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.

Twitter: @correia65

Ceren Korkmaz, MA

Doctoral student of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University

Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University

Ceren Korkmaz is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University. 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 Ohio State, 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, 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 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 (ORIC), 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 Research Forum that took place on February 13, 2020.

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

Twitter: @lxdify

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 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.

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.

Twitter: @mshEducation

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 appropriate 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.

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. Fan received her B.S. in Educational Technology from Shanghai Normal University, China in 2017. She then pursued a M.Sc. in Information Technology in Education at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), 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-speaking 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 the Research Center for Higher Education, Southern University of Science and Technology in Guangdong Province, China, 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, Xu’s current research interests include instructional design, learning analytics, learning science, and lifelong learning with technologies.

Twitter: @FanXU92073425

Deborah Smith, 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 Smith 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.

Smith 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, Smith 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.

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

Twitter: @MVNUmathprof

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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.

Twitter: @kbrucewallace

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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 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).

Twitter: @caranorth11

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. 

Twitter: @VSimmerman