hackathon and its effects as a bridge between academics and informal learning; scholarship and employment. Her work interests include the Open Learning platform which is where MOOCs reside at the Ohio State University. 

E-mail: mooc.club@gmail.com
Twitter: @VSimmerman