Welcome Jessica Bates to the LED research group!

The LED research group welcomes Jessica Bates! Jessica is a doctoral student in Educational Studies specializing in Learning Technologies. She brings such valuable experience and passion for creating virtual learning experiences to our research group.

Jessica Bates

Jessica Bates

Jessica currently holds the position of Program Engagement and Curriculum Coordinator, along with serving as the Interim School Support Coordinator at Virtual Virginia. In this capacity, she collaborates with her team to create high-quality online instructional materials for K-12 curriculum, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, World Languages, Advanced Placement, Adult Education, and Dual Enrollment courses for Virginia Public Schools. Additionally, she provides support to school divisions throughout Virginia, offering digital resources and professional development opportunities for educators. Jessica is also a current and active member of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance.

Jessica has a B.S.Ed. degree from George Mason University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia in 2013. Following her graduation, Jessica embarked on a career in teaching and played a pivotal role in developing online curricula and virtual courses for Virginia Public Schools. In 2020, she assumed the role of Elementary and Middle School Curriculum Supervisor for Virtual Virginia, a program under the Virginia Department of Education. Since then, she has contributed to the design and development of over 150 online courses and curricular materials for Virginia Public Schools.

Jessica’s academic and research interests revolve around instructional design and development, the effective integration of technology in teaching and learning, and exploring the factors that drive learner motivation and engagement within digital learning environments.

Jessica also spends her time enjoying exercise and attending her three children’s sporting activities, Holloway, 9, Hattie, 6, and Hartwell, 3. You can find the entire family at the Ohio State’s Men’s Volleyball matches in the Spring supporting her husband, Hudson Bates, the Associate Head Coach for OSU Men’s Volleyball.

Welcome Batzaya (Zack) Batsaikhan to the LED research group!

The LED research group welcomes Batzaya (Zack) Batsaikhan! Zack is a doctoral student in Educational Studies specializing in Learning Technologies. With a rich background in product design, Human-Computer Interaction, and a passion for creating meaningful change, Zack brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our research group.

Batzaya (Zack) Batsaikhan

Batzaya (Zack) Batsaikhan

Zack is originally from Mongolia, and he holds an M.Sc. in Human-Computer Interaction from Iowa State University and a B.I.T in Information Technology from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. Over the span of a decade, Zack has built and managed numerous successful innovative startups as well as designed and implemented human-centered digital products and services. His interests expand to developing an interdisciplinary approach to tackle complex social problems through design, technology, education, and entrepreneurship.

Zack has been featured in Forbes Mongolia’s 30 Under 30 list, was a Fulbright Scholar, Rumsfeld Fellow, LEAD Mongolia & Bhutan Fellow, and World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers alumnus. During U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Mongolia, Zack led his interview and hosted his visit with other Mongolian young entrepreneurs.

His academic and research interests include entrepreneurship in learning technologies, learner experience design, online learning design and development, applications of emerging technologies in education (AI/AR/VR), and human-computer interaction (HCI/UX/UI/IxD).

When Zack is not working, he enjoys traveling, climbing mountains, taking photographs, and spending time with his family.

Welcome Mimi Adjei to the LED research group!

The LED research group welcomes Mimi Adjei! Mimi is a doctoral student in Educational Studies specializing in Learning Technologies. She is originally from Ghana where she had her elementary education through to college. She completed her B.S in Actuarial Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana, and holds an M.Sc. in Mathematics and an M.Ed. in Education & Teaching from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Mimi Adjei

Mimi Adjei

After spending time as a teaching assistant during her undergraduate studies, Mimi began her teaching career as a sixth-grade teacher. She taught mathematics and assisted with the day-to-day needs of the newly established department of Educational Technology. She has since taught mathematics and computer science classes at the high school and collegiate levels. Her focus is to help students develop a sense of independence in their learning through self-reflection and meaningful feedback. As a RALLY for STEM teaching fellow, Mimi champions STEM education in rural Southeastern Ohio and provides children with greater access to STEM careers. 

Mimi likes to explore new recipes and is currently developing a collection of fusion cuisines from around the world.  She also recently picked up hand embroidery as her creative outlet. 

Mimi’s current research interests include learning design & analytics, human-computer interaction (HCI), and artificial intelligence applications in education. 

LED research group welcomes Jiarui Xie!

The LED research group welcomes Jiarui Xie! Jiarui Xie is a doctoral student in Education specializing in Learning Technologies. Jiarui holds a B.S. and M.S. in Educational Technology from Shaanxi Normal University in China in 2016 and 2019, respectively. She also studied at the University of California, San Diego, for four months in 2018.

Jiarui Xie

Jiarui worked as a news videographer and a news editor at the News Center of Shaanxi Normal University during her undergraduate studies. She was mainly responsible for filming critical events in the university, then editing them into video news, and posting the information on its website. She also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at Shaanxi Normal University. She helped her advisor design and create two online courses for undergraduates during this period. After graduation and before she started her doctoral study, she taught an English course at Xi’an Vocational and Technical College in China.

Jiarui likes to travel and explore different cuisines. She is a food critic with nearly 2,000 fans. She often publishes food reviews on a well-known food app in China named Dianping; more than 5 million people have viewed her posts.

Jiarui’s current research interests include online teaching and learning, learning design, collaborative learning, mixed research methods, and equity in Education.

LED Research Group Welcomes Brazilian Visiting Scholar

In January 2021, the group welcomed Professor Vivian Martins as the first Learning & Experience Research Group visiting scholar. Vivian joined us from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil where she is a doctoral candidate in Education. She is a member of the Teaching and Cyberculture research group at UERJ and her research revolves around online education, education & cyberculture, and educational technologies.

Vivian meets periodically with Dr. Ana-Paula Correia, discusses her research with the members of the research group, and introduces them to novel concepts like hypermobility and cyberculture in Education.

For more about Vivian Martins and her experience at Ohio State check out CETE News “Schools Belong to Everyone. A Closer Look at Educational Technology in Brazil with Visiting Scholar Vivian Martins” by Marcie Kamb.

Sean Hickey, award-wining learning designer joins the LED research group

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 print and digital 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.

Among his many eLearning projects, Hickey created a software-training game for users of CETE’s WebXam testing system. The game won the “Seasoned Professional” division of Central Ohio ATD’s Look & Learn event. He was also co-creator of an eLearning game about writing multiple-choice test items, called “Multiple-Choice Mayhem,” which was recognized by the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) as a 2019 Outstanding Digital Learning Artifact and received “Best in Show” at the 2019 Learning Solutions Conference (LSCon) DemoFest.

As part of the research group, Hickey plans to study critical-thinking and non-cognitive skills and how they can be developed or enhanced using technology. He is also currently researching how augmented reality and virtual reality can be used in career-technical education for both training and assessment.

LED research group welcomes Social Media influencer, Fan Xu

The LED research group welcomes Fan Xu this semester. Fan is a graduate from the University of Hong Kong and a first-year doctoral student in Education, specialization in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. She loves sharing her life on social media platform and there are 300,000 Chinese people are watching her Vlog.

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, specializing in Learning Design Technology. She has contributed to the data analysis of several University of Hong Kong Small Private Online Courses by working as a research assistant at Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative. 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 adult learners. She also designed and developed online training courses by cooperating with local universities and insurance companies. She has a great passion for optimizing e-learning design to engage and motivate adult learners.

After earning her master’s degree, Fan worked at Southern University of Science and Technology in China where she was involved in several academic projects initiated by the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO. During that time, she became interested in MOOC design and assessment in higher education contexts, and she is excited about MOOCs teaching potential, particularly in developing countries.

Chenxi Liu, educational TV & Film director joins LED research group

Chenxi Liu is a doctoral student in Education, specializing 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 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 in the field of children’s education & development. Her working experience includes local schools, online learning organizations, and TV & Film.

Driven by her work experience and educational background, Liu desires to explore innovative strategies to promote learners’ motivation and engagement and help them to reach their full potential as 21st-century learners. She wishes to fuse research and practice in educational settings. Utilizing data and cognitive science, she aims to design and develop connected digital learning systems that support learners in various educational pursuits.

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

The project that Liu is currently working on as part of the LED research group aims to explore learning experience design strategies to improve students’ engagement in mobile-computer-supported collaborative learning.

Erin Clarke, Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellow, is joining the LED research group

The LED research group welcomes Erin Clarke this semester. Erin is the recipient of Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Enrichment Fellowship and a first-year doctoral student in Learning Technologies.

Erin completed a Master of Library Science with a specialization in Digital Libraries at Indiana University-Bloomington. While in graduate school she was awarded two competitive assistantships. The first, as Metadata Graduate Assistant at Library Technologies, Herman B Wells Library. The second, as an Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Graduate Assistant, at the Lilly Library and University Archives and Records Management. While at Indiana University, she was awarded the Information & Library Science Merit Scholarship created to support students with a record of academic excellence.

Before graduate from Indiana University, Erin worked as an EAD Intern at Library Technologies, Herman B Wells Library. During her work as an intern, she explored the origins and use of Encoded Archival Description, evaluated tools and methods in creation of EAD and offered professional development training. She ended her internship by co-presenting about the future of EAD at Indiana University’s libraries in-house conference.

From 2012 to 2013, Erin was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at Lamar University. The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program is a grant funded program by the U.S. Department of Education. Currently there are only 186 programs across the country. The purpose is to prepare, through research and other means, first-generation and low-income students or those underrepresented in their field for doctoral study. Coincidently, Erin directed this program at Lamar University as the Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program before starting her doctoral studies at The Ohio State University.