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Ana-Paula Correia, PhD

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 90 journal articles 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 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pappajohn Center/Kauffman Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and 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 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 9th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

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


Erin Clarke-Dorrell, MLS

Doctoral candidate of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Recipient

Erin Clarke is a doctoral candidate 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 an 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 to 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. Currently, Clarke serves as the Newsletter and Social Media Content Editor for AERA Special Interest Group in Online Teaching and Learning.

E-mail: dorrell.11@osu.edu
Twitter: @ekclarke18 


Sean Hickey, MA

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Lead Curriculum Developer, Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE), 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. His current research interests revolve around e-Learning tools and formats (e.g., simulations, and Virtual Reality) and how they can support the teaching of noncognitive skills to adults.

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


Chenxi Liu, MA

Doctoral candidate 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 candidate in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center on Education and Learning for Employment.

Liu holds a BA in Radio and TV Editing and Directing from Zhejiang University of Media and Communications in China, and an MA 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 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 is currently investigating learners’ engagement and acceptance of mobile learning applications. She has presented her work at the 2020 Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology Research Forum and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2020 Virtual Conference. She will also present at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Virtual Annual Meeting in April 2021.

She recently co-authored with Fan Xu and Dr. Ana-Paula Correia a peer-reviewed article on evaluating videoconferencing systems for the quality of the educational experience. Additionally, she has served as a peer reviewer for the AECT 2020 Virtual Conference.

In her graduate course on “Applied Instructional Design,” Liu with a group of classmates developed a multimedia-based educational solution 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 current research interests include online and mobile learning, collaborative learning, learning experience design, lifelong learning with the support of new technologies, digital learning, and learning analytics and modeling.

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


Fan Xu, 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

Fan Xu is a Doctoral student of Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center on Education and Learning for Employment (CETE).

Xu received her BS in Educational Technology from Shanghai Normal University, China in 2017. She then pursued a MSc in Information Technology in Education at The University of Hong Kong specializing in Learning Design Technology. While studying in Hong Kong, she worked as an instructional designer at a local company, designing and developing e-learning experiences for adult learners and creating online training for local universities and companies. 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.

In the past year, Xu has been working with colleagues at CETE. For example, she co-authored with Chenxi Liu and Dr. Ana-Paula Correia a peer-reviewed article on evaluating videoconferencing systems for the quality of the educational experience. Additionally, she has served as an Instructional Design expert on a DACUM workshop panel.

In her graduate course on “Applied Instructional Design,” Liu with a group of classmates developed a multimedia-based educational solution 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.

Xu presented her research at tat the 2020 Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology Research Forum and the AECT 2020 Virtual Conference. She has recently been awarded the Donald G. Lux and Harriet H. Lux Scholarship in Technology Education from Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology. Xu also worked as a volunteer at AECT virtual conference as a session facilitator and coordinator and in the High School I/O Virtual Hackathon. In addition, Xu’s current research interests include learning design, computational thinking, online learning and teaching, and learning analytics.

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


Deborah Hewlett, MSc

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

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

Deborah Hewlett is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. Smith 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

Jiarui Xie is a doctoral student of Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University.

Xie holds a BS and a MSc in Educational Technology from Shaanxi Normal University, China. In 2018, she also studied at the University of California, San Diego, California, US.

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

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
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Vivian Martins, MA

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

Vivian Martins is a doctoral candidate in Education from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil. She is a member of the Teaching and Cyberculture research group at UERJ.

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.

She is currently a professor of Distance Education and Educational Technologies of 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. She has been working with these areas for the past ten years.

At the moment, she is a visiting scholar at The Ohio State University in the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE). She is working with Dr. Ana-Paula Correia on research & development activities in online education, learning & curriculum design, and educational technology.

Vivian’s areas of professional expertise are online education, education & cyberculture, and educational technologies. She has been working with these areas for the past ten years.

E-mail: martins.44@osu.edu
Twitter: @vivian_martins4


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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.


Ceren Korkmaz, MA

Learning Experience Designer 

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.

During her stay at The Ohio State University as a doctoral student of Learning Technologies, Korkmaz investigated machine learning & its relationship to learning technologies. Her work on machine learning was presented at the 2018 College of Education and Human Ecology Student Research Forum and it has been published on Educational Media International. Additionally, along with her program cohort, she took a closer look at model STEM schools in Franklin County, Ohio, 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 Ohio State on a project regarding the place of emotion in learning experience design. From 2019-2020 she worked as a Graduate Research Associate Office of Research, Innovation & Collaboration, College of Education and Human Ecology. As part of her GRA assignment, she developed the mobile app for Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology 2020 Research Forum.

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


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Cara A North, MA

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 served 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 was also the Communications Officer for the Research and Theory Division of the Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT).