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Ana-Paula Correia, Ph.D.

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

Ana-Paula Correia is a Professor of Learning Technologies in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. She holds an 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. 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. To date, she published over 100 papers and book chapters in three different languages: English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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

Correia served as the Faculty Co-Coordinator for The Ohio State University’s Masters of Learning Technologies until September 2021. Launched in August 2016, this program is ranked 10th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

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


Sean Hickey, M.A.

Doctoral candidate of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

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

Sean Hickey is a doctoral candidate in Educational Studies with a concentration 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 is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies.

He currently works as the Deputy Director of the Assessment Program at The Ohio State University’s Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE). As part of his role at CETE, Sean is the lead facilitator for the Technical Testing Project and develops eLearning and professional development materials for teachers.

Hickey is an award-winning instructional designer. He was recently recognized by the Central Ohio chapter of the Association for Talent Development (COATD) for a training game he developed to help teachers familiarize themselves with the WebXam testing platform. In 2019, an eLearning module he created to help teachers and trainers develop multiple-choice assessments, Multiple-Choice Mayhemwas recognized by the Learner Engagement Division of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) as an “Outstanding Learning Artifact.” Multiple-Choice Mayhem also won the prestigious “Best in Show” award in the eLearning Guild’s 2019 Learning Solutions Conference (LSCon).

Hickey is active in instructional design groups and associations both at the state and the national level. He has given presentations on topics of inquiry-based education, student-centered learning, gamification, eLearning, and online assessments at a number of conferences and events, including Central Ohio ATD’s Learning Technologies and Design Day, the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC), the Association of Science and Technology Centers annual conference, Learning DevCamp, Learning Solutions Conference, the Association for Education Communications and Technology (AETC) annual conference, and the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC).

His current research interests revolve around e-Learning tools and formats (e.g., generative Artificial Intelligence, simulations, and Virtual Reality) and how they can support the teaching of noncognitive skills to adults.

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


Deborah Hewlett, MSc.

Doctoral candidate of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Director of the Center for Innovative Education & Associate Professor of Mathematics, School of Natural and Social Sciences, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio

Deborah Hewlett is a doctoral student in Educational Studies with a concentration in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Hewlett received her B.S. in Integrated Mathematics Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 2005 and her M.Sc. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Hewlett taught high school mathematics for ten years and was simultaneously an adjunct for Columbus State Community College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) for three years before transitioning to a full-time position in the mathematics department at MVNU in the August of 2016.  In 2019, Hewlett was appointed as the Director of the Center for Innovative Education at MVNU. As a result of this appointment, she was responsible for leading faculty development to equip for emergency remote teaching during the Spring 2020 semester and developing continuing faculty development to prepare for an adaptive learning model for Fall 2020 and beyond.

Hewlett’s research interests include emerging learning technologies, hyflex learning, and faculty development.

E-mail: hewlett.26@osu.edu
Twitter: @MVNUmathprof


Jiarui Xie, MSc.

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

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

Jiarui Xie is currently a doctoral student in Educational Studies with a concentration in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center on Education and Learning for Employment.

Jiarui Xie holds a B.S. and an MSc in Educational Technology from Shaanxi Normal University, China. In 2018, she also studied at the University of California, San Diego, California, U.S.

During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a news videographer and a news editor at the News Center of Shaanxi Normal University, China. During her graduate studies, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant for two undergraduate courses at Shaanxi Normal University. After graduation, she worked as an English teacher at Xi’an Vocational and Technical College in China.

Xie research studies include asynchronous online discussion, teacher online training, rural education, deep learning, problem-solving, and learning analytics. She presented one of her research studies at the 2022 Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology Research Forum.

Xie’s current research interests include online teaching and learning, instructional design, collaborative learning, mixed research methods, and equity in education.

E-mail: xie.1196@osu.edu
Twitter: @JiaruiXie27


Mimi Adjei, MSc., M.Ed.

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

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

Mimi Adjei is a doctoral student in Educational Studies with a concentration in  Learning Technologies at the Ohio State University and a Graduate Research Associate at the Center on Education and Learning for Employment.

She received her B.S. in Actuarial Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. She also holds both an M.Sc. in Mathematics and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

While Adjei has taught a variety of mathematics and computer science classes in both public and independent schools, her focus as an instructor has always been to help students develop a sense of independence in their learning through self-reflection and meaningful feedback. For her doctoral studies, she has shifted her aim to exploring approaches that leverage data-driven insights and HCI principles to optimize educational processes and promote effective learning.

Her current research interests are the intersection of learning design, analytics, and human-computer interaction (HCI) and their application to product and systems design.

E-mail: adjei.39@osu.edu
Twitter: @Adjei_Mimi


Jessica Bates, M.Ed.

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Program Engagement, Curriculum Coordinator and School Support Coordinator, Virtual Virginia

Jessica Bates is a doctoral student in Educational Studies with a concentration in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. She received her B.S.Ed. from the George Mason University in 2008. She also holds a M.Ed in Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia in 2013. After graduating Bates began teaching and developing online curriculum and virtual course developments for Virginia Public Schools. She then became the Elementary and Middle School Curriculum Supervisor for Virtual Virginia, a program of the Virginia Department of Education, in 2020. Since then, she has helped design and develop over 150 online courses and curriculum for Virginia Public Schools.

Currently Bates is the Program Engagement and Curriculum Coordinator as well as the Interim School Support Coordinator with Virtual Virginia. In this role she works with a team to develop High Quality Instructional Materials online for K-12 curriculum, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, World Languages, Advanced Placement, Adult Education, and Dual Enrollment courses for Virginia Public Schools. Bates supports school divisions across the state of Virginia to provide digital resources and professional development for educators. She is a current and active member of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance.

Bates academic interests and topics of research include instructional design and development, technology integration in teaching and learning, and learner’s motivation and engagement in the digital environment.

E-mail: bates.641@osu.edu


Batzaya (Zack) Batsaikhan, MSc.

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

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

Batzaya (Zack) Batsaikhan received his M.Sc. in Human-Computer Interaction from Iowa State University on Fulbright Scholarship and holds a B.I.T in Information Technology from Mongolian University of Science and Technology.

He is a seasoned product designer and startup founder with 10+ years of professional experience building and managing numerous successful innovative startups as well as designing and implementing human-centered digital products and services. Having spent substantial time in the tech and media landscape, he grew passionate about taking an interdisciplinary approach to tackle complex social problems through design, technology, education, and entrepreneurship.

Batsaikhan 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, Batsaikhan led his interview and hosted his visit with other Mongolian young entrepreneurs.

Batsaikhan current 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).

Email: batsaikhan.6@buckeyemail.osu.edu
Website: www.batzaya.net
Social Handle: @batzayab


The LED Research Fellows

A research fellow remains involved with the LED research group after graduating and/or the visiting scholar on-site experience. They play a multifaceted role by contributing to ongoing research and writing projects, mentoring current members, and collaborating in grant writing. Their experience and expertise are valuable assets that help the research group continue to thrive and make meaningful contributions to educational technology.


Marvin Evans, Ph.D., MSc.

Assistant Professor at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina

Marvin Evans holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. He completed the Master of Learning Technologies in August 2022 and also completed an interdisciplinary specialization in Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement.

Evans is a Caribbean National and completed his Master of Science in Computer Science (with Distinction) at the University of the West Indies in 2019 and was the Valedictorian at the Mico University College, where he received a Bachelor of Education specializing in Computer Science (First Class Honors) in 2015. He is a first-generation college student and taught Mathematics and Computer Science up to grade 13 for four years at a well-ranked all-girls high school in the Caribbean.

Teaching is Evans’ passion, and his research and career interests are geared around classroom technology integration, instructional design, curriculum development, social media learning communities, and teacher technology training.


Edméa Santos, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar, Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE), The Ohio State University (January to June 2023)

Edméa Santos is a full professor of Education in the Graduate Program in Education at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is a leader in different research associations in Brazil, such as ANPED Special Interest Group on Education and Communication (GT 16), and the Vice-president of ABCIBER.

She is currently a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University in the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) and a member of this research group.

Santos works as a faculty advisor for masters and Ph.D. programs in the area of Education in Cyberculture. She directs the Teaching and Cyberculture Research Group (GPDOC) at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro.

Santos’ work is a reference in Online Education, and she is an expert in Cyberculture. Cyberculture is more than an “evolution” of Distance Education practices; it is a phenomenon in itself. Her research group investigates interactive, collaborative curricular designs, hypermedia, and creative online education solutions.

For the last 25 years, she has been developing a research methodology known in Brazil as Research-training in Cyberculture or Cyber-research-training. Qualitatively focused, this approach integrates training contexts into academic research practices. The digital network is used as a research field and device for the production of research material in cybercultural contexts. They research virtual learning environments, social networks, and digital products in general.

E-mail: edmeasantos@ufrrj.br
Website: http://www.edmeasantos.pro.br
Twitter: @edmeabaiana
Follow her journey at Ohio State and Columbus on Instagram:
@mea.santos


Chenxi Liu, Ph.D., M.A.

Social Sciences Researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, Stanford, California

Chenxi Liu holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in  Learning Technologies from The Ohio State University. She is currently a full-time Social Sciences Researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

Liu holds a B.A. in Radio and TV Editing and Directing from the Communication University of Zhejiang 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 leader, and instructional designer at Sylvania Schools. 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 strategies to promote learners’ motivation and engagement and help them to reach their full potential as digital learners. She wishes to fuse research and practice in various educational settings. Utilizing data science and cognitive science, she aims to design connected digital learning for learners with different goals and backgrounds.

Liu has led and been closely involved in multiple qualitative and quantitative studies on a wide range of topics (e.g., mobile learning, e-learning, motivation and engagement, and learning outcomes). Her work has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences (e.g., the Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology Research Forum, the Association for Educational Communications and Technology annual convention, and the American Educational Research Association annual conference), and published in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Online Learning Journal, Distance Education).

In her graduate course on “Applied Instructional Design,” Liu, with a group of classmates, developed an evidence-based interactive online learning module for the Ohio State’s College of Nursing Community Health Worker Training Program. This project was ranked 2nd place at a national instructional design competition presented by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Division of Distance Learning.

Liu’s research interests include mobile learning, online learning, learning technology design, instructional and learning experience design, learning analytics and modeling, and usability testing and evaluation.

E-mail: chenxilcx@gmail.com
Twitter: @ChenxiLiuPhD


Fan Xu, Ph.D., MSc.

Senior Learning Designer, Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE), The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Fan Xu holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in  Learning Technologies from The Ohio State University. She is currently a full-time Senior Learning Designer at Ohio State’s Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE). 

Xu received her B.S. in Educational Technology at Shanghai Normal University in 2017. She got her M.Sc. in Information Technology in Education from the University of Hong Kong in 2018.

Xu is experienced in e-learning design and assessment. She was an instructional designer, working for universities and companies in Hong Kong to design and develop online courses and training. She worked for the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative on the assessment of a series of small private online courses (SPOCs). Xu also worked at the Research Center for Higher Education, Southern University of Science and Technology University, and participated in the initiation of several joint projects with UNESCO-ICHEI (International Centre for Higher Education Innovation) about educational technologies in developing countries in Asia and Africa.

During her doctoral studies, in the “Applied Instructional Design” graduate course, Xu and her teammates developed a multimedia-based educational solution for the Ohio State’s College of Nursing Community Health Worker Training Program. This e-learning module was ranked 2nd place at a national instructional design competition presented by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Division of Distance Learning.

Xu’s research interests include computer-supported collaborative learning, computational thinking, distance education, learning design, and learning analytics.

E-mail: xu.3849@osu.edu
Website: fanxuspace.webnode.page
Twitter: @FanXU92073425


Erin Clarke-Dorrell, Ph.D., M.L.S.

Undergraduate Research Librarian, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

Erin Clarke-Dorrell holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in  Learning Technologies from The Ohio State University. Clarke-Dorrell 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 an M.L.S. specializing in Digital Libraries at Indiana University-Bloomington.

 She has worked in academia since earning her master’s as the director of the Lamar University Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Clarke-Dorrell’s work and educational background have led her to a commitment to provide undergraduate students with the resources they need to do research. This pledge has driven her to the Learning Technologies Program at The Ohio State University.

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

Twitter: @ekclarke18 


Vivian Martins, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Visiting Scholar, Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE), The Ohio State University (2021-2022)

Vivian Martins holds a Ph.D. in Education from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil. She received both a BA in Pedagogy and a MA in Education from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, and in 2011 she completed her MBA in Human Resource Management from the Federal Fluminense University. She specializes in the planning, implementation, and management of distance education.

Martins is currently a professor of Distance Education and Educational Technologies at the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ). At IFRJ she is a member of the Territory, Culture, and Identity research group and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Culture, Identity, and Diversity. Her areas of professional expertise are online education, education & cyberculture, and educational technologies.

In 2021 she was a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University in the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) and a member of this research group. She works with Dr. Ana-Paula Correia on research & development activities in online education, learning & curriculum design, and educational technology.

Marins’ areas of professional expertise are online education, education & cyberculture, and educational technologies. She has been working in these areas for the past eleven years.

Twitter: @vivian_martins4


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Karen Bruce Wallace, Ph.D., M.L.T.

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 now working in learning design, and she is researching, presenting, and publishing on Anglo-Saxon disability.